No more than 6 hours of transfer credit will be accepted for credit toward the minor in communication studies at NIU.
Check departmental information for any additional requirements.
Option 1. Communication Studies (18)
Students may pursue a minor in the field of communication studies by successfully completing 18 semester hours from the department’s communication studies course offerings numbered 200 or above; these hours may include a maximum of 6 hours of 200-level courses.
Because of the wide range of fields that are appropriate as areas of study, including film studies, public communication, media studies, media production, and communication studies, students are encouraged to secure information about these areas from the department.
Twelve or more semester hours in this option for the minor in communication studies must be taken at NIU.
Option 2. Communication Education (24)
Students wishing to teach speech communication at the secondary level must have a declaration of minor in communication studies filed and approved, earn a grade of C or better in all communication courses in the minor, and successfully complete all of the requirements for initial educator licensure in another field of study. See list of initial educator licensure programs in the “Educator Licensure Requirements” section of this catalog. It is strongly recommended that the initial licensure be in English.
Students completing the above requirements, who also are recommended by the NIU licensure officer for initial educator licensure in another field of study or who already possess a valid secondary educator license (6-12), will have met the state’s requirements for endorsement to teach speech communication at the secondary level.
Eighteen or more semester hours in this option for the minor in communication studies must be taken at NIU.