The public communications studies minor is geared toward students interested in the general study and analysis of communications and society. As with all minors at Syracuse University, students must complete 18 credits (six classes) of which 12 credits (four classes) must be 300-level or above.
Two required courses
COM 107 Communications and Society
COM 505 Communications Law for Journalists
or COM 506 Communications Law for Television, Radio, Film
Minors have a choice between the two law courses. This course requires senior standing.
One introductory course
ADV 206Advertising Practice in a Diverse Society
PRL 206Public Relations Principles and Concepts
MAG 205An Introduction: Editorial, Ethics and the Business of Magazines
TRF 235Principles and Practices: Television-Radio, Film Industries
Three additional courses from any of the following choices:
ADV 345Economics, Persuasion, and the Global Marketplace (offered in spring only)
COM 346 Race, Gender and the Media
GRA 345 Visual Issues in the Media (offered in fall only)
NEW 345Critical Perspective on News
PRL 345The Ethics of Advocacy
TRF 340Topics in Critical and Historical Perspectives (topics vary per semester)
TRF 530Popular Culture Studies (two to four topics offered each semester; course can be taken multiple times with different topics)
COM 527International Communications (offered through SU Abroad, London)
PRL 400Selected Topics
TRF 560Topics in International Perspectives (topics vary per semester, offered through SU Abroad, London)
One of the following “open choice” courses may be taken to complete the public communications studies minor:
COM 300 or COM 400 Changing topics that vary per semester (some offered abroad in London, Madrid and Strasbourg)
TRF 592 Film Business or TRF 594TV Business
Applying to the public communications studies minor
Students must apply for admission to the public communication studies minor and meet the established criteria for admission. Applications can be picked up at and returned to the Newhouse Advising and Records Office (316 Newhouse 3). Deadline for fall admission is May 1 and the deadline for spring admission is December 15.
Requirements for acceptance
Students must have completed 30 graded credit hours at Syracuse University (SU Project Advance credits do count, AP or other transfer credit do not), and meet the required cumulative GPA for the semester in which the student has applied. The GPA cutoff will vary each semester, depending on space available. Past cumulative GPA cutoffs have ranged from 3.10-3.45.
Admitted students will be notified in early July via email for fall admission and the second week of January for spring admission, also via email.
Formally declaring the minor
After acceptance, students have a meeting and fill out a declaration form, indicating specific courses to complete the minor, with the minor coordinator, Assistant Dean Karen McGee (315 Newhouse 3). Final approval of the minor plan is needed from the student’s home college.