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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.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must earn a minimum grade of 2.00 in all courses applied to the minor. 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. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: COM

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

COMM 200Communication Theory3
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: 13
Voice and Articulation
Performance for Communication Arts
Business and Professional Communication
Video: Performance and Writing
Ceremonial Speech Writing and Performance
Total Credits12

Electives in Communication

Select two COMM courses (6 credits) in consultation with an advisor 16
Total Credits6