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Public Communications Studies

The Newhouse minor in public communications studies focuses on theory rather than skills.

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.   

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 Undergraduate Advising 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 3.3-3.6.

Notification

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 (316 Newhouse 3). Final approval of the minor plan is needed from the student’s home college.