Minors at Newhouse

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The Newhouse School offers two minors to non-Newhouse students, public communications studies and communications photography. Students pursue Newhouse minors after completing a number of other courses.

This overview will give you more details about requirements and how a student declares a minor. 

Public communications studies

This minor is geared toward students interested in the general study and analysis of communications in society. Theory courses are the focus, rather than skills courses. 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.

You can view details about the Public Communications Studies minor in the Syracuse University Course Catalog. 

Applying to the public communications studies minor

You must apply for admission to the public communications studies minor and meet the established criteria for admission. Applications can be picked up at and returned to the Newhouse Undergraduate Records Office (316 Newhouse 3). Deadline for admission is May 1 (for fall) and December 15 (for spring).

Admissions requirements

You must have completed 30 graded credits at Syracuse University (SU Project Advance credits count toward the total, AP or other transfer credit do not) and meet the required cumulative GPA for the semester in which you apply. GPA requirements will vary each semester, depending on space available. Past cumulative GPA cutoffs have ranged from 3.10-to-3.50.

Notification

You will be notified by email in early July for fall admission and the second week of January for spring admission.

Formally declaring the public communications studies minor

After acceptance to the minor program, you must meet with assistant dean Karen McGee, the minor coordinator, and fill out a declaration form, indicating specific courses to complete the minor. Your home college must grant final approval of your minor plan.

Communications photography

This minor is geared toward students interested in gaining hands-on skills in digital photography. You must demonstrate some skill in photography and pass a portfolio review before being admitted to this minor. As with all minors at Syracuse University, you must complete 18 credits (six classes) of which 12 credits (four classes) must be 300-level or above.

We suggest you apply for admission to the communications photography minor by mid-year sophomore year and that you discuss the minor with the Newhouse minor coordinator, assistant dean Karen McGee, prior to applying. 

You can view details about the communications photography minor in the Syracuse University Course Catalog.

Admissions requirements 

You must pass a portfolio review held in early December; work from GRA 217/218 and PHO 301/556 is submitted for departmental review. You will be notified about whether or not you passed the review in December. In addition, you must have a 3.00 cumulative GPA.

You should apply for admission in the fall semester. Applications can be picked up and turned in to Newhouse Undergraduate Records (316 Newhouse 3). Application deadline is Dec. 1.

Notification

If admitted to the minor, you will be notified by email the second week of January.

Formally declaring the communications photography minor

After acceptance to the minor program, you must meet with assistant dean Karen McGee, the minor coordinator, and fill out a declaration form. Your home college must grant final approval of your minor plan.

For more information, please contact assistant dean Karen McGee at kmcgee@syr.edu.

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