Communication Minor

A minor in communication is an excellent choice for any non-comprehensive or comprehensive major. Because you can choose which communication courses to take, you can tailor them to fit your professional needs.

By choosing to minor in communication, you can strengthen your college experience in the following ways:

  • Develop strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • Develop excellent interpersonal skills
  • Explore specializations beyond your professional field 
  • Select electives to support internships in areas of interest 
  • Obtain experience through part-time employment, co-ops, internships and/or volunteer opportunities
  • Develop team player skills and team experiences

Minor requirements

The communication minor is at least a 15-hour program. The only required course you must take is COM 209 Survey of Communication Theory. You may then add 12 hours of elective courses, of which six hours must be from courses numbered 300 or higher.

Contact the department of communication at 417-836-4423 to make an appointment with a faculty member to receive advisement for this minor.

In choosing your elective hours, the faculty in the communication department have the following recommendations:

  • If you have any health professions major, take COM 206, 507 and 508.
  • If you have a business major, take COM 332, 336, 436 and 512.
  • If you have a major in political science, international affairs or global studies, take COM 360, 436, 511, 521 and 550.
  • If you have a media, journalism or English major, take COM 309, 315, 379, 436 and 509.
  • If you have a psychology or sociology major, take COM 205, 206, 325, 326 and 506.