Communication Studies Minor

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Communication Studies Minor

Increase your skills in communication, particularly in the areas of organizational, interpersonal, and rhetorical communication as you study the foundations of public speaking, verbal and non-verbal communication, and intercultural communication.

18

Hours of Coursework

9

Hours Outside of your Major

2.0

GPA Requirement

About the Minor

The Communication Studies Minor is open to all students except those majoring in CMS or CLD.

  • The minor requires total of 18 hours of coursework.
  • Nine hours of coursework must be taken at upper division level.
  • Nine hours of coursework must be taken in residence at UT Austin.
  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade unless the course is only offered on the pass/fail basis. Only courses with a grade of C- or better will be counted towards the minor.
  • Students must earn a 2.0 minimum GPA in CMS courses.

Click on tab for the specific catalog year associated with your major. Only courses listed on your specific catalog will count towards your minor.

Students pursuing the Communications Studies minor under the 2024-2026 catalog are responsible for the following requirements:

Requirement 1: CMS 306M Professional Communication Skills

Requirement 2: CMS 315M Interpersonal Communication Theory

Requirements 3: 12 hours of any CMS courses

  • At least 9 hours of electives must be upper division.

In addition to specific course requirements, students must also fulfill the hour totals for overall, in residence, and upper division coursework as well as meet the grade minimums for each minor course.

Students pursuing the Communications Studies minor under the 2022-2024 catalog are responsible for the following requirements:

Requirement 1: CMS 306M Professional Communication Skills

Requirement 2: CMS 315M Interpersonal Communication Theory

Requirements 3: 12 hours of any CMS courses

  • At least 9 hours of electives must be upper division.

In addition to specific course requirements, students must also fulfill the hour totals for overall, in residence, and upper division coursework as well as meet the grade minimums for each minor course.

Students pursuing the Communications Studies minor under the 2020-2022 catalog are responsible for the following requirements:

Requirement 1: CMS 306M Professional Communication Skills

Requirement 2: CMS 315M Interpersonal Communication Theory

Requirements 3: 12 hours of any CMS courses

  • At least 6 hours of electives must be upper division.

In addition to specific course requirements, students must also fulfill the hour totals for overall, in residence, and upper division coursework as well as meet the grade minimums for each minor course.

Students pursuing the Communications Studies minor under the 2018-2020 catalog are responsible for the following requirements:

Requirement 1: CMS 306M Professional Communication Skills

Requirement 2: CMS 315M Interpersonal Communication Theory

Requirements 3: 12 hours chosen from the following:

  • CMS 301 Topics in Communication Studies (any topic)
  • CMS 320 Advanced Presentation Skills
  • CMS 322E Communication Ethics
  • CMS 323C Rhetoric: East and West
  • CMS 330 Interpersonal Health Communication
  • CMS 332 Argumentation and Advocacy
  • CMS 332K Theories of Persuasion
  • CMS 333 Case Studies in Argumentation
  • CMS 334K Nonverbal Communication
  • CMS 335 Strategic Sales and Event Planning
  • CMS 337 Building Sales Relationships
  • CMS 340K Communication and Social Change
  • CMS 341 Digital Communications
  • CMS 342K Political Communication
  • CMS 344K Lying and Deception
  • CMS 345P Communication and Public Opinion
  • CMS 347K Rhetoric of Popular Culture
  • CMS 348K Visual Media and Interaction
  • CMS 349M Advanced Analysis of Popular Culture
  • CMS 353S Social Media and Organizations
  • CMS 354 Conflict Resolution
  • CMS 355K Intercultural Communication
  • CMS 357 Family Communication
  • CMS 358 Communication and Personal Relationships
  • CMS 359 Language, Culture, and Communication of Hip-Hop
  • CMS 364M Pre-Graduate School Mentorship
  • CMS 366 Rhetoric, Love, and Democracy
  • CMS 366C Celebrity Culture
  • CMS 366F Rhetoric of Film
  • CMS 366M Rhetoric and Popular Music
  • CMS 366R Religious Communication and Paranormalism
  • CMS 371K Practicum in Conflict Mediation
  • CMS 372T Time Matters
  • CMS 372D The Politics of National Memory
  • CMS 373D Advocacy and Politics

In addition to specific course requirements, students must also fulfill the hour totals for overall, in residence, and upper division coursework as well as meet the grade minimums for each minor course.

Minor Eligibility

The Communication Studies minor is open to all undergraduate students EXCEPT Communication Studies and Communication & Leadership majors following the eligible catalogs.

Eligible Catalogs: 2018-2020, 2020-2022, 2022-2024 and 2024-2026

A student's major college may have additional criteria that they must meet in order to pursue a minor. Prior to applying, students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor in their own major to discuss how the minor fits into their degree plan.

Visit this page and use the following directions:

  1. Click on link for "Request Restricted Minor"
  2. Select "CMS Communication Studies" for Field of Study
  3. Click "Continue"
  4. Select “Communication Studies (MNCCMS01)
  5. Click "Continue"