University Catalog 2023-2024

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. To be admitted to the program, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0. Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. Go to Add a Minor to apply.


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.

Contact Person

Dr. Andrew R. Binder
Associate Professor of Communication
201 Winston Hall, Campus Box 8104

SIS Code: 16SCM

Plan Requirements

  • 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
Public Speaking
Argumentation and Advocacy
Presentational Speaking
Introduction to News and Article Writing
Writing in the Rhetorical Tradition
Communication for Science and Research
Analyzing Style
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
Rhetorical Criticism
Communication & Race
Communication Law
Environmental Communication
Ethical Issues in Communication
Communication and Conflict Management
Communication and Globalization
Visual Rhetoric
Organizational Communication
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