2021-2022 Catalog 
    
    Dec 06, 2021  
2021-2022 Catalog

Communication Major


All students majoring in Communication are required to complete 10 credit units total (5 required CUs and 5 elective CUs). 

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

Core Courses


5 units

The Department strongly suggests that students take Communication Theory OR Mass Media History before Research Methods in Communication, or at least take one of these courses in the same semester as Research Methods.

Electives


5 units

Mass Media & Production (Choose 1)


  • COMM 200 1  Media Effects and Society
  • COMM 200 4  Media Literacy and Analysis
  • COMM 200 3  Digital Media 
  • COMM 250  Radio and Podcast Production
  • COMM 300 5   Video Production 
  • COMM 355  Editing and Design
  • COMM 300 4  Special Topics in Communication (depending on topic)
    • COMM 300.4 can be taken to fulfill either the “Mass Media & Production” requirement or the “Applied Communication” requirement, but not both. 

Applied Communication (Choose 1)


  • COMM 300 2  Intercultural Comm
  • COMM 300 3   Conflict Resolution
  • COMM 300 6   Persuasive Communication
  • COMM 300 10  Health Communication
  • COMM 300 15  Strategic Communication and Message Design
  • COMM 300 4   Special Topics in Communication (depending on topic)
    • COMM 300.4 can be taken to fulfill either the Mass Communication & Media Production” requirement or the “Applied Communication” requirement, but not both.

Open Choice Electives (Choose 3)


  • Any COMM course above not already taken to fulfill another requirement
  • COMM 110  Fundamentals of Journalism
  • COMM 341  Journalism and the American Landscape
  • COMM 350  Data Journalism and Media Ethics
  • COMM 355  Editing and Design
  • COMM 382  Special Topics in Journalism
  • COMM 385  Feature Article Writing
  • ART 355  Photography I
  • ART 357  Graphic Design I
  • BUS 307 A  Advertising (0.5)
  • BUS 307 B  Public Relations (0.5)
  • BUS 307 D  Digital Marketing (0.5)
  • DATA 100 1   Introduction to Data Analytics
  • DATA 300 2   Social, Ethical, and Cultural Impact of Big Data
  • DATA 300 2  Data Visualization and Presentation
  • ENG 254  Introduction to Film
  • ENG 265  Literary and Cultural Criticism
  • ENG 300 9   Magazine Writing
  • PG 261  American Politics and the Mass Media
  • WGS 325  Women and Media: Gender, Race, Class

 

Writing Requirement


At least one of the COMM courses taken to fulfill the major requirements must be a Writing (or R) course (COMM prefix required).