Communication – Online Minor

The world needs great communicators. Become one.

No matter how often the job market evolves or new industries emerge, one skill will forever be in demand: the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately. In order to refine existing skills and gain new ones that will serve you well in your career, earn an undergraduate minor in communication online with Oregon State University.

Offered by Oregon State’s College of Liberal Arts, this minor program will help you understand and demonstrate the value of communicating effectively in public speaking, argumentation and critical discourse, and interpersonal communication as they pertain to personal and professional activities and contexts.

Employers want professionals who communicate well

The National Association of Colleges and Employers is a leading authority on the employment of college-educated professionals. Communication is on its list of must-have career readiness competencies.

Whether you’re passionate about the arts, humanities, forestry, health, engineering or science, your ability to competently communicate with others will be an advantage in a variety of workplace contexts.


The online communication courses in this 27-credit program will guide you through the development of crucial skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, cultural responsiveness, public speaking, collaboration and professionalism.

You’ll benefit from a mixture of courses in rhetoric persuasion and the relational side of communication, and you’ll receive training in both. More curriculum details are available on Oregon State’s academic catalog.

Sample course topics

  • Public speaking
  • Argument and critical discourse
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Rhetorical theory
  • Communication theory
  • Propaganda and social control
  • Communication and culture in cyberspace
  • Health communication

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State

  • All classes are developed by OSU's world-class faculty, who are renowned for their research, expertise and innovation.
  • Oregon State is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • Oregon State Ecampus is consistently ranked among the nation’s 10 best providers of online education according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • OSU's online students receive the same transcript as on-campus students.