Graduate Minor in Communicating Science

Round out your M.A. degree with the leadership and interpersonal skills employers are looking for

About the Minor

Learn to develop audience-centered communication, distill scientific concepts into meaningful narratives, and connect effectively with collaborators and funders.

The program brings together communication and rhetorical theory with the techniques of applied improvisation to enhance your career prospects, help you secure funding, and teach you to serve as effective teachers.

The graduate minor in communicating science is designed for masters and doctoral students in the sciences and health professions. The Communicating Science minor is not open to Health Communication PhD students or Applied Communication MA students.


The graduate minor in communicating science consists of 12 hours of courses. Students are required to take two semesters of 3, one-credit hour co-requisite courses.

Co-Requisite Block 1 (3 cr hrs)

  • COMM-C 534: Distilling Your Message: Communicating Science (1 cr)
  • COMM-C 533: Improvisation for Scientists: Communicating Science (1 cr)
  • ENGL-W 533: Science Writing for Public Readers: Communicating Science (1 cr)

Co-Requisite Block 2 (3 cr hrs):

  • COMM-C 535: Using Electronic Media: Communicating Science (1 cr)
  • ENGL-W 535: Science Writing for Public Readers II: Communicating Science (1 cr)
  • COMM-C 536: Connecting with the Community: Communicating Science (1 cr, Program Capstone)

Students will choose two courses (6 credit hours) from the following list:

  • COMM-C 510: Health Provider-Consumer Communication (3 cr.)
  • COMM-C 521: Family Communication in Health Contexts (3 cr.)
  • COMM-C 591: Topics in Applied Communication (3 cr.) with relevant topics in science/health
  • COMM-C 592: Advanced Health Communication (3 cr.)
  • COMM-C 650: Health Communication in Mediated Contexts (3 cr.)
  • COMM-C 695: Seminar in Communication and Healthcare (3 cr.)
  • ENG-W 600: Topics in Rhetoric and Composition (3 cr.), with relevant topics in science/health
  • HIST-H 546: History of Science, Medicine, and Technology (3 cr.)
  • IBMG-G 655: Research Communications (3 cr.)
  • JOUR-J 528: Public Relations Management (3 cr.)
  • JOUR-J 560: Public Relations Research and Evaluation (3 cr.), with topics in Public Relations in the Life Sciences and Integrating Marketing Communication in Health Care
  • PBHL-H 612: Marketing for Health Services Delivery (3 cr.)
  • PBHL-S 625: Applied Public Health Campaigns and Social Marketing Strategies (3 cr.)
  • PBHL-S 622: Coaching for Health Behavior Change (3 cr.)
  • PBHL-E 606: Grant Writing: From Befuddlement to Brilliance (3 cr.)

More Info

Contact Kim White-Mills, Director of Ph.D. Program and Ph.D. Minors.