Minors

The School of Communication offers several distinct minors. Admission to the minors requires a declared major, completion of 32 academic units at USC (transfer students with 16 academic units completed at USC) and a minimum USC GPA of 3.0.

All current students should confirm degree requirements with their advisor.

Minor in Culture, Media and Entertainment
This 20-unit minor offers courses that examine the theory, content, social impact and economics of a range of creative, media, culture and entertainment industries. Through the lens of music, film, television, advertising, digital media, games, comics and fashion, students will learn strategies for analyzing popular culture and entertainment texts, mechanisms and platforms of content distribution, as well as the historical, social, cultural and political issues shaping these entertainment fields. Taking into account shifts and disruptions in contemporary media and entertainment, students will further examine consumption, audience engagement and participation that necessarily shape our individual and collective identities. These courses will highlight the production, consumption and meanings inscribed in entertainment media industries and products. Depending on the courses selected, the minor will prepare students for a variety of careers in and/or further critical scholarship about media and entertainment industries.

Required Core Courses (8 units)

  • COMM 300 Foundations for the Study of Entertainment, Communication and Society (4 units)
  • COMM 384 Interpreting Popular Culture (4 units)

Choose Three Electives (12 units)

  • COMM 306 Innovation, Entertainment, and the Arts (4 units)
  • COMM 307 Sound Clash: Popular Music and American Culture (4 units)
  • COMM 310 Media and Society (4 units)
  • COMM 312 The Business and Culture of Celebrity (4 units)
  • COMM 350 Video Games: Content, Industry, and Policy (4 units)
  • COMM 355 Advertising and Communication (4 units)
  • COMM 360 The Rhetoric of Los Angeles (4 units)
  • COMM 363 Media Consumption (4 units)
  • COMM 395m Gender, Media and Communication (4 units)
  • COMM 396 Fashion, Media and Culture (4 units)
  • COMM 426 Religion, Media and Hollywood: Faith in TV (4 units)
  • COMM 430 Global Entertainment (4 units)
  • COMM 432 American Media and Entertainment Industries (4 units)
  • COMM 433 Home Entertainment (4 units)
  • COMM 440 Music as Communication (4 units)
  • COMM 456 Entertainment, Marketing and Culture (4 units)
  • COMM 457 Children and Media (4 units)
  • COMM 458m Race and Ethnicity in Entertainment and the Arts (4 units)
  • COMM 465m Gender in Media Industries and Products (4 units)
  • COMM 498 Ethical Issues in Entertainment and Communication (4 units)
  • CTCS 482 Transmedia Entertainment (4 units)
  • JOUR 381 Entertainment, Business and Media in Today's Society (4 units)
  • JOUR 452 Public Relations in Entertainment (4 units)
  • JOUR 457 The Role of Celebrity in Public Relations (4 units)
  • JOUR 494 Transmedia, New Media and Strategic Communication (4 units)

Communication Policy and Law Minor
Information and communication practices and technologies have an increasingly powerful impact on nearly every aspect of our lives. From the level of privacy in our personal lives to the way we govern our communities or manage our businesses, the legal and policy issues in the communication field are ever-changing and increasingly complex. To prepare students to navigate this dynamic and complicated world, the minor in communication policy and law combines courses in communication, law, ethics, and the business of communication.  This is an ideal minor for students interested in law or advanced communication scholarship.  

Required Core Courses

  • COMM 322 Argumentation and Advocacy (4 units)
  • ASCJ 210 Contours of Change in Media and Communication (4 units)

Elective Courses
Choose three from the following. 

  • COMM 345 Social and Economic Implications of Communication Technologies (4 units)
  • COMM 371 Censorship and the Law: From the Press to Cyberspace (4 units)
  • COMM 402 Public Communication Campaigns (4 units)
  • COMM 412 Communication and Social Movements (4 units)
  • COMM 422 Legal Issues and New Media (4 units)
  • COMM 427 Topics in Media Economics, Law and Policy (4 units)
  • COMM 489 Campaign Communication (4 units)
  • JOUR 462 Law of Mass Communication (4 units)

Minor in Communication Technology Practices and Platforms
Students in this minor trace the roots and dynamics of contemporary networked technologies and learn how to participate and excel within media cultures, online networks and organizational workplaces. The minor focuses on three areas: cultures (connecting communication technologies to histories, values, and ethics of social relationships and civic communities); networks (developing qualitative and quantitative skills to model, explain and influence relationships among media and people at local and global scales); institutions (tracing the legal, organizational, economic and interpersonal contexts that produce and transform communication technologies). The field of communication technology requires individuals who can critique, cultivate, build and influence new relationships among people, platforms and practices. Whether starting careers in strategic consulting, medical informatics, non-profit management, social media design, public sector service or new media entrepreneurship, students are encouraged to utilize skills and foundational concepts underlying 21st century communication technologies.

Required Core Courses

  • COMM 309 Communication and Technology (4 units)
  • COMM 339 Communication Technology and Culture (4 units)
  • COMM 340 The Cultures of New Media (4 units)

Electives
Choose two from the following.

  • COMM 310 Media and Society (4 units)
  • COMM 321 Communication and Social Media
  • COMM 345 Social and Economic Implications of Communication Technologies (4 units)
  • COMM 350 Video Games: Content, Industry, and Policy (4 units)
  • COMM 422 Legal Issues and New Media (4 units)
  • COMM 431 Global Strategy for the Communications Industry (4 units)
  • COMM 449 Perspectives on the Networked Press (4 units)
  • COMM 465m Gender in Media Industries and Products (4 units)
  • COMM 486 Human and Technological Systems in Organizations (4 units)
  • COMM 498 Ethical Issues in Entertainment and Communication (4 units)
  • CTIN 462 Critical Theory and Analysis of Games (4 units)
  • CTIN 463 Anatomy of a Game (4 units)
  • CTIN 488 Game Design Workshop (4 units)

Minor in Justice, Voice, and Advocacy
The 20-unit minor offers courses that prompt students to explore the central role communication, media, news, and public relations play in a multicultural society. As a cross-school minor, students will examine questions and perspectives on identity and community through an interdisciplinary lens that centers on theory and praxis, impact and change. The courses in this minor are grouped in order to give students a foundational understanding of the cultural roots and representations of identity, the practice of storytelling in the context of local and disenfranchised communities, as well as various institutional structures and policies that create barriers or avenues of social justice. Familiarity with these important issues serves students on a practical level by improving their ability to understand, anticipate and appreciate diverse viewpoints and audiences. The minor also helps students develop as more engaged, informed and empathetic citizens who are empowered to bring resolution and shared understanding to areas of conflict and difference in their own lives, the broader community, and the workplace. Communication majors must take 16 units outside of COMM and Journalism majors must take 16 units outside of JOUR. At least 16 units must be unique to the minor (e.g. not included in the major).

Required Core Courses (8 units)

  • ASCJ 210 Contours of Change in Media and Communication (4 units)
  • COMM 366 Designing Media and Communication Projects for Social Change (4 units)

Elective Courses (12 units)

Choose 4 units from the following Culture and Identity electives:

  • COMM 307 Sound Clash: Popular Music and American Culture (4 units)
  • COMM 322 Argumentation and Advocacy (4 units)
  • COMM 324 Intercultural Communication (4 units)
  • COMM 360 The Rhetoric of Los Angeles (4 units)
  • COMM 392 Media and Migration in Times of European Crisis (4 units)
  • COMM 395 Gender, Media and Communication (4 units)
  • COMM 412 Communication and Social Movements (4 units)
  • COMM 414 Communication and Social Change in China (4 units)
  • COMM 415 African American Rhetoric and Image (4 units)
  • COMM 426 Religion, Media and Hollywood: Faith in TV (4 units)
  • COMM 450 Visual Culture and Communication (4 units)
  • COMM 451 Visual Communication and Social Change (4 units)
  • COMM 458 Race and Ethnicity in Entertainment and the Arts (4 units)
  • JOUR 465 Latino News Media in the United States (4 units)
  • JOUR 466 People of Color and the News Media (4 units)
  • JOUR 467 Gender and the News Media (4 units)
  • JOUR 468 The American Press and Issues of Sexual Diversity (4 units)
  • JOUR 484 American Religion, Foreign Policy and the News Media (4 units)

Choose 4 units from the following Community Storytelling electives:

  • COMM 367 Community Engagement and Service Learning (4 units)
  • JOUR 372 Engaging Diverse Communities in the Digital Era (4 units)
  • JOUR 470 Community Journalism (4 units)
  • PR 455 Public Relations for Non-Profit Organizations (4 units)

Choose 4 units from the following Institutions & Policy electives:

  • COMM 308 Communication and Conflict (4 units)
  • COMM 310 Media and Society (4 units)
  • COMM 385 Organizational Communication (4 units)
  • COMM 421 Legal Communication (4 units)
  • COMM 465 Gender in Media Industries and Products (4 units)
  • JOUR 460 Social Responsibility of the News Media (4 units)
  • JOUR 469 Money, Markets and Media (4 units)

Minor in Media Economics and Entrepreneurship
In recognition of the dislocation and restructuring underway in contemporary media and information industries, this 24-unit minor introduces students to the microeconomics and trends of the sector and gives them an understanding of the role that entrepreneurship plays in the new economy. Students with professional media industry aspirations will learn basic economic literacy and discover the key factors that shape competition in information markets. Further, the minor fosters an entrepreneurial mindset in students and helps them to develop the entrepreneurial skills required to build successful careers and ventures in the media and information sector.

Required Courses (8 units)

  • BAEP 450 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship (4 units) or
  • BAEP 451 The Management of New Enterprises (4 units)
  • COMM 209 Communication and Media Economics

Elective Courses
Choose 16 units from the following.

4 units must be in BAEP:

  • BAEP 452 Feasibility Analysis (4 units; prerequisite BAEP 450, BAEP 451, or BUAD 301)
  • BAEP 454 Venture Initiation: Launching and Scaling Your Startup (4 units; prerequisite BAEP 452)
  • BAEP 460 Seminar in Entrepreneurship (2 units)
  • BAEP 470 The Entrepreneurial Mindset - Taking the Leap (2 units)

4-8 units must be in COMM:

  • COMM 306 Innovation, Entertainment, and the Arts (4 units)
  • COMM 345 Social and Economic Implications of Communication Technologies (4 units)
  • COMM 430 Global Entertainment (4 units)
  • COMM 431 Global Strategy for the Communications Industry (4 units)
  • COMM 432 American Media and Entertainment Industries (4 units)
  • COMM 433 Home Entertainment (4 units)
  • COMM 454 Media, Money, and Society (4 units)

4-8 units must be in JOUR:

  • JOUR 381 Entertainment, Business and Media in Today's Society (4 units)
  • JOUR 429 Business and Economic Foundations of Public Relations (4 units; prerequisite JOUR 351a)
  • JOUR 469 Money, Markets and Media (4 units)
  • JOUR 473 Emerging Media Strategies for Communication and Public Relations (4 units)
  • JOUR 494 Transmedia, New Media and Strategic Communication (4 units)

Minor in Professional and Managerial Communication
The ability to succeed in today’s workplace necessitates a growing number of communication skills. As today’s increasingly global and highly competitive marketplace grows in complexity, the need to understand intercultural differences, the power of structure in the workplace and other issues such as dealing with interpersonal conflicts continues to increase. This minor will provide students interested in the management of people, resources or products with these necessary tools.

Required Core Courses

  • COMM 320 Small Group and Team Communication (4 units)
  • COMM 375 Business and Professional Communication (4 units)
  • COMM 385 Survey of Organizational Communication (4 units)

Electives
Choose three of the following.

  • COMM 302 Persuasion (4 units)
  • COMM 304 Interpersonal Communication (4 units)
  • COMM 308 Communication and Conflict (4 units)
  • COMM 315 Health Communication (4 units)
  • COMM 321 Communication and Social Media (4 units)
  • COMM 322 Argumentation and Advocacy (4 units)
  • COMM 324m Intercultural Communication (4 units)
  • COMM 345 Social and Economic Implications of Communication Technologies (4 units)
  • COMM 388 Ethics in Human Communication (4 units)
  • COMM 431 Global Strategy for the Communications Industry (4 units)
  • COMM 486 Human and Technological Systems in Organization (4 units)
  • COMM 487 Communication and Global Organizations (4 units)

Minor in Sports Media Studies
USC has a unique historical relationship to sports and sports media, and is near the center of the current sports media capital of Los Angeles. The courses examine the role of sports and sports media in culture, how the presentation of sports in media has evolved, has been shaped by cultural issues and, itself, impacted culture. This minor will enhance students’ skills in working and interacting with sports media.

Required Core Courses

  • COMM 381 Issues in Contemporary Sport (4 units)
  • COMM 383m Sports, Communication and Culture (4 units)

Electives
Choose four classes from the following.

  • COMM 300 Entertainment, Communication and Society (4 units)
  • COMM 310 Media and Society (4 units)
  • COMM 363 Media Consumption (4 units)
  • COMM 387 Sports and Social Change (4 units)
  • COMM 444 Critical Theories of Sport (4 units)
  • JOUR 380 Sports, Business and Media in Today's Society (4 units)
  • JOUR 432 Sports Commentary (4 units)
  • MOR 479 The Business of Sports (4 units)
  • OT 333x Sports Ethics (4 units)

Minor in Cultural Studies
See the Department of English for complete course requirements.

Minor in Global Communication
See the School of International Relations for complete course requirements.

Minor in Health Communication
See the Department of Preventative Medicine, Keck School of Medicine for complete course requirements.

Minor in Law and Society
See the Department of Political Science for complete course requirements.

Minor in Photography and Social Change
See the Department of Sociology for complete course requirements.