Minor in Communication

The minor in communication provides useful knowledge of human resources management, advertising, marketing, public relations/political campaign management, events management, speech writing, media production, or journalism.

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Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

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Core Courses

COMM 200 Communication Theory 3
Select two courses from the following: 6
Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
Relational Communication Theory
Media Theory
Foundations of Intercultural Communication (Mason Core)
Select one public-presentation (PPI) course from the following: 1 3
Voice and Articulation
Performance for Communication Arts
Business and Professional Communication
Video: Performance and Writing
Ceremonial Speech Writing and Performance
Total Credits 12

Other courses that are PPI may be applied to this requirement with prior written approval of the director of the minor. COMM 100 Public Speaking (Mason Core) or COMM 101 Fundamentals of Communication (Mason Core) cannot be used toward the minor. 

Electives in Communication

Select two COMM courses (6 credits) in consultation with an advisor 1 6
Total Credits 6

COMM 100 Public Speaking (Mason Core)COMM 101 Fundamentals of Communication (Mason Core), or COMM 487 Washington Media Institute cannot be used toward the minor.