Communication Minor

Main Campus - Melbourne
2017-2018 Catalog
Minor Code: 6183 Degree Awarded: None
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Undergraduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne
Curriculum (19 credit hours)
  • COM 1010 Media Practicum
    or COM 2012 Research Sources and Systems
    Credit Hours: 1
    Provides students with an opportunity to earn credit for media production under the direction of a member of the communication faculty. May include working for the Crimson or other media organizations.
    Communication program chair approval
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    or COM 2224 Business and Professional Writing
    Credit Hours: 3
    Practice in the technical and scientific writing style and format, including gathering and using data to prepare reports. Includes abstracts, reports, letters, technical descriptions, proposals and at least two oral presentations.
  • COM 2425 Introduction to Communication
    Credit Hours: 3
    Familiarizes students with the process of communication in interpersonal small group, organizational, mass and intercultural contexts. Introduces students to the study of communication and provides the background for understanding complex communication processes.
  • COM 3425 Mass Communication
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies media influence from political, social and cultural perspectives. Examines theory and media effects in its survey of film, print, broadcast and new technologies. Discusses the role of media in society and culture, issues related to the First Amendment and the implications of media mergers.
Three courses from the following:
  • COM 2501 Introduction to Visual Communication
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces communication majors to the principles and techniques of visual communication. Emphasizes manipulating form to fit function as the student designs, implements and evaluates goal-oriented communication projects.
  • COM 2225 Writing for the Media
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on writing for a wide variety of media. Assists development and improvement of professional media writing skills. Covers the importance of the various writing approaches required for specific audiences and media organizations.
  • COM 2504 Digital Graphic Design
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on the importance of visual aspects of communication. Teaches the fundamentals of graphic design, design theory and principles, and how to apply them by using graphic applications. (Requirement: Prerequisite course or instructor approval.)
  • COM 3070 Professional Communication for Executives
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers interpersonal and group communication in the professions for future executives. Students prepare and deliver a variety of career-related presentations.
  • COM 3210 Editing
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes grammatical terminology and concepts essential to editing, as well as copy editing techniques for hard copy and online materials. Also includes the study of varied editorial roles and responsibilities in general and technical editing, as well as major style-guide requirements.
  • COM 3225 Reporting, Interviewing and Data Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Presents the methods and practice of newsgathering or journalistic research. Covers information gathering (from interview, records,  data) and finding the story in that information. Requires interviews, data analysis, searching public records, story-telling and intensive writing.
  • COM 3231 Writing About Science
    Credit Hours: 3
    Designed for both communication and science majors. Covers the methods of scientific writing, including ways in which complex scientific topics can be conveyed to popular audiences. Also includes more traditional types of scientific writing such as scientific journal articles and proposals.
  • COM 3440 Public Relations
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies communication principles and the practices of developing goodwill between a person, firm or institution and the public; and the means of gaining publicity and influencing people. Students analyze specific case studies and propose appropriate strategies and campaigns.
  • COM 4026 Publishing and the Internet
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers current issues and applications of online and Internet publishing are covered including researching, designing and authoring effective online documents and presentations. Includes building an electronic portfolio.
  • COM 4130 Global Communication
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the elements of cross-cultural communication by analyzing the interface between the organization and its cultural environment. Focuses on developing skills to improve communication across both language and cultural barriers in a diverse domestic workplace and an international business environment.
  • COM 4424 Advanced Business and Professional Communication
    Credit Hours: 3
    Topics vary and may include design and composition of corporate annual reports, instructional design for training seminars, scriptwriting for video production, advanced managerial report writing, proposal and grant writing, trade show promotion, and preparation and corporate image design.


Note: At least nine (9) credit hours of the communication minor must be taken in the Florida Tech School of Arts and Communication.