Minor in Communication

The minor is structured to provide a foundation for advanced course work in communication through a broad-based understanding of communication theory and research.

Declaration Process

In order to be eligible to declare the Communication minor, students must have completed, or be currently enrolled in, one of the following:

1.  COMM 1 – Introduction to Communication
2.  COMM 106 – Communication Research Methods 
3.  COMM 108 – Media Processes and Effects

Prospective minors should declare via Axess and then email the Student Services Manager  to set up an appointment to complete the minimal paperwork, to be assigned an advisor and to discuss any questions they may have.

Minor Curriculum

To be recommended for the Bachelor of Arts minor in Communication, a student must complete at least 35 units (typically 7 courses) within the Communication Department.  The minor consists of the three Communication core courses, requirements in two areas, two elective classes, and a course in statistics.  

The statistics prerequisite (typically STATS 60/PSYCH 10) does not count toward the 35 units needed to complete the Communication minor, and may be taken for a letter grade or credit. This introductory statistics course should be taken either prior to or concurrent with registration in COMM 106 Communication Research Methods, in preparation for courses in methodology and advanced courses in communication processes and effects.

1.  Four core courses

1. COMM 1: Introduction to Communication
2. COMM 106: Communication Research Methods
3. COMM 108: Media Process and Effects
4. Statistics 60 (does not count towards the 35 units in the minor)

2.  Students must take courses in the following two areas as specified below

Area I: Communication Processes and Effects
(A minimum of one course must be taken)

COMM 121: Behavior and Social Media
COMM 124: Lies, Trust, and Tech
COMM 135: Deliberative Democracy and its Critics
COMM 137W: The Dialogue of Democracy
COMM 162: Campaigns, Voting, Media and Elections
COMM 164: The Psychology of Communication About Politics in America
COMM 166: Virtual People 
COMM 172: Media Psychology
COMM 326: Advanced Topics in Human Virtual Representation

Area II: Communication Systems & Institutions
(A minimum of one course must be taken)

COMM 104W: Reporting, Writing, and Understanding the News
COMM 113: Computational Methods in the Civic Sphere
COMM 116: Journalism Law
COMM 120W: Digital Media in Society
COMM 125: Perspectives on American Journalism
COMM 131: Media Ethics and Responsibility
COMM 142W: Media Economics
COMM 143W: Communication Policy and Regulation
COMM 151: The First Amendment: Freedom of Speech and Press
COMM 152: Constitutional Law
COMM 153: Political Campaigning in the Internet Age
COMM 154: The Politics of Algorithms
COMM 157: Information Control in Authoritarian Regimes
COMM 177A: Computational Journalism
COMM 177I: Becoming a Watchdog
COMM 177Y: Foreign Correspondence

3.  Elective credit

The remainder of the 35 required units may be fulfilled with any elective communication courses, or a combination of communication courses and up to 5 units of pre-approved courses in other departments.

Approved Outside Electives for Communication Majors/Minors

Communication minors may take up to 5 units outside of the department. All outside electives must be taken for a letter grade if offered. If a course also meets a WAYS requirement, it may still be used towards the minor. However, a course may not be used for two majors or a major and a minor. It is the student’s responsibility to determine scheduling of these courses. Not all of the listed courses are offered every year.

Taking SOC 180A instead of COMM 106 will count towards the units outside of the department.

Minors have the option to petition for approval of a course that is not on the list of pre-approved courses in other departments, but are restricted to one successful petition for the duration of their undergraduate career. To petition, please email the syllabus to the  Student Services Manager.