Academic Calendar Fall 2020


Communications minor

The requirements of the Communications minor are designed to be met within a four-year Baccalaureate program. The Communications minor will provide 27–32 credits towards the 120-credit minimum required for a UFV Baccalaureate degree, the balance to come from the declared major, plus electives. Of these credits, 15–20 will come from upper-level CMNS courses. Students will be advised to choose a major prior to declaring a minor in Communications. Formal declaration of the minor will be completed in consultation with the advisor in their discipline.

Many Communications courses are offered in a number of formats including online, hybrid, and face-to-face. Students should check before registration that the course is offered in a manner that suits their learning style.

Lower-level requirements: 12 credits

Course Title Credits
CMNS 125 Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences 3
CMNS 235 Public Speaking 3
CMNS 251 Professional Report Writing 3
Plus: An additional lower-level CMNS course 3

Upper-level requirements: 15–20 credits

Course Title Credits
One of: 3–4
CMNS 325 Writing for the Sciences and Technologies  
CMNS 351 Professional Formal Research Report Writing  
CMNS 360 Advocacy Writing  
CMNS 465 Grant and Proposal Writing  
One of: 3–4
CMNS 412 Communications Practicum  
CMNS 430 Communication for Project Management  
CMNS 490 Directed Studies in Communications  
Plus: Three additional upper-level CMNS courses 9–12

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

A maximum of two upper-level courses for the minor may be completed through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). Credits obtained through PLAR do not count towards UFV program residency requirements, and grades are not counted in the UFV grade point average. See UFV's Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition policy (94) for more information.


Students must complete at least 50% of the courses required for the minor at UFV, including at least three of the required upper-level courses.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

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