2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Sep 19, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Communication Studies Minor


Program Coordinator/Contact

Joshua Westwick, Director
School of Communication and Journalism
Yeager Hall 211, Box 2235
605-688-4171

Program Information

A minor in Communication Studies allows students to understand the central role that communication plays in people’s lives, across a variety of contexts.

Student Learning Outcomes

With a minor in Communication Studies, students will be able to:

  • appropriately analyze and adapt oral and written messages that are effective, clear, and persuasive, given the audience and occasion.
  • demonstrate the communication skills necessary to engage in personal, professional, civic and social relationships.
  • critically evaluate verbal and nonverbal messages in differing social and cultural contexts in order to assess their effectiveness and ethical implications.
  • demonstrate comprehension of concepts relative to the theory and criticism of human communication.
  • demonstrate the ability to effectively gather information, research and analyze issues from a variety of perspectives.

Course Delivery Format

A wide range of course formats are available in this major including, lectures, laboratory, small group, seminar, interactive and collaborative partnerships.

Select from the following


Select nine credits from the following. Credits: 9

  • CMST 200-level (Students may choose one 200-level CMST course or up to 3 credits of CMST 281 - Speech and Debate Activities (COM) ) Credits: 3
  • CMST 300-400 level courses (Electives as approved by the Department Head) Credits: 6-9

Total Required Credits: 18