Program Overview:

Undergraduate Communications Studies Major

The study of human communication ranges from interpersonal processes such as persuasion and relationship formation to organizational processes such as group leadership and dispute resolution. It investigates the strategies and styles of public deliberation and debate, as well as political and cultural practice involving mass media and telecommunications systems. Communication studies is an ideal major for students with multiple interests and diverse talents; the discipline provides theory, tools, and techniques for analyzing, managing and improving communication in every arena of professional and personal interaction. Courses in communication studies challenge the mind, broaden one's views, and develop in students an increased awareness of and skill in communication practices. Students with a bachelor's degree in communication are prepared to become responsible leaders, engaged citizens and pioneering problem-solvers in their communities and chosen fields of work.

Program Goals

Graduates will be prepared to:

  • Apply communication theories and concepts in life situations
  • Construct well-reasoned arguments
  • Design and present effective messages
  • Be knowledgeable in theories of organizational communication and in basic rhetorical and critical perspectives from classical and modern traditions
  • Demonstrate communication skills needed to effectively work with others individually and in group settings
  • Demonstrate understanding of effective leadership skills, group processes, and the function of communication networking in organizations

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete 42 units, leading to the bachelor of philosophy in communication (BPhilCom) degree. The degree program includes major requirements, distribution requirements (including a writing requirement), and electives. Minors are optional.

Communication Studies Major Requirements

4 Core Courses

  • COMM ST 102 Public Speaking
  • COMM ST 205 Theories of Persuasion
  • Choice of one: COMM ST 215 Principles of Rhetorical Criticism, COMM ST 225 Communication and Culture, or COMM ST 275 Persuasive Images
  • Choice of one: COMM ST 227 Communication and Technology, COMM ST 246 Health Communication, or COMM ST 270 Theories of Mediated Communication

2 Seminars

  • COMM ST 294 First-year Seminar
  • COMM ST 394 Undergraduate Research Seminar

6 Communication Studies courses

  • 1 200 or 300-level COMM ST courses
  • 5 300-level COMM ST courses

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Distribution Requirements

English - 2 units
  • ENGLISH 111 or 205
  • ENGLISH 113 or PERF ST 103

Humanities – 3 units

  • 3 courses from the following areas: art history, classics, comparative literary studies, English literature, foreign languages (up to two units), history, music history, philosophy, religion, and some courses in African American studies, foreign languages with literature, gender studies, performance studies, radio/television/film, Slavic languages and literature and theatre.

Psychology – 3 units

Social Sciences – 3 units

  • 3 courses from the following areas: anthropology, economics, history, linguistics, political science, sociology, and some courses in African American studies, gender studies, psychology and statistics.

Science – 3 units

  • 4 courses from the following areas: astronomy, biological sciences, chemistry, earth and planetary sciences, engineering, geography, information systems, mathematics, physics and some courses in anthropology, psychology, radio/television/film and statistics

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Up to 16 elective courses, depending on transfer credits