More than a major
Studying communication is not just for students who want to work in communications-related fields. Our courses and degree programs can give you the in-demand, marketable skills that you need to succeed in any industry.

Communication Minor


The undergraduate minor in Communication is designed for students who wish to obtain a deeper understanding of communication processes and how they influence social, cultural, and political processes. It is appropriate for students majoring in a variety of disciplines in the social sciences of humanities and for students in professionally oriented programs.


Breakdown of required coursework
CMN 101: Public Speaking or CMN 112: Oral & Written Comm II 3
CMN 102: Introduction to Communication 4
Two courses from different areas of concentration (see details below) 6
Additional 200-level or higher Communication courses  6
Total 19


At least two courses should be 200-level or higher, from the different areas of concentration listed below. At least six of the 19 required total hours must be 300- or 400-level courses.


  • Communication and Culture
  • Communication and Health
  • Communication and Organizations
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Mediated Communication and Technology
  • Rhetoric and Public Communication

Which courses should I choose?

To find the best courses for you that satisfy the requirements of the Communication minor, please contact one of our undergraduate advisors.

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Course options

For information about what courses we offer, please visit our course catalog. Once you have an idea of which courses you would like to take, you should meet with an advisor to make sure that they are right for you.

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The perfect second major

With skills that complement any degree, many students choose to double major in Communication. To find out more about majoring in Communication, visit the major requirements page.

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Communication in Healthcare

Open to all University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign undergraduate students, our certificate provides the fundamental tools for practicing high-quality health communication and a better understanding of the diversity of people they will communicate with in healthcare settings.

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