2022-2023 Course Catalog

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Strategic Communications (SCOM) Minor

This minor exposes students to core Pathways learning outcomes and knowledge about how strategic communication works in multiple non-communication industries such as business, sciences, and engineering. Some courses listed on this checksheet have prerequisites. Please consult the University Course Catalog, or check with your adviser.

I. Foundational Pathways Courses
COMM 1016Communication Skills (Pathways Concept 1 - Discourse ; Integrated Outcome: Ethical Reasoning) 1 3
or COMM 2004 Public Speaking
PR 2044Principles of Public Relations (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences ; Integrated Outcome: Ethical Reasoning) 1 3
AHRM 1014Design and Art for Consumers (Pathways Concept 6 - Critique and Practice in Design and the Arts ; Integrated Outcome: Intercultural and Global Awareness ) 1 3
ACIS 1004Accounting Foundations (Pathways Concept 5 - Quantitative and Computational Thinking ; Integrated Outcome: Ethical Reasoning) 1, 2 3
Subtotal12
II. Upper-Level Elective Courses
Select one of the following:3
Persuasion
Public Advocacy
Professional Communication
Communication Law
Cyberlaw and Policy (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences ; Integrated Outcome: Ethical Reasoning) 1
Event Management (Pathways Concept 6 - Critique and Practice in Design and the Arts (design); Integrated Outcome: Ethical Reasoning) 1
Multicultural Diversity in Organizations (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences and Pathways Concept 7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States ; Integrated Outcome: Intercultural and Global Awareness) 1
Leadership and Management/Ethics (Core Concept 3 Reasoning in the Social Sciences; Integrated Outcome: Intercultural and Global Awareness) 1
Public Relations Cases
Corporate Communication
Public Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility
Public Relations Administration
Issue Management in Public Relations
Subtotal3
III. Communication Capstone
PR 4404Strategic Communication Capstone 33
Subtotal3
Total Credits18
1

Pathways General Education Course. If you are completing this minor to satisfy Pathways to General Education requirements, please reference the core and/or integrated outcome(s) satisfied by each course when you select courses.

2

ACIS 2115 Principles of Accounting may be substituted for ACIS 1004 Accounting Foundations. ACIS 2115 Principles of Accounting is not approved to satisfy Pathways to General Education requirements. 

3

Required of all minors.

Courses that May Be Substituted for Section II Upon Approval

AHRM 2404Consumer Rights (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences ; Integrated Outcome: Intercultural and Global Awareness) 13
AHRM 2014Design for Consumers Studio (Pathways Concept 6 - Critique and Practice in Design and the Arts (design); Integrated Outcome: Intercultural and Global Awareness) 13
COMM 2094Communication and Issues of Diversity (Pathways Concept 7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States ; Integrated Outcome: Intercultural and Global Awareness) 13
HIST/SOC/STS 2604Introduction to Data in Social Context (Pathways Concept 2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities or Pathways Concept 5 - Quantitative and Computational Thinking (foundational); Integrated Outcome: Intercultural and Global Awareness and Ethical Reasoning) 13
HIST/STS 2715History of Technology (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences ; Integrate Outcome: Intercultural and Global Awareness) 13
HIST/STS 2716History of Technology (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences ; Integrated Outcome: Intercultural and Global Awareness) 13
1

Pathways General Education Course. If you are completing this minor to satisfy Pathways to General Education requirements, please reference the core and/or integrated outcome(s) satisfied by each course when you select courses.

GPA Requirement: A GPA of 2.0 or higher is required in the minor. The GPA is based on all courses a student has completed in the strategic communication minor.

Minor Requirement: All minors must take at least 6 hours of 3000 or 4000 coursework