Science Communication (Minor)
The minor in Science Communication offered by the Department of Communication is available to undergraduate students interested in developing their understanding of and abilities in communication science to public audiences. It is open to students in all undergraduate majors on campus who want to deepen and broaden their knowledge of how citizens make sense of science and technology in their everyday lives. Required coursework includes 15 credit hours, including (1) an overview course that introduces major issues in contemporary debates about science communication and public engagement, (2) electives that allow students to develop further understanding of communication processes and practices, and (3) a capstone course that engages students on more advanced topics such as climate change, risk communication, environmental communication, and others.
Students interested in the Science Communication minor must contact the minor advisor before their junior year and/or before the completion of 90 credits toward undergraduate degree.
A University Minor Declaration Form should be submitted to Registration and Records for inclusion of the minor on the student’s official record no later than during the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Students will receive official recognition on their transcripts for the completed minor.
Dr. Andrew R. Binder
Associate Professor of Communication
201 Winston Hall, Campus Box 8104
SIS Code: 16SCM
- Completion of 15 credit hours.
- A maximum of TWO (2) courses may be used (double-counted) towards both departmental major requirements and minor requirements.
- A maximum of TWO (2) courses may be used (double-counted) towards any additional minor(s) requirements.
- No more than six (6) transfer credits may be counted towards the minor.
- A grade of ‘C’ (2.0) or better will be required for all courses taken to fulfill minor requirements.
- No coursework may be taken for S/U credit.
Required Courses (6 credit hours)
|Science Communication and Public Engagement|
Capstone Course: Advised 400-level COM elective 1
Elective Courses (9 credit hours)2
|Group I - Foundational Communication Skills|
|Argumentation and Advocacy|
|Introduction to News and Article Writing|
|Writing in the Rhetorical Tradition|
|Communication for Science and Research|
|Group II – Understanding Public Communication Processes and Practices|
|Communication Media in a Changing World|
|Introduction to Persuasion Theory|
|Introduction to Public Relations|
|Language, Communication, and Culture|
|Survey of Rhetorical Theory|
|Critical Analysis of Communication Media|
|Communication and Gender|
|International and Crosscultural Communication|
|Studies in Rhetoric and Digital Media|
|Advanced Group Communication|
|Advanced Topics in Communication and Race|
|Ethical Issues in Communication|
|Communication and Conflict Management|
|Communication and Globalization|
|Nonprofit Leadership & Development|
|Advanced Topics in Gender and Communication|
|Climate Change Communication|
|Internet and Society|
|Advanced Topics in Public Relations|
|Literature and Science|
|Analysis of Scientific and Technical Writing|
|Adaptive Management and Governance|
|Meteorology for Media|
|Environmental Impact Assessment|
|Recreation and Park Interpretive Services|
|Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society|
|Contemporary Science, Technology and Human Values|
Capstone course is recommended to be taken after at least 9 credits in the minor.
(For this elective, COM 436, 479, future risk communication or advanced science communication course can be taken by permission)
Choose 1 course from EACH Group (2 courses total) AND choose 1 additional course from either of the 2 Groups. At least 6 credits must be completed at 300-400 level.
Note: Students who have officially declared the minor and who wish to take a course on the elective list for which they do not currently meet the prerequisites should express their interest in the course to the minor adviser to discuss the possibility of applying for a waiver of the course prerequisite(s).