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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Enhanced critical thinking ability.
  2. Enhanced competency in written communication.
  3. Enhanced competency in oral communication.
  4. Enhanced conversation management skills in interpersonal settings.
  5. Enhanced competency in small group settings, both as leader and participant.
  6. Enhanced ability to develop effective message patterns in organizational settings.
  7. Increased understanding of the importance of ethics and values in human communication.

Student Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of classical and contemporary human communication theories.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of communication from a variety of philosophical, historical, theoretical and practical perspectives.
  3. Demonstrate an increased sensitivity to multicultural dimensions of communication.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of communication in diverse contexts – interpersonal, small group, public, organizational, and mass media.
  5. Demonstrate enhanced analytical, critical and performance competencies that will assist students in participating effectively in a democratic society.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major or support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

Select from the following:4
Advanced Public Speaking
Performance of Literature
Applied Argumentation
COMS 212Interpersonal Communication4
COMS 213Organizational Communication4
COMS 217Small Group Communication4
COMS 250Forensic Activity2
COMS 311Communication Theory4
COMS 312Communication Research Methods4
COMS 316Intercultural Communication (USCP)4
COMS 322Persuasion4
COMS 330Classical Rhetorical Theory4
COMS 331Contemporary Rhetorical Theory4
or COMS 435 American Political Rhetoric
COMS 332Rhetorical Criticism4
COMS 350Advanced Forensic Activity2
COMS 385Media Criticism4
or COMS 419 Media Effects
COMS 460Undergraduate Seminar1
COMS 461Senior Project3
COMS electives (300-400 level) 216
Upper division writing intensive class
Select from the following:4
Writing: Advanced Composition
Corporate Communication
Creative Nonfiction
Modern language 103 (CHIN, FR, GER, ITAL, JPNS, SPAN, WLC) or demonstration of comparable level of proficiency4
HIST 110Western Civilization: Ancient to Renaissance4
Select from the following:4
United States History Since 1865 (D1) 1, 3
World History, 1800 - Present (D3) 1, 4
PSY 201General Psychology (D4) 1, 54
or PSY 202 General Psychology
STAT 217Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (B1) 1, 64
(See GE program requirements below.)60
Free Electives24
Total units180

Required in Support; also satisfies GE.


Only 4 units of supervised instruction, including COMS 400, COMS 450, and COMS 485, may be counted here.


HIST 202 simultaneously satisfies GE D1.


HIST 223 simultaneously satisfies GE D3.


PSY 201 and PSY 202 simultaneously satisfies GE D4.


STAT 217 simultaneously satisfies 4 units of GE B1.

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 12 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area A Communication
A1 Expository Writing4
A2 Oral Communication4
A3 Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area B Science and Mathematics
B1 Mathematics/Statistics (4 units in Support plus 4 units in GE) 14
B2 Life Science4
B3 Physical Science4
B4 One lab taken with either a B2 or B30
B5 Area B Elective (select one course from B1-B5)4
Area C Arts and Humanities
C1 Literature4
C2 Philosophy4
C3 Fine/Performing Arts4
C4 Upper-division elective (no COMS course)4
Area D/E Society and the Individual
D1 The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement) (0-4 units in Support) 10-4
D2 Political Economy4
D3 Comparative Social Institutes (0-4 units in Support) 10-4
D4 Self Development (CSU Area E) (4 units in Support) 10
D5 Upper-division elective (no COMS course)4
Area F Technology
F Upper-division elective4
Total units60

Required in Support; also satisfies GE.