The minor in communication and rhetorical studies serves as an excellent complement to almost any major. You have the opportunity to enhance your communication skills as well as develop a sophisticated understanding of communication processes in a variety of social and professional contexts.

Complement any major with the CRS minor Complement any major with the CRS minor

Admission Requirements and Applying

  • 3.0 GPA (based on completion of 30 credits)
  • Must enter the program no later than first semester of junior year
  • Limited to 30 students
  • Applications are accepted at any time, but will adhere to an October 15 deadline for processing and approval in the fall semester (March 1 for spring semester)
  • To enroll, students must complete a petition form available from the department and submit for the department chair for approval.

To apply, please fill out our minor application form.

Curricular Requirements

Eighteen credits, including two required courses (6 credits) and four elective courses (12 credits) referenced below:

One 100-level course:

CRS 181 Concepts and Perspectives in Communication Studies or
CRS 183 Concepts and Perspectives in Rhetorical Studies

One from the following:

CRS 225 Public Advocacy
CRS 331 Interpersonal Communication
CRS 333 Small Group Communication
CRS 334 Argumentation

Four elective courses (12 credits). All 300-level or above (excluding experiential credit, independent study credit, or internship credit) can count as electives in the minor.

Full communication & rhetorical studies minor requirements.


Professor and Chair
Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies