Minor in Communication Studies

Effective communication enhances personal and professional relationships. Employers identify effective communication skills as the No. 1 criterion for hiring or promotion. What is more, our multicultural society requires knowledge and appreciation of diverse communication styles. A minor in Communication Studies can provide valuable knowledge and skills in these and other areas.  Use the Minor Planner (pdf) to identify your own program.

Requirements for a Minor in Communication Studies

Students pursuing a minor in Communication Studies must take three courses (12 units), each of which is from a different one of eight breadth areas, and eight units selected with the approval of an adviser in Communication Studies (a total of 20 units).  

Upon the recommendation of a minor adviser and approval of the department chair, students may substitute a course in a core area to satisfy the respective core requirements. Courses used to fulfill Segment I, General Education requirements, cannot be used to fulfill minor requirements. With the consent of an adviser, up to eight units of other lower-division units in Communication Studies my be counted toward the minor.

To declare a Communication Studies minor, please download the Minor Declaration Form and visit an advisor.

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