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The minor in communication studies explores basic communication principles to help you better understand your own and others' communication in relationships, organizations, and our society.

Why should I study communication?

The field of communication studies is about using your own self-awareness to relate to and interact with others on personal and professional levels. In today's world where people are constantly "plugged in" to technology, the demand for exemplary digital and face-to-face communicators is at an all-time high.

As a student minoring in communication studies, you'll explore interpersonal and group communication, public speaking, and communication strategies—and gain the foundational communication skills necessary to thrive in life.

What can I do with this degree?

This minor is especially encouraged for students in fields where an additional study of communication theory and practice would be valuable: psychologybusinessyouth ministrytheologypolitical sciencereconciliation studies, or art.

What skills will I develop?

  • Interpersonal communication
  • Public speaking
  • Strategic planning
  • Public relations
  • Communication analysis

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

You'll learn from professors who are accomplished scholars and have been recognized for their excellence both at Bethel and externally. Recently, Professor Peggy Kendall received an award for top paper at the Central States Communication Association, and Professor Ripley Smith was awarded an Edgren Scholarship to conduct research among those experiencing homelessness. 

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