Majors and Minors

The curriculum for a communication studies major is composed of a minimum of nine units designed around two components: (1) a common core of three fundamental courses, and (2) courses that support an understanding of theories and research in communication studies.

Requirements for Communication Studies Major (9 units)

  • Common Core: 101, 241, 300
  • 3 units from List 1
  • 3 units from List 2

Common Core
All majors must complete the common core, which consists of three units:

  • 101: Introduction to Human Communication (1 unit)
  • 241: Public Speaking (1 unit)
  • 300: Research Methods in Communication (1 unit)

Beyond the core, each communication studies major must choose three units from each of following lists.

List 1 (3 units)
202: Interpersonal and Family Communication
203: Small Group and Organizational Communication
205: Mass Communication
207: Communicating Gender
209: Sport Communication
213: Intercultural Communication
215: Social Media
242: Professional Communication
287, 288, 289 Selected Topics (1/4, 1/2, 1)

List 2 (3 units): All 300-level courses have a prerequisite of Communication 101 and at least one 200-level course.
303: Organizational Culture and Communication
306: Public Relations
311: Environmental Communication            
314: Other Side of Interpersonal Communication
322: Communication Theory and Research
351: Persuasion
365: Media Theory    
387, 388, 389 Selected Topics (1/4, 1/2, 1)
391, 392 Internship (1/2, 1)

All 287-289 and 387-389 courses (Selected Topics) offered will be accepted as electives toward the major. Students may complete multiple Selected Topics courses and count them toward the major, but may not complete the same course more than once. In addition, internships (391, 392) and directed studies (411, 412) may be counted toward the major if they are approved by the department in advance and are taken within the Communication Studies Department (as Communication Studies 391, 392, 411, or 412).

Requirements for Communication Studies Major with Professional Communication and Production Emphasis (9 units)

Students may also choose the professional communication and production emphasis listed below.

  • Common Core: 101, 241, 300
  • 3 units taken from 205, 306, 351, 365, or internship
  • 3 units taken from English: 207, 208, 306, 308, 309, 301, 311, 312, and 313

Requirements for Minor

A minimum of six units including:

  • Common Core: 101, 241, 300
  • 2 units from List 1
  • 1 unit from List 2