The minor is a part of the School of Communication Studies, a program within the College of Arts and Letters.

Admission to JMU does not guarantee admission to a minor in the School of Communication Studies. All students interested in minoring in the program must apply for a limited number of spaces while first completing SCOM 240 and SCOM 241. In order to register for these classes, students must first submit their application for an SCOM minor. Applications can be accessed on the SCOM website and must be submitted by email. The School of Communication Studies reviews applications for admission to the minor each semester. Students who have applied will be notified of the department's admission decision at the end of the semester in which they complete the SCOM 240 and SCOM 241 requirements.

The minimum requirement for a minor in communication studies is 18 credit hours in communication studies beyond the General Education requirement, including SCOM 240SCOM 241 and SCOM 245, and a minimum of nine hours at the 300 level or above.

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