Communication Studies Department

Minor - Communication in the Information Age

This interdisciplinary minor Communication in the Information Age provides students the theoretical insights and practical skills necessary to thrive in the information age. The curriculum teaches the basic skills of information retrieval and evaluation; provides insight into contemporary media practices; and explores the intersection of technology, identity, and culture. Completion of this minor means that you can:

  • Employ a broad range of resources and information technologies (including content development, visual design, and website construction) for the purposes of effective personal, artistic, and professional communication.
  • Practice effective principles of information gathering, evaluation and synthesis while demonstrating awareness of legal, ethical, and practical issues relating to these practices.
  • Develop reasoned and well articulated perspectives on contemporary questions related to rights and responsibilities in the information age, with particular awareness of issues related to equity, intellectual property, intellectual freedom, and the ethical responsibilities of media institutions.

University Graduation Requirements

To be awarded a minor, at least 12 units of coursework must be completely distinct and separate from the coursework in the major (University Policy S16-4).

Course Requirements

Requirements of the Minor18
Minor Core7
MCOM 072. Mass Communication and SocietyD33
COMM 181F. New Media/New World4
Complete eleven units from:
ARTH 072. Design in SocietyC13
ARTH 176A. Graphic Design History and Theory3
COMM 131P. New Media/You Media4
COMM 151I. New Media/New Methods4
RTVF 110. Media and CultureS3

Total Units:18