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McMicken College of Arts & Sciences

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The academic discipline of communication focuses on discourse among people and within organizations and social institutions. The award-winning communication faculty members share a distinctive focus on contemporary social problems. Their research and the undergraduate program center on understanding issues of voice, identity, public participation and advocacy/leadership across communication domains including interpersonal, organizational, political, rhetorical, environmental, health and mediated communication.

Students in the program develop strong communication skills grounded in an advanced, theory-based understanding of communication processes. Classroom skills are further developed through experiential learning and community engagement with team-based projects, internships and residencies, service learning and collaboration with community organizations.


Quick Info

Program Code


Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s), Research


2 years


Main Campus


McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


137 McMicken
PO Box 210184
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0184
Phone: 513-556-4440

Student Success Factors

Students in communication have excellent critical-thinking and writing abilities, and they are concerned with understanding society and improving social institutions and the well-being of individuals. Communication is an excellent program for students who are interested in working with people and groups in a variety of fields, e.g., business, social work and law.

Career Possibilities

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.


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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Communication Minor Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Communication Minor Requirements
    • COMM3006, Introduction to Rhetorical Theory, HU, SS, 3
    • COMM3007, Introduction to Communication Theory, 3
    • COMMxxxx, One Performance Course from group below, 3
    • COMMxxxx, Communication Elective Courses (at least two must be at the 3000 level or above) , 9
    Performance Course
    • COMM1071, Introduction to Effective Speaking, HU, 3
    • COMM1076, Introduction to Interpersonal Communication, SS, 3
    • COMM2002, Advanced Public Speaking, 3
    • COMM2012, Persuasion and Civic Engagement, 3
    • COMM2021, Communication in Problem-Solving Groups, SS, 3
    • COMM2081, Business Communication, HU, 3
    • COMM3002, Argument and Contemporary Issues, SE, 3
    Elective Courses
    • COMMxxxx, Must be in discipline: COMM, 9

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Special Programs

Undergraduate student organizations

·         Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

·         The UC forensics/speech team travels to compete at different colleges and universities and is provided with a budget. A great way to improve your public speaking skills and resume.

·         Ethos, a communication community engagement organization.

Communication is a dynamic and challenging discipline. The department is proud of our students who achieve high grades. We encourage you to get to know the faculty. Personal recommendations can be very helpful. Moreover, we welcome you to consider furthering your education with a master’s degree from our department. Contact Dr. Depoe about applying for the master’s degree program. Of course, the faculty is also happy to talk with you about preparing for additional graduate and career opportunities that are available.


Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the minor to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the minor using our online form.


In addition, you must meet with the program director so that the department is aware that you are pursuing the minor and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your minor.

Graduation Requirements

If you have declared the minor, then it will appear on your application for graduation. Apply for graduation as you normally would for your bachelor’s degree.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.