Communication (Minor)

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Effective communication is essential for nearly every human endeavor. The ability to convey ideas, share opinions and influence behavior is a critical skill that directly affect our professional and personal lives. This minor prepares you to better understand and successfully practice communication.

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The minor program in communication provides students the opportunity to understand the role and function of communication in cultural, public, organizational and relational contexts. The program offers a flexible set of courses and is designed for students majoring in another field.

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Communication (Minor)

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Program requirements

The minor in communication consists of 18 credit hours (a minimum of 12 credit hours must be upper division). A minimum of six upper-division credit hours must be taken through the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students wishing to pursue the minor must meet with an academic advisor to construct a set of courses that reflect a particular area of specialty and interest. All courses must be passed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00).
Required Courses -- 6 credit hours
Upper-Division Electives -- 12 credit hours
Up to three credit hours of COM 382, 383, 483, 484, 498 or 499 may be applied toward the minor.
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Degree requirements

The minor consists of 18 credit hours of communication courses. Students wishing to pursue a minor must meet with an academic advisor to construct a set of courses that reflect a particular area of specialty and interest. At least 12 credit hours must come from upper-division courses and a maximum of six credit hours are allowed from lower-division course work. To graduate with the minor, students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in communication courses. All courses must be passed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00).

Required courses: (6 credit hours)
COM 100 Introduction to Human Communications, SB (3)
COM 225 Public Speaking, L (3)

COM elective courses (12 credit hours)

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BA and BS in communication

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

The minor in communication is open to all ASU undergraduate majors.

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Career outlook

The minor in communication is a strong addition to any major. The minor enhances student preparation for employment in diverse areas such as advertising, corporate communications, crisis management, health communications, human resource management, media and public relations, social media, and training and development.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary 10%$66,510
Copy Writers7.6%$61,820
Training and Development Specialists 11.5%$60,360
Editors-1.4%$58,770
Lawyers8.2%$119,250
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 23.2%$63,230
Broadcast News Analysts-0.4%$62,910
Reporters and Correspondents -10%$39,370
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers 10.4%$111,280
Public Relations Specialists 8.8%$59,300

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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