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Minor in Communication

A skill that speaks for itself.

In every corner of the world, there is a need for great communicators. No matter your field of study or your future career — whether writing a report, leading a team or delivering a board presentation — the ability to communicate well and effectively is essential.

The minor in communication at William Woods University will enrich any degree you choose to pursue and increase your marketability as a job candidate. With coursework in mass media, communication theory and law and countless electives to choose from in introduction to speech, small group leadership, interpersonal communication, feature writing and more.

You can also add experience to your communication minor by getting involved with on-campus student organizations, from publications like Writer’s Ink to the Forensic (Speech and Debate) Team, or visual production groups such as Reel Fanatics Film Club.


The minor in communication at William Woods University includes 9 required course credits and 9 elective course credits.

Courses you may take

COM 190 - Media & Mass Communication - 3.00

An introduction to the field of mass communication, its influence, and its ubiquity. Students will study the industries and history of print, broadcast, and digital media.

COM 320 - Communication Theory - 3.00

This course will introduce students to the structure, importance, and practical use of communication theory as it relates to their personal, professional, and social lives. Students will discover how theory can help them better understand, investigate, and critically answer questions about the nature of communication in today’s interconnected world. We will examine theories from a variety of communication contexts, including but not limited to intercultural, organizational, public, mass media, and interpersonal. This course is geared towards all undergraduate students who are interested in how theory and research can help them become more skilled communicators.

COM 330 - Freedom of Expression - 3.00

This course examines the theoretical and historical foundations of how we think about freedom of expression and its relationship to democratic culture. We will discuss landmark speech controversy cases and analyze how freedom of expression has been influenced through digital technology. We will explore the degree to which censorship has both historical and contemporary relevance within our society and consider how these systems of thought are communicated to public audiences. We will cover current freedom of expression topics including but not limited to social media, corporate power, free speech on campus, and free speech in politics.


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