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Communication Studies

Minor in Communication Studies, Public Communication and Persuasion

Students who minor in public communication and persuasion 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. 

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 in the minor, 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 page: https://liberalarts.iupui.edu/admissions/declare-major.html
  • Communication Studies majors cannot complete this minor.

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:

  • an 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)

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.