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Communication Studies

Minor in Communication Studies, Public Communication and Persuasion

Students who minor in rhetorical studies will develop an understanding of symbols and symbolic form and how they influence human behavior. Students will consider the classical foundations of the study of rhetoric and have the opportunity to critically and carefully evaluate persuasive messages from a variety of perspectives.  Emphasis is on becoming a more critical consumer and effective, ethical producer of communication in its oral and written forms.

Communication Studies course work assists students in enhancing such competencies as critical inquiry, problem solving, media and message design, oral performance, relational interaction, and cultural communication. The Communication Studies curriculum provides a foundation for students interested in pursuing careers that apply communication principles, such as public relations, sales, marketing, video or film production, corporate media production, training and development, human resources, public affairs, consulting, and special events planning. In addition, it prepares students for graduate work in various areas, including communication, informatics, humanities, or social sciences, or in professional programs such as law, business, health, and social work.

A minor in Public Communication and Persuasion (COMM) requires satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

  • completion of properly distributed credit hour requirements for the baccalaureate degree in effect when the student was admitted to their home school,
  • completion of 15 credit hours, with a minimum grade of C in each course,
  • 9 credits must be completed at IUPUI, at least 6 hours must be 300/400 level
  • to declare the minor, complete the School of Liberal Arts online declaration form: https://liberalarts.iupui.edu/updatemajor/

Minor Requirements:

  • COMM-R 110: Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3 cr.)


  • 9 credit hours from COMM-R classes

3 additional credits elected from the following:

  • and additional COMM-R course
  • COMM-M 210: Media Message Design (3 cr.)
  • COMM-G 391: Seminar (1-3 cr.) (with department approval)
  • COMM-G 300: Independent Study (1-8 cr.) (with Department approval)