Graphics Communications Minor

The minor in graphic communications complements study in such areas as art history, management, education, English, museum studies and theatre arts, for which an understanding of mass communication techniques are often needed. The combination of the minor with a major in many of these areas also can prepare students for careers in advertising, printing, publications and public relations.

Students pursuing the minor gain a basic foundation in the field of graphic communications through selected courses offered by the Departments of Art and Art History, English, Management, Psychology and Sociology. The specific courses each student chooses to complete the minor will depend on his or her interests and career goals. As part of the minor program, at least one field experience in an area of communications must be completed.

The minor in graphic communications is offered through the Committee on Interdisciplinary and Non-Departmental Curricula.

Requirements for a Graphics Communication Minor include completing between 24 and 28 credits in the following areas:

Studio Art: 12 credits in art, distributed as follows:
4 core courses:

One course selected from:

Writing: Two courses in English, from:

  • 200 Business Writing
  • 205 Journalism (offered yearly)
  • 210 Advanced Composition
  • 310 Creative Writing, Non-Fiction

Social and Behavioral Sciences:
An appropriate course as approved by the program coordinator from one of the following departments: management, psychology or sociology.

Field Experience:
At least three credits of field experience in some area of communications: advertising, public relations, newspaper or other communications media. Can be arranged as an internship or directed study. Consult the program coordinator when selecting a field experience.

Contact: Interested students should contact Joseph Von Stengel at