Richard L. Zweigenhaft, Department of Psychology
The communications minor is open to students of any major. It offers a group of courses from various departments designed to give students a broad introduction to the general area of communications. The minor is concerned with broad social, moral and philosophical issues, as well as with the improvement of communication skills.
This minor should be considered as a core of courses that could be extended in a more focused way through additional courses, independent study and internships. Students interested in public relations or advertising, for instance, could take additional courses in art and management while majoring in English. They also could learn practical skills through involvement with college media (such as the radio station or the various publications) and arrange internships with local advertising agencies, newspapers, radio or television stations.
The minor should be particularly useful to people considering careers in any field of communications (for example, newspapers, radio or television) or business management. The minor, however, should be worthwhile in general for any student, enhancing her or his college performance and making a useful offering on a transcript for job applications in many fields.
Communications Minor Requirements
The minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours (four courses).
- PSY 241 Mass Media – 4 credits
- Two courses from: 8 credits
- BUS 310 Professional Communications
- BUS 324 Principles of Marketing
- ENGL 282 Journalism
- ENGL 285 Guilfordian Practicum
- JPS 270/PSY 270 Interpersonal Communications
- MUS 112 The History of Rock
- PSY 352 Psychology of Language
- REL 161 Religion in the New Media
- SOAN 267 Race and Gender in Media Focus
- SOAN 362 Popular Culture and Media Studies
- THEA 161 Masterpieces of the Cinema
- THEA 262 Gay & Lesbian Cinema
- THEA 265 Artistry in Film
- Any 290/390 Internship approved by minor coordinator – 4 credits
Total credit hours required for communications minor – 16 credits