This is the first version of the 2021-22 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

The undergraduate minor in communication studies requires a minimum of 15 s.h. in communication studies courses, including 12 s.h. in courses taken at the University of Iowa. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Coursework in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass. 

Foundations of Communication

Two of these:
COMM:1112Interpersonal Communication3
or COMM:1170 Communication Theory in Everyday Life
COMM:1117Theory and Practice of Argument3-4
or COMM:1130 The Art of Persuading Others
COMM:1168Music and Social Change3
or COMM:1174 Media and Society
One of these:
COMM:1305Understanding Communication: Social Scientific Approaches3
COMM:1306Understanding Communication: Humanistic Approaches3

Intermediate Courses

One of these:
COMM:1809Social Marketing Campaigns3
COMM:1816Business and Professional Communication3
COMM:1818Communication Skills for Leadership3
COMM:1819Organizational Leadership3
COMM:1830Communication Skills for Community Engagement3
COMM:1840Introduction to Media Production3
COMM:1845Short-Form Media Production3
COMM:1898Introduction to Latina/o/x Communication and Culture3
COMM:2010Communication and Organizational Culture3
COMM:2011Group Communication3
COMM:2020Health Communication3
COMM:2030Sexual Communication in Personal Relationships3
COMM:2040Communication and Conflict3
COMM:2041Gender, Communication, and Culture3
COMM:2042Intercultural Communication3
COMM:2044Political Communication3
COMM:2045Gender, Sexuality, and Space3
COMM:2048Transforming Media: From Telegraph to Internet3
COMM:2051Politics of Popular Culture3
COMM:2053Secrets, Confidences, and Lies: Privacy Management in Interpersonal Relationships3
COMM:2054Movements, Protest, Resistance3
COMM:2057Introduction to Computer-Mediated Communication3
COMM:2060Public Relations, Publicity Stunts, and Pranks3
COMM:2064Media, Advertising, and Society3
COMM:2065Television Criticism3
COMM:2069Black Television Culture3
COMM:2070Social Media and Society3
COMM:2072African American Popular Culture3
COMM:2075Gender, Sexuality, and Media3
COMM:2076Race, Ethnicity, and Media3
COMM:2077Writing and Producing Television3
COMM:2078Audio Production/Podcast3
COMM:2079Digital Media and Religion3
COMM:2080Public Life in the U.S.: Religion and Media3
COMM:2085Media Industries and Organizations3
COMM:2086Global Media Studies3
COMM:2087Copyright Controversies3
COMM:2088Media and Democracy3
COMM:2089Nonverbal Communication3
COMM:2090Topics in Communication Studies3
COMM:2091Organizational Communication3
COMM:2248The Invention of Writing: From Cuneiform to Computers3

Additional Course

One of these:
COMM:1112Interpersonal Communication3
COMM:1117Theory and Practice of Argument4
COMM:1130The Art of Persuading Others3
COMM:1168Music and Social Change3
COMM:1170Communication Theory in Everyday Life3
COMM:1174Media and Society3
COMM:1305Understanding Communication: Social Scientific Approaches3
COMM:1306Understanding Communication: Humanistic Approaches3
COMM:1809Social Marketing Campaigns3
COMM:1816Business and Professional Communication3
COMM:1818Communication Skills for Leadership3
COMM:1819Organizational Leadership3
COMM:1830Communication Skills for Community Engagement3
COMM:1840Introduction to Media Production3
COMM:1845Short-Form Media Production3
COMM:1898Introduction to Latina/o/x Communication and Culture3
COMM:2010Communication and Organizational Culture3
COMM:2011Group Communication3
COMM:2020Health Communication3
COMM:2030Sexual Communication in Personal Relationships3
COMM:2040Communication and Conflict3
COMM:2041Gender, Communication, and Culture3
COMM:2042Intercultural Communication3
COMM:2044Political Communication3
COMM:2045Gender, Sexuality, and Space3
COMM:2048Transforming Media: From Telegraph to Internet3
COMM:2051Politics of Popular Culture3
COMM:2053Secrets, Confidences, and Lies: Privacy Management in Interpersonal Relationships3
COMM:2054Movements, Protest, Resistance3
COMM:2057Introduction to Computer-Mediated Communication3
COMM:2060Public Relations, Publicity Stunts, and Pranks3
COMM:2064Media, Advertising, and Society3
COMM:2065Television Criticism3
COMM:2069Black Television Culture3
COMM:2070Social Media and Society3
COMM:2075Gender, Sexuality, and Media3
COMM:2076Race, Ethnicity, and Media3
COMM:2077Writing and Producing Television3
COMM:2079Digital Media and Religion3
COMM:2080Public Life in the U.S.: Religion and Media3
COMM:2085Media Industries and Organizations3
COMM:2086Global Media Studies3
COMM:2087Copyright Controversies3
COMM:2088Media and Democracy3
COMM:2089Nonverbal Communication3
COMM:2090Topics in Communication Studies3
COMM:2091Organizational Communication3
COMM:2248The Invention of Writing: From Cuneiform to Computers3
COMM:2800Introduction to Latin American Studies3
COMM:2813Practicum in Debate1
COMM:2821Oral Interpretation3
COMM:2828Experiential Learning in Communication Studies1-3
COMM:2897Independent Studyarr.

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Communication Studies, Minor

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
The undergraduate minor in communication studies requires a minimum of 15 s.h. in communication studies courses, including 12 s.h. in courses taken at the University of Iowa.  
Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor.  
Coursework for the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass.  
 Hours0
First Year
Any Semester
Minor: foundations of communication course a 3 - 4
Minor: foundations of communication course a 3 - 4
 Hours6-8
Second Year
Any Semester
COMM:1306
Understanding Communication: Humanistic Approaches b
or Understanding Communication: Social Scientific Approaches
3
 Hours3
Third Year
Any Semester
Minor: intermediate course c 3
 Hours3
Fourth Year
Any Semester
Minor: communication studies course d 3
 Hours3
 Total Hours15-17