2024-2025 Catalog 
    May 29, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog

Communication (COM-MNR-AS) Minor

Location(s): Ferris Main Campus

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A GMAC recruiter’s survey, asked employers to identify among five broad skill sets which they consider to be most important when hiring. Communication skills came out on top, followed in order by teamwork skills, technical skills, leadership skills, and managerial skills. Look at any job posting and one of the key qualifications will be strong communication skills. With a minor in communication, you will stand above the average applicant for any job. Strong public speaking skills, great teamwork ability, and excellent interpersonal communication are only the beginning in this minor! From that start, you can focus on leadership, interviewing, and intercultural communication for a business focus. If you want to go for a more humanistic approach focus on gender, nonverbal, family, and human relations. Apply some of these skills with our persuasion and public advocacy courses and be a force in the world today. Last but not least, the workplace is ever-adapting to new technology and our social media and digital communication classes will help you be at the forefront. Student stake a core of interpersonal, presentation, and group dynamic courses, then build on this foundation by electing 9 credits of 300 level courses that are relevant to their interests or career goals. This flexibility allows students to design a minor which enhances their marketability while improving their personal communication skills in ways that can lead to greater satisfaction in their private lives. Great communicators require knowledge and skill and that is what you gain in the communication minor at Ferris State University.

Program Outcomes

  1. Apply communication theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to accomplish communicative goals (self-efficacy).

Admission Requirements

This minor is open to all students enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program, and may only be awarded to those not pursuing a degree in this subject area.

New Student Admission Requirements

  • Students must be admitted to Ferris State University and pursuing a bachelor’s degree; except those pursuing a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Applied Speech Communication.

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

  • Students must be admitted to Ferris State University and pursuing a bachelor’s degree; except those pursuing a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Applied Speech Communication.

All Minor Requirements - 18 Credits Required

Minor Courses - 18 Credits Required


  • Students who return to the university after an interrupted enrollment, not including summer semester, must normally meet the requirements of the curriculum which are in effect at the time of their return, not the requirements which were in effect when they were originally admitted.
  • Credit Variance - Credits required may vary based on course placement, prerequisites, etc. If you have questions, contact your advisor.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from Ferris State University, students must meet both University and Programmatic Graduation Requirements.

University Graduation Requirements

These are the minimum graduation requirements for a minor at Ferris State University:

  • A GPA of 2.00 or higher must be achieved for the courses within the minor.
  • A minimum of 18 credits within the minor must be earned.
  • A minimum of 50 percent of minor credits must be earned from Ferris State University to meet the Residency requirement.
  • A minimum of 9 of the credits in the minor must be at the 200 level or higher.
  • A maximum of one-third of the credits, but no more than 7 credit hours, in a minor may overlap with the student’s major.
  • Up to 6 credit hours may overlap between any two minors.
  • The minor must be completed prior to or at the awarding of a bachelor’s degree.

Programmatic Graduation Requirements

These are the additional graduation requirements mandated by the program:

  • All requirements as specified in the All Minor Requirements section must be met.
  • A minimum grade of C must be earned in all minor courses.
  • A minimum of 9 credits in the minor must be at the 300 level or higher.

Contact Information

Dr. Cami Sanderson
(231) 591-2995
[email protected]

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