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The communications minor focuses on developing oral communication skills, with opportunities for students to apply these skills in live settings.

This program will challenge you to:

  • Prepare for a career that focuses on strong communication skills.
  • Develop creative, independent and informed choices regarding one’s approach to communications.
  • Participate and compete for the C of I's award-winning Howlin' Yotes speech and debate team.
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Communication Minor

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Professional Studies & Enhancements

Courses and Requirements

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15 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Minor Requirements


Rhetorical Core

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
SPE-101 Basic Public Speaking 3 credits
SPE-201 Foundations of Oral Communication 3 credits



Complete one course from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
SPE-240 Rhetorical Criticism 3 credits
SPE-245 Critical Cultural Methodology 3 credits


Course not taken to satisfy Methods requirement (SPE-240 or SPE-245) may count toward the minor's Topics requirement.



Complete 6 credits from the following.  At least 3 credits should be outside the SPE designation. 

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
BUS-225 Principles of Management 3 credits
BUS-299T Special Topics in Business 1-3 credits
BUS-340 International Business 3 credits
JOURN-200 Principles and Practices of Journalism: Print 3 credits
JOURN-201 Principles & Practices of Journalism: Visual 3 credits
PHI-214 Introduction to Logic 3 credits
POE-199 Model United Nations I 1 credits
POE-299 Evidence, Proof, and Knowledge 3 credits
POE-399 Model United Nations II 2 credits
SPE-199 Debate I 1 credits
SPE-305 Paradigms in Intercultural Communication 3 credits
SPE-306 Communicating Gender and Sexuality 3 credits
SPE-310 Topics in the Philosophy of Communication 3 credits
SPE-325 New Media Communication 3 credits
SPE-399 Debate II 1 credits
THE-200 Introduction to Film Studies 3 credits
THE-215 Acting Fundamentals 3 credits
THE-216 Voice and Diction 3 credits


If not taken to satisfy the Methods requirement SPE-240 or SPE-245 may be count toward the Topics requirement.

POE-199: Up to 3 credits may count toward this requirement.

POE-399: Up to 3 credits may count toward this requirement.

SPE-199: Up to 3 credits may count toward this requirement.

SPE-399: Up to 3 credits may count toward this requirement.

BUS-299T: With approval of Minor Supervisor to ensure a communication focus



Mock Supreme Court

Mock Supreme CourtA Unique Learning Opportunity

Students had the chance to study-up on and portray Supreme Court Justices while real-life attorneys argued cases during this unique winter term class.