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Majors & Minors


 

Major in Communication:

Students are required to take a total of 14 Communication courses to complete the major. The courses must include:

  • 6 at the lower division level
  • 8 at the upper division level

Lower Division Requirements for Communication Majors:

  • COMM 1 - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 2 - Introduction to Mass Communication
  • COMM 12 - Technology and Communication
  • COMM 20 - Public Speaking
  • COMM 30 - Intro to Digital Film Making
  • COMM 40/ 40EL - News Gathering and Writing

Students should take Comm 1 & 2, 30, and 40 by the end of their sophomore year.

Upper Division Requirements for Communication Majors:

1.) All majors must take:

  • COMM 110 - Quantitative Methods
  • COMM 111 - Qualitative Methods or COMM 111G- Feminist Methods
  • COMM 196- Thesis or Capstone Course

2.) Additionally, students must complete five other upper division courses. At least 2 courses must come from List A, and at least 1 course must come from List B. Note: not all courses are offered every year, and most have prerequisites.

List A:

  • COMM 100A - The Science of Happiness
  • COMM 101A - Vocation & Gender: Seeking Meaning
  • COMM 102A - Persuasion
  • COMM 103A - Communication and Conflict
  • COMM 104A - Group Communication
  • COMM 105A - Multicultural Folktales and Storytelling
  • COMM 106G - Health Communication
  • COMM 107A - Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 108A - Communication & Gender
  • COMM 109A- Friendships & Romances
  • COMM 120A - Environmental Communication
  • COMM 121A - Diversity and Media
  • COMM 122A - Media and Advocacy
  • COMM 123A - Media and Youth
  • COMM 125A - Media Audience Studies
  • COMM 126A - Violence and Communication
  • COMM 136A - Genre, Auteur & Narrative Strategies
  • COMM 137A - American Film History/ Theory- Topics Vary
  • COMM 138A - Television History/ Theory- Topics Vary
  • COMM 139A - Global Cinema History/Theory- Topics Vary
  • COMM 147A - Theory of News
  • COMM 149A - Political News
  • COMM 151A - Organizational Communication
  • COMM 163A - Internet Communities and Communication
  • COMM 164A - Race, Gender & Public Health
  • COMM 168A - Race, Gender &  Politics in the News
  • COMM 169A - Special Topics in Communication Technology
  • COMM 170A - Communication Law
  • COMM 171A- The Business of Media
  • COMM 175A - Theology of Communication
  • COMM 176A - Biology of Human Communication
  • COMM 180A - Global Audiences
  • COMM 181A - Global Media Industries
  • COMM 182A - Global News Issues
  • COMM 183A - Communication Development/Social Change
  • COMM 184A - Postcolonial Identity & Communication
  • COMM 185A - New Media and Communication

List B:

  • COMM 101B - Interviewing
  • COMM 124B - Information Campaigns
  • COMM 130B - Global Screenwriting
  • COMM 131B - Short Fiction Production
  • COMM 132B - Short Documentary  Production
  • COMM 133B  - Expanded Cinema Production
  • COMM 134B - Master Shot/Studio Production
  • COMM 135B - Editing and Cinematography
  • COMM 141B - Advanced Journalism
  • COMM 142B - Online Journalism
  • COMM 143B - Special Topics in Journalism
  • COMM 144B - Television Journalism
  • COMM 146B - Magazine Journalism
  • COMM 148B - Multicultural Journalism
  • COMM 149B - Science News: How to report on Topics
  • COMM 150B - Organizational Communication
  • COMM 152B - Public Relations Strategies & Practices
  • COMM 161B - Communication Media and Technology in Education
  • COMM 162B- Visual Cultural Communication
  • COMM 165B - Edit & Design for Journalism
  • COMM 186B - Global Interpersonal Communication


Minor in Communication:

The minor program allows you to take courses that are tailored to your interests and needs.

Students are required to take a total of 6 Communication courses to complete the minor. The courses must include:

  • either COMM 1 (Introduction to Interpersonal Communication) or COMM 2 (Introduction to Mass Communication)/COMM 2GL (Introduction to Global Media Studies)
  • a minimum of 2 elective upper-division Communication courses
  • 3 Communication courses taken at either the lower-division or upper-division level

 

 

Please visit the Communication Department in Arts & Sciences, Room 229, to complete the necessary paperwork to officially declare Communication as a major or minor.

All courses taken to fulfill requirements for the major or minor must be four or five units and must be taken for a letter grade, not on a pass/no pass basis. Practicum courses, numbered 190 through 195, do not count toward fulfillment of the Communication major or minor.

 

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