2020-2021 Catalog 
    Aug 19, 2022  
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication Major

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All students majoring in Communication are required to complete 11 credit units total (7 required CU’s and 4 elective CU’s). Students will complete 4 lower-level and 7 upper-level courses; 3 upper-level courses are part of the Core and therefore, required, and 4 upper-level courses are electives.

Communication majors need to maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher within the major.

Learning Objectives

  • Communication Fluency - Determine best methods and strategies for developing communicative messages for mass audiences

  • Relational Skills - Explore the social interactions between individuals, societies, and institutions

  • Critical Reasoning/Analytical Skills - Evaluate and apply diversity, objectivity, and balance to any form of mass communication

  • Ethical Considerations - Demonstrate an understanding of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and other forms of diversity in relation to mass communication

  • Technological Skills - Demonstrate proper application of industry tools and techniques common to mass communication

  • Specialized knowledge - Identify specific examples of media evolution

  • Global Influence - Understand the significance of mass communication in a global society

Major Requirements

Core - 7 units

Lower Level

Upper Level

  • COMM 300 7  Internship in Communication
  • COMM 370  Communication Ethics (previously JOUR 370).
  • COMM 499  Senior Seminar (Capstone in Communication)

The Department strongly suggests students first take COMM 100 1 Communication Theory before taking COMM 300 1 Research Methods in Communication, or at least take both courses in the same semester.


4 units

Lower-level (Choose ONE)

Upper-level (Choose TWO COMM electives)

Upper-level (Choose ONE unit outside of department)


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