Minors

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Leadership Minor

The Department of Strategic Communication offers a minor in leadership to provide the theoretical background, historical contexts, and core competencies needed to become effective leaders and team members in a variety of fields and professions.

Leadership is a communication and relational process, not a position. Leadership requires responsible, thoughtful reflection and action from all levels of society. This approach requires competencies in self-awareness, team skills, ethical decision-making, as well as the ability to generate a vision and lead with, through, and for others to bring about positive change.

Course Course Name Hours
STRC 1111 Public Speaking 3
STRC 1112 Communicating Leadership 3
STRC 2661 Introduction to Organizational Communication 3
STRC 2672 or 2696 Global Communication or Diverse Communication and 3
STRC 2662 Leading Groups and Team Building 3
STRC 4879 or 4670 Collaborative Advocacy or Special Topics In Organizational Leadership 3
A grade of C or higher is required for all courses in the leadership minor for graduation credit. 18

The Leadership minor provides courses to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform in the following areas:

  • Understand high performance teams
  • Discover potential and personal values, passions, and vision
  • Build competence in leadership communication skills
  • Develop ability to work effectively with diverse groups in diverse contexts
  • Understand organizational systems and how to implement change

If you are interested adding a minor in Leadership, contact an advisor in the SMC Advising Center.

The Leadership minor is not available to StratComm majors.

Public Relations Minor

The Department of Strategic Communication offers a minor in Public Relations, providing the theoretical background, historical context, and core competencies needed to communicate effectively and lead at the organizational, team, and individual levels.

Public Relations is a management function which emphasizes communication and relationship building. Thus, the public relations profession requires ethical, responsible, thoughtful reflection and action. This approach requires competencies of self-awareness, oral and written communication skills, ethical decision-making and action, and the ability to research and understand audiences and to formulate message strategies.

This program enables students to build both knowledge and skills to develop mutually-beneficial relationships between organizations and publics and to influence and empower others. Students will be able to build a foundation based on theory and practical application.

This minor will be available in spring 2014.

Course Course Name Hours
STRC 1111 Public Speaking 3
STRC 1112 Communicating Leadership 3
STRC 2111 Introduction to Communication Theory 3
STRC 2112 Strategies & Tactics of Persuasion 3
STRC 2551 Media Information Gathering & Evaluation 3
STRC 2552 Introduction to Public Relations 3
STRC 3543 Fundamentals of PR Writing 3
A grade of C or higher is required for all courses in the PR minor for graduation credit. 21

If you are interested adding a minor in Public Relations, contact an advisor in the SMC Advising Center.

The Public Relations minor is not available to StratComm majors.