Communication (Minor)

Communication (Minor)
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What is communication?

Communication is the study of efforts to create, share and control meaning. Communication occurs in face-to-face contexts, via speech and the body, and through technologies as old as writing and as new as social media. In the communication minor, you’ll explore the role of communication in relationships between people, cultures, industries and technologies. Our goal is to help you become a critically-engaged citizen and skilled communicator prepared for work in a wide variety of fields, from business and marketing to community organizing and government.

Why study communication at UNH?

You’ll study real-world political issues, news events, cultural phenomena and communication between friends, family members, colleagues, community members and strangers. To enhance your coursework, you may also learn digital media production in the state-of-the-art Communication Media Lab; participate in the student and faculty group UNH CAMRA; and facilitate meaningful conversations and collaborate with our local communities on topics important to civil society through the Civil Discourse Lab.

Potential career areas

  • Academic counseling
  • Community organizing
  • Human resources administration
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofit communications
  • Public relations
  • Social media analysis

Curriculum & Requirements

Students who enroll in a communication minor have the flexibility of structuring their pathway of five courses to explore the ways in which various forms of communication constitute, maintain and transform social life. The program trains students to understand, adapt to and participate in social change. We offer courses in media studies, rhetoric and face-to-face interaction. We'll encourage you to "learn how to learn,” to become clear and precise writers, and to develop your abilities to think — to describe, analyze, critique, explore, integrate, synthesize and create ideas. The department's faculty members believe that these are the skills and abilities of a strong liberal arts education that will be the most useful resources in students' professional, civic and personal lives after leaving UNH.

The contact for the communication minor is the department's academic adviser, Andrew Sharp.

Students who pursue a communication minor must complete any five courses (20 credits) within the minor with a C or better at the 400 level and with a C- or better at the 500, 600, and 700 levels, and maintain a minimum grade-point average of 2.0.  

Required Courses

Select 5 communication courses20
Total Credits20

Any combination of five communication courses is acceptable. Please see exceptions below.

  • Communication minor students are not able to count both CMN 500 Public Speaking and CMN #600 Public Speaking as a Civic Art toward the minor.
  • CMN #575 Research Practicum and CMN 599 Internship do not count toward the minor
  • No more than two transfer courses from other institutions can be applied to the minor and all transfers are contingent upon departmental approval.
  • No more than 4 credits of independent study can count toward the minor.
  • No pass/fail or credit/fail courses can count toward the minor.


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