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Communication Studies Minor

Communication Studies
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of Communication Studies, 225 Ford Hall, 224 Church Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-5800; fax: 612-624-6544)
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 6
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
The graduate minor in Communication Studies is open to all University graduate students currently pursuing an advanced degree in another area of study. Students pursuing complementary subjects such as American Studies, Political Science, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Mass Communication, and Feminist Studies are strongly encouraged to consider pursuing a minor in Communication Studies.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Special Application Requirements:
Students interested in the Communication Studies minor are strongly encouraged to confer with their major field advisor and director of graduate studies, and the Communication Studies director of graduate studies regarding feasibility and requirements.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
All courses applied to the minor must be taken on the A/F grade basis, with a minimum grade of C+ earned for each. The minimum cumulative GPA for minor field coursework is 3.5.
Required Coursework (6 to 12 credits)
Master's students select at least 6 credits, and doctoral students at least 12 credits from the following in consultation with the Communication Studies director of graduate studies:
COMM 5110 - Special Topics in Communication Theory (3.0 cr)
COMM 5211 - Critical Media Studies: Theory and Methods (3.0 cr)
COMM 5221 - Media, Race, and Identity (3.0 cr)
COMM 5231 - Media Outlaws (3.0 cr)
COMM 5250 - Environmental Communication (3.0 cr)
COMM 5261 - Political Economy of Media Culture (3.0 cr)
COMM 5401 - Advanced Theories of Communication (3.0 cr)
COMM 5402 - Advanced Interpersonal Communication (3.0 cr)
COMM 5411 - Small Group Communication Research (3.0 cr)
COMM 5431 - The Process of Persuasion (3.0 cr)
COMM 5441 - Communication in Human Organizations (3.0 cr)
COMM 5451W - Intercultural Communication Processes [WI] (3.0 cr)
COMM 5611 - Survey of Rhetorical Theory (3.0 cr)
COMM 5615W - Introduction to Rhetorical Criticism [WI] (3.0 cr)
COMM 5617 - History and Criticism of U.S. Public Discourse: 1630-1865 (3.0 cr)
COMM 5970 - Directed Study (1.0-3.0 cr)
COMM 8210 - Seminar: Selected Topics in U.S. Electronic Media (3.0 cr)
COMM 8402 - Seminar: Interpersonal Communication (3.0 cr)
COMM 8403 - Seminar: Emotion and Communication (3.0 cr)
COMM 8451 - Seminar: Intercultural and Diversity Research (3.0 cr)
COMM 8452 - Seminar: Methods of Intercultural/Diversity Facilitation (3.0 cr)
COMM 8502 - Seminar: Communication Theory Construction (3.0 cr)
COMM 8504 - Seminar: Rhetorical Criticism (3.0 cr)
COMM 8606 - Seminar: Rhetorical Analysis of Campaigns and Movements (3.0 cr)
COMM 8611 - Seminar: Rhetoric (3.0 cr)
COMM 8625 - Seminar: Communication Ethics (3.0 cr)
COMM 8910 - Advanced Topics in Communication Studies (3.0 cr)
COMM 8994 - Directed Research (1.0-3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Masters
Doctoral
 
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COMM 5110 - Special Topics in Communication Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Summer
Advanced theoretical problems. See department office for current offering.
COMM 5211 - Critical Media Studies: Theory and Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of theories, research methods, and scholars dominating critical media studies since late 1920s. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
COMM 5221 - Media, Race, and Identity
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Critical media studies perspective on cultural politics of race and ethnicity. Social construction of race, politics of racism, media representations of race. prereq: 3211 or instr consent
COMM 5231 - Media Outlaws
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
People working outside of mainstream media institutions who find creative/provocative ways to use media as space for cultural, political, or economic critique/resistance.
COMM 5250 - Environmental Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02361 - Comm 4250/Comm 5250
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Historical, cultural, material contexts within which environmental communication takes place. Understand environmental communication as well as develop communication strategies that lead to more sustainable social practices, institutions, systems.
COMM 5261 - Political Economy of Media Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Organizational practices of media communicators. Media content as link between communicators and audiences. How viewers use/process media content. prereq: 3211 or instr consent
COMM 5401 - Advanced Theories of Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Survey of major theoretical approaches to communication including, positivism, constructivism, and systems. prereq: 3401 or grad
COMM 5402 - Advanced Interpersonal Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Social scientific approaches to interpersonal communication. Theory, research findings. prereq: 3401 or 3402
COMM 5411 - Small Group Communication Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of small group communication research; theory and practice. Group decision-making and leadership. prereq: 3411 or instr consent
COMM 5431 - The Process of Persuasion
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Communication campaigns (e.g., advertising, political) illustrating persuasive processes and theories. Research paper required. prereq: 3431
COMM 5441 - Communication in Human Organizations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Communication in organizational settings. Organizational structure and dynamics and their effect upon the communication process. Individual projects.
COMM 5451W - Intercultural Communication Processes (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Theory and research on cultural differences in values, norms, behaviors, and perceptions that affect communication across cultures internationally and domestically.
COMM 5611 - Survey of Rhetorical Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02306
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Rhetorical theory, from ancient to contemporary period. Application to public discourse.
COMM 5615W - Introduction to Rhetorical Criticism (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Analysis of public discourse using various theoretical perspectives. prereq: 1101; 3601 recommended
COMM 5617 - History and Criticism of U.S. Public Discourse: 1630-1865
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
How discourse has been used to establish or maintain power. Speeches and public debates used to examine American public address from 17th century (e.g., Puritan sermons) to the Civil War. prereq: Jr
COMM 5970 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 18.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Guided individual reading or study. Instructor and department consent is required.
COMM 8210 - Seminar: Selected Topics in U.S. Electronic Media
Credits: 3.0 [max 18.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Literature survey; evaluating research on topics; conducting independent research project on a particular topic. prereq: 5210 or instr consent; offered when feasible
COMM 8402 - Seminar: Interpersonal Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Evaluate and develop new perspectives for analyzing, diagnosing, and managing interpersonal communication problems. prereq: 5402 or instr consent
COMM 8403 - Seminar: Emotion and Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Major theories of emotion and the role of emotion in communication.
COMM 8451 - Seminar: Intercultural and Diversity Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Development of ideas/methods for research project, M.A. Plan B project, or Ph.D. dissertation. prereq: instr consent
COMM 8452 - Seminar: Methods of Intercultural/Diversity Facilitation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Theories of and techniques for managing effective intercultural communication and diversity. Intercultural training. prereq: 4451 or 5452 recommended
COMM 8502 - Seminar: Communication Theory Construction
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Logic of communication theory development and modification from a social scientific perspective. Types of communication theories. prereq: 5421 or instr consent
COMM 8504 - Seminar: Rhetorical Criticism
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Rhetorical criticism theories and methods. Rhetoric as applied to literary studies and the growth of hermeneutics as vantage points for reassessing rhetorical methods. prereq: 5615 or instr consent
COMM 8606 - Seminar: Rhetorical Analysis of Campaigns and Movements
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Literature and methodology in historical and contemporary rhetorical campaigns and movements.
COMM 8611 - Seminar: Rhetoric
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
History/criticism of rhetorical theory. Research in rhetoric. prereq: 5611 or instr consent
COMM 8625 - Seminar: Communication Ethics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Independent research on communication ethics in interpersonal, group, organizational, intercultural, and media settings. Theories of ethics and methods of analysis. prereq: Ethics course or instr consent
COMM 8910 - Advanced Topics in Communication Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 18.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Literature survey; evaluating research on topics; conducting independent research project on a particular topic.
COMM 8994 - Directed Research
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised research project.