Department of Communication Studies


Department of Communication Studies minors require a minimum of 16 credits. You may count up to 8 credits from the General Education Requirements toward a minor.

We offer the following minors:

Health Communication (4 courses, 16 credits)

The School of Communication offers students in any major in the College the opportunity to minor in Health Communication. Health Communication is one of the faster-growing areas in the economy, and these courses introduce students to concepts important for communication-based work in the health area. Sixteen credits are required for the minor. Four of these credits may also be used to fulfill Liberal Arts requirements. This minor is intended to particularly strengthen the curriculum for students who wish to pursue a career in health as it relates to marketing, public relations, any area of allied health, and other fields. To complete the minor, students must take the following courses:

HC 200 Principles & Practices of Health Communication
HC 250
HC 210
Topics in Health Communication

Culture, Diversity, and Health Communication
HC 400 Health Communication Campaigns

And one of the following 200-level courses:

HC 212 Cholera, Condoms & Contraception: Public Health Then and Now
HC 213 The War on Drugs
PS 201 Abnormal Psychology
SC 210 Human Health & Disease
SC 211 Food & Nutrition
SC 212 Evolution of Human Nature
SC 213 The Brain & Behavior
SC 214 Plagues & Pandemics
SC 215 Personal Genetics & Identity
SC 216 DNA & Society
SC 291 Topics in Human Biology & Health

Minor in Leadership and Management Requirements (4 courses, 16 credits)

CC 330 Management and Communication

Plus the following:

CC 200 Communication and the Political World
CC 203 Intercultural Communication
CC 266 Conflict and Negotiation
CC 357 Leadership

Minor in Nonprofit Communication Management (4 courses, 16 credits)

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors only

This minor is designed for students who want to work in the nonprofit sector. This program provides a foundation in nonprofit communication and fundraising combined with service-learning partnerships that join students with local and global nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit incubator, Next Mile Project, and organizations such as Catie’s Closet, Crossroads for Kids, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, Young Audiences of Massachusetts, HandReach and Lena Park are among the organizations students have worked with in the past. There are over 36,000 registered nonprofits in Massachusetts, according to the Urban Institute.

“The economic strength of the nonprofit sector has increased in recent years and the sector is now the third largest employer in the U.S. Nearly 2 million nonprofit organizations employ 10.7 million people and produce revenue in excess of $1.9 trillion. As a result, many job seekers ought to look to the nonprofit sector for new employment opportunities.”

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will gain an understanding of how a nonprofit functions internally as an organization designed to meet the needs of a particular constituency and what differentiates it from a for-profit entity.
  • Students will develop an expertise in assessing and developing sound practices in nonprofit communication to help sustain nonprofit organizations' missions.
  • Students will develop leadership skills in nonprofit communication with acquired knowledge of how to use social media, print media and storytelling.
  • Students will be prepared to launch fundraising campaigns that help sustain nonprofits' ability to serve their mission.
  • Students will engage in service learning, experiential work with nonprofits that will add value to both local and global nonprofits and to their own portfolio. 
  • Students will be prepared to enter the nonprofit sector with an understanding of how the sector functions in the world-at-large.

Required: Both courses

CC 315 Introduction to Nonprofit Communication Management — 4 credits (Fall only)

Nonprofits rely on a solid strategic plan for success in following their missions; board structure, branding, funding, effective communication and a commitment to serve their constituencies must be deployed strategically. This course will provide a foundation in nonprofit communication management and social media communication strategies. Service-learning partnerships during which students assess the external communication of local nonprofits is an important part of this course.

CC 316 Nonprofit Fundraising Campaigns — 4 credits (Spring only)

Nonprofits depend on donations for a steady stream of income to help serve their missions. This course will provide students with an overall understanding of various options nonprofits have to raise funds. An emphasis will be placed on developing fundraising strategies, the utilization of sound practices for maximum success to help build sustainability and service-learning partnering with local nonprofits.

Plus two of the following electives (8 credits):

CC 203 Intercultural Communication
CC 263 Argument and Advocacy
CC 266 Conflict and Negotiation
HC 210 Culture, Diversity & Health Communication
HC 250 Topics in Health Communication (with permission. Example: Public Health)
PH 303 Citizenship as Civic Engagement
CC 330 Communication Management
CC 345 Public Affairs
CC 356 Crisis Communication
CC 357 Leadership
CC 361 Public Diplomacy
CC XXX Topics in Nonprofit Communication Management
CC 415 Mediation, Facilitation and Dialogue
TH 579  10k and Under: Writing the Small Arts Grant ​

Minor in Political Communication Requirements (4 courses, 16 credits)

(Please consult the Undergraduate Catalogue for relevant course prerequisites)

CC 200 Communication and the Political World

Plus any three of the following:

CC 263 Argument and Advocacy
CC 266 Conflict and Negotiation
CC 357 Leadership
CC 344 Rhetoric of Social Movements
CC 422 Politics and Comedy: Subversive Laughter
CC 471 Topic: Consumption, Communication, and Social Change
PH 300 Community, Communication, and Public Policy

Minor in Radio Requirements (5 courses, 20 credits)

This multidisciplinary minor is designed for students interested in production, business, and performance aspects of radio and audio news and entertainment.

CC 150 Radio Programming and Operations
MK 230 Marketing, Sales, and Promotion for Radio
JR 241 Radio Journalism
CC 350 Media Broadcast Vocal Performance
MB 320 The Business of Broadcasting