The minor in communication helps students build the communication skills that are necessary for success in technology-intensive, team-oriented, and multicultural workplaces. Students can choose to build skills in interpersonal and small group communication, presentations and public speaking, digital media production, and informational or persuasive writing. Alternatively, students considering graduate study in communication can take courses in communication research and theory. 


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 208Introduction to Media Production3
COMM 305Foundations of Intercultural Communication (Mason Core)3
COMM 320Business and Professional Communication3
Total Credits9

Electives in Communication

Select three COMM courses from the following groups in any combination 19
Interpersonal communication or presentation skills
Small Group Communication
Voice and Articulation
Relational Communication Theory
Performance for Communication Arts
Nonverbal Communication
Video: Performance and Writing
Ceremonial Speech Writing and Performance
Media and digital production skills
Radio Production and Podcasting
Multi-Camera Studio Production
Digital Postproduction
Public Relations and Social Media
Informational and persuasive writing skills
Introduction to Journalism
Introduction to Public Relations
Other communication electives
Other COMM courses not included in the above groups, in consultation with the COMM minor advisor.
Total Credits9

COMM 100COMM 101, or COMM 487 cannot be used toward the minor.