Karen McGee, Assistant Dean
316 Newhouse 3, 315-443-4622, email@example.com
The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications oversees this minor.
The goal of this minor is to permit students to examine how the process of public communications affects society. Students will learn how the various media, including newspapers, magazines, books, radio, television, film, advertising, public relations, photography, graphics, online journalism, social media, and new media influence specific audiences and shape society in the United States and globally.
This minor is intended for Syracuse University students who are not enrolled in the School of Public Communications. Students choosing this minor should have an interest in learning more about the social, political, economic, ethical, and legal effects of public communications on their lives as citizens, professionals, and leaders in our society.
Applicants are admitted on a space-available basis depending upon cumulative GPA. To be eligible, a student must have completed 30 credits at Syracuse University in courses graded A-F and must submit an application to the Newhouse Undergraduate Advising and Records Office (316 N3) by December 15 for spring admission or May 1 for fall admission. Students must declare the public communications minor no later than the first semester of their junior year.
Students must complete 18 credits of which 12 credits must be 300-level or above.
Four additional courses from the following list. No more than one course may have a number lower than 300. Admission to these courses is based on space availability.
- ADV 201 - Best Advertisements in the Universe
- ADV 206 - Advertising Practice in a Diverse Society
- ADV 345 - The Power and Peril of Global Persuasion
- COM 300 - Selected Topics Effects of Sex in the Media
- COM 337 - Real News, Fake News: Literacy for the Information Age
- COM 346 - Race, Gender, and the Media
- COM 400 - Selected Topics Trendspotting Digital Media
- International Communications in the European Media (SU Abroad, Strasbourg)
- International Digital and Social Media (SU Abroad, Summer, France)
- COM 427 - Social Media for Communicators
- GRA 345 - Visual Issues in the Media
- ICC 300 - Selected Topics New Media Business
- ICC 400 - Selected Topics New Media Entrepreneurship
- MAG 205 - An Introduction: Editorial, Ethics, and the Business of Magazines
- NEW 345 - Critical Perspective on News
- NEW 400 - Selected Topics Creating the Next News Start-Up
- PRL 206 - Public Relations Principles and Concepts
- PRL 345 - The Ethics of Advocacy
- PRL 400 - Selected Topics Introduction to Public Relations Abroad (SU Abroad, London)
- TRF 235 - Principles and Practices: Television-Radio, Film Industries
- TRF 340 - Topics in Critical and Historical Perspectives (variable title, repeatable)
- TRF 530 - Popular Culture Studies (variable title, repeatable)
- TRF 560 - Topics in International Perspectives (variable title, repeatable)
To declare a minor, students must file a declaration form indicating specific courses selected. The form must be approved by Assistant Dean Karen McGee (315 Newhouse 3) and by the student’s home college.
Los Angeles Semester Option
Students who have been accepted into the Public Communications Studies minor may choose to complete half the minor by participating in the SU in Los Angeles program. To complete the minor and include the LA option, students must be a junior or a senior and do the following:
Application deadlines for the Los Angeles program are in October (for spring) and in February (for fall). The Television, Radio and Film Department holds an information session for interested students each semester. For more information, contact Shelly Griffin, Assistant Director of Off-Campus Programs, in 318 Newhouse 3 at 443-4004, firstname.lastname@example.org.