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Minor in Communication and Public Advocacy (COPUADVMIN)Department of English

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.


Classes associated with this minor give students the opportunity to study the written, oral, visual, and digital tactics that individuals and groups use to advocate for public issues and causes. In addition, students will gain communication skills that are valuable regardless of their major, that contribute to their ability to engage in civic life, and that are sought by employers. Students will develop the skills required to express and argue for their ideas in various settings by analyzing the ideas and arguments of others and by improving their ability to respond persuasively.

Minor requirements

The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Communication and Public Advocacy. Two (2) courses:
    • Any course from the Advanced Electives list below
  2. Advanced Electives. Three (3) courses:
  3. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Minor Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.