BA Communication Studies

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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the foundational concepts, theories, and methods of critical, humanistic, and social scientific approaches to studying communication.
  2. Analyze mediated and non-mediated communication practices, messages, and effects considering the culture and context in which they occur.
  3. Practice self-reflexivity about one’s own communication practices.
  4. Develop a critical framework for making ethical and inclusive communication choices.
  5. Select appropriate modalities and technologies to accomplish communication goals.
  6. Apply communication concepts, theories, and methods to real-world events, issues, and problems.
  7. Produce effective and ethical communication based on awareness of diverse perspectives, contexts, and social identities.

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 (Upper-Division D) (USCP) 14
COMS 322Persuasion4
COMS 330Classical Rhetorical Theory4
COMS 331Contemporary Rhetorical Theory4
or COMS 435 American Political Rhetoric
COMS 332Rhetorical Criticism4
COMS 350Advanced Forensic Activity2
COMS 384Media Effects4
or COMS 385 Media Criticism
COMS 460Undergraduate Seminar1
COMS 461Senior Project3
COMS Electives (300-400 level) 220
Upper-division writing intensive course
Select from the following:4
Corporate Communication
Advanced Rhetorical Inquiry and Composing
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
World History, 1800 - Present (D2) 1
PSY 201General Psychology (E) 14
or PSY 202 General Psychology
STAT 217Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (B4) 14
(See GE program requirements below.)56
Free Electives 324
Total units180

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 16 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 56 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning).
Area A English Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1 Oral Communication4
A2 Written Communication4
A3 Critical Thinking4
Area B Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1 Physical Science4
B2 Life Science4
B3 One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (4 units in Support) 10
Upper-Division B4
Area C Arts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1 Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2 Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English4
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C24
Upper-Division C4
Area D Social Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1 American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement) (0-4 units in Support)0-4
D2 Lower-Division D (0-4 units in Support)0-4
Upper-Division D (4 units in Major) 10
Area E Lifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E (4 units in Support) 10
Area F Ethnic Studies
Lower-Division F4
GE Electives in Areas B, C, and D
Select courses from two different areas: may be lower-division or upper-division courses.
GE Electives8
Total units56