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Communication, Media, and Rhetoric Minor

Division of Humanities - Adm
Division of Humanities
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits in this minor: 20
This discipline is in the Division of the Humanities. The mission of the Communication, Media, and Rhetoric (CMR) discipline is to provide an introduction to the breadth of scholarship in communication history, communication theory, and communication contexts. UMM students in the CMR major study the multidimensional nature of various types of communication processes, the activities of message production, and the analysis and evaluation of personal, public, and mass communication. Students develop skills for lifelong learning and refine capabilities for active involvement in a participatory democracy. Objectives--The curriculum is designed to ensure that: 1. Students develop a historical and theoretical understanding of the three areas of communication, electronic media, and rhetoric. 2. Students use a variety of assigned theoretical approaches and research methods appropriate to rhetoric, communication, and electronic mass media to describe and evaluate assigned or chosen discourse. 3. Students participate in a variety of oral communication phenomenon assignments using informative and persuasive speaking techniques effectively. Learning Outcomes: 1. Students will be able to compare and evaluate various theoretical approaches, demonstrate an understanding of the historical dimensions of theory building, and describe and critically evaluate the complexity and richness of communication. 2. Students will be able to choose from a variety of methods to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate a specific act, communication artifact, or phenomena. 3. Students will be able to design and deliver effective messages orally.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Up to 4 credits of coursework with a grade of D or D+ may be used to meet the minor requirements if offset by an equivalent number of credits of A or B. Courses may not be taken S-N, unless offered S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the minor to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
CMR 1052 - Introduction to Public Speaking [E/CR] (2.0 cr)
CMR 1062 - Introduction to Interpersonal and Group Communication [HUM] (4.0 cr)
CMR 1101 - Introduction to Theories of Communication, Media, and Rhetoric [HUM] (4.0 cr)
Elective Courses
Take 10 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CMR 1388 - College Newspaper Experience (1.0 cr)
· CMR 1389 - College Radio Experience (1.0 cr)
· CMR 2311 - Media History and Society [SS] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 2321 - Digital Media Production [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 2411 - Health Communication [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 2421 - Business and Professional Communication [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3101 - Rhetorical History and Theories: Pre-Socratic to Modern Periods [IP] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3111 - Contemporary Rhetorical Theory and Criticism [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3123 - Rhetorical Criticism and Speeches that Changed the World [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3124 - Rhetoric of Comic Art: Analysis and Creation [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3125 - Rhetoric of Free Speech in American Schools: Case Law and Queries [SS] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3202 - Rhetoric of Presidential Inaugurals [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3251 - Rhetorical Criticism and Free Speech Discourse [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3301 - Media Theory, Criticism, and Problems [SS] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3312 - Media Literacy [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3342 - Visual Journalism [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3401 - Communication Theory [SS] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3411 - Intercultural Communication Theory and Research [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3421 - Organizational Communication Theory and Research [SS] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 3432 - Communication Research Methods [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 4122 - Rhetoric of Picture Books, Prose and Picture [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 4152 - Advanced Public Speaking [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· CMR 4341 - New Media Technologies [HUM] (2.0 cr)
· CMR 4411 - Advanced Interpersonal Communication (4.0 cr)
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