Minors in Communications Studies

Our minors are a good way to augment any academic major offered at IU South Bend:

The minor in Interpersonal Communication examines core concepts and processes of face-to-face interactions within social and intimate relationships. Students address themes such as listening, conflict, emotion, perception, and relationship changes that occur in the context of person-to-person communication. This minor prepares students for professional and personal success by enhancing their communicative competency skills in message creation, production, exchange, and interpretation.

The minor in Journalism prepares students for careers in the ever-evolving news media landscape. The degree provides practice in the foundations of traditional and emerging journalism. In this minor, students develop skills in reporting, investigating, fact-checking, writing, and creating multimedia news content.

The minor in Media, Culture and Society is a theory-centered field with an emphasis on historical and cultural analyses of media. Students will critically examine the relationships between media, society and power.  In this minor, students analyze media representations, audience interpretations, and the impact of media on society.

The minor in Organizational Communication focuses on investigating and creating messages, actions, and behaviors in organizational contexts. It is a major growing area in communication studies that draws from interdisciplinary fields and explores questions of ethical leadership within organizations.  In this minor, students examine communication behavior in interpersonal, small group, public, and interorganizational settings.

The minor in Photojournalism is a total of 15 credit hours split between courses in Fine Arts and Journalism.

All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise stated.

The minor in Public Relations introduces students to the rigorous and rewarding work of the public relations practitioner. Public relations is a multifaceted, ever-evolving field woven into society in many dimensions from organizations and nonprofits to politics and entertainment.  In this minor, students practice public relations theory, research, strategic planning, writing, and ethics.

The minor in Communication Studies for Non-Majors is aimed at providing an outlet to those who are not familiar with the subject of Communication Studies, yet willing to develop better communication skills and expert knowledge, reflecting their personal and professional needs to improve their proficiency in communication. Recognizing that better communication skills can affect and enhance the quality of one’s life in various avenues, it is crucial that the Communication Studies department offers a minor program to influence our students’ ability to communicate beyond SPCH-S 121 Public Speaking.

The new minor program will also provide a perspective outside of one’s familiar academic environment, and stimulate intellectual and professional knowledge to strengthen students when working in their chosen professional career or when seeking an advanced degree at any professional or graduate programs.

Students must complete all requirements in the minor with a grade of C or higher.

All course are 3 credits, unless otherwise stated.