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Minors at Newhouse

The Newhouse School offers two minors to non-Newhouse students, public communications studies and communications photography.

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

Public Communications Studies Minor

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

Admission Criteria

  • Your cumulative Syracuse University GPA required for admission varies each semester, depending upon the number of spaces available and the number and strength of the applicant pool. Past cumulative GPA cutoffs have ranged from 3.10-to-3.50.
  • Completing a minimum of 15 graded credit hours at SU and a minimum of 30 credits earned at SU. NOTE: This requirement applies to fall ’20 admission only in response to the University’s pass/fail policy for the spring ’20 semester.
  • Space availability

Application: Fill out the Minor in Public Communications form. No other materials are required.

Submission: Email your completed minor application to nhadvise@syr.edu. Send a PDF or take a clear photo. We will accept your electronic signature.

Deadlines: May 1 for fall semester and Dec. 15 for spring semester.

General Inquiries: Email nhadvise@syr.edu with any questions.

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 Minor

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.

Applying to the Communications Photography minor

Admission Criteria

  • 3.00 cumulative GPA
  • You must pass a portfolio review; work from VIS 201 and VIS 207 is submitted for departmental review.
  • Completing a minimum of 15 graded credit hours at SU and a minimum of 30 credits earned at SU. NOTE: This requirement applies to fall ’20 admission only in response to the University’s pass/fail policy for the spring ’20 semester.
  • Space availability

Application: Fill out the Minor in Photography form. No other materials are required.

Submission: Email your completed minor application to nhadvise@syr.edu. Send a PDF or take a clear photo. We will accept your electronic signature.

Deadlines: May 1 for fall semester and Dec. 15 for spring semester.

General Inquiries: Email nhadvise@syr.edu with any questions.

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 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.