College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2021-2022

Communication Studies

Communication Studies, Minor

This minor is designed to help students become effective participants in a communication-rich world where oral, written, and nonverbal communication are paramount. Students will explore public, group, and interpersonal communication, professional communication, and how to express and defend their opinions as informed citizens in a representative democracy.


What Can I Do with a Minor in Communication Studies?

Learning how to be an effective communicator is useful in whatever career you pursue. With a minor in Communication Studies from Northern Arizona University, you'll learn how verbal communication enhances relationships and builds cultural understanding.

This minor can be an excellent addition to any major. Faculty members emphasize critical thinking and research, preparing you to be a reflective citizen able to contribute thoughtfully and constructively to the world around you.

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

No more than 50% of the units used to satisfy minor requirements may be used to satisfy major requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 21

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Relational literacy and communication:  Students will develop an understanding of how human relationships are constructed, negotiated and maintained through communication.
  2. Professional identity: Students will develop an understanding of the ways communication defines and strengthens their ability to navigate organizational and occupational relationships.
  3. Culture and communication:  Students will develop an understanding of the function of communication in the construction of diverse social, cultural and political identities.
  4. Inquiry and scholarship: Students will develop an understanding of and ability to apply research methods (quantitative, qualitative and critical) in multiple contexts of communication.
  5. Disciplinary identity: Students will develop an understanding of the evolution, status, and function of the communication field.
  6. Communication competencies:   Students will demonstrate competence in oral and written communication.
  7. Theoretical and critical thinking: Students will develop the ability to critically analyze messages, identify and evaluate underlying assumptions, forms of reasoning, use of evidence and conceptual frameworks.


Minor Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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