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Communication Studies

Minor in Communication Studies, Health Communication

This minor is for students who seek to improve their understanding and skills that would help them communicate as health advocates; educate communities about important health issues; design persuasive health messages; and advise healthcare organizations and providers how to communicate with patients, promote services, and relate with the public.

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.

A minor in Health Communication (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 in the minor, with a minimum grade of C in each course,
  • 9 credits must be completed at IUPUI, 6 credits must be from the 300-level or higher,
  • COMM-R 110 may not count towards this minor
  • to declare the minor, complete the School of Liberal Arts online declaration form: https://liberalarts.iupui.edu/admissions/declare-major.html
  • Communication Studies majors cannot complete this minor.

Minor Requirements (9 credit hours):

  • COMM-C 180 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.) OR
  • COMM-M 150 Mass Media and Contemporary Society (3 cr.)


  • COMM-C 392 Health Communication (3 cr.)
  • COMM-C 400 Health Provider-Consumer Communication (3 cr.)

6 additional hours, elected from the following:

  • COMM-C 322: Advanced Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.) (P: COMM-C 180 or instructor permission)
  • COMM-C 345: Restorative Communication (3 cr.)
  • COMM-C 482: Intercultural Communication (3 cr.) (P: COMM-C 180 or instructor permission)
  • COMM-G 310: Introduction to Communication Research (3 cr.)
  • COMM-G 391: Seminar (1-3 cr.)
  • COMM-M 210: Media Message Design (3 cr.) 
  • COMM-R 321: Persuasion (3 cr.) (P: COMM-R 110)

Accelerated Second Degree: The Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies are waived for undergraduate students whose first major is outside the School of Liberal Arts and whose second major is a Bachelor of Arts degree from the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Students are only required to complete the courses in their major of choice in Liberal Arts. The IUPUI General Education Core or the Indiana transferable general education core must be successfully completed. Students must complete the degree outside Liberal Arts in order to have the Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies waived for degree completion. The Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies are only waived for students who actively pursue and complete another degree program outside of Liberal Arts.