Department ofCommunication

Majors & Minors

Major in Communication:

Students are required to take a total of 14 Communication courses to complete the major. The courses must include:

  • 6 at the lower division level
  • 8 at the upper division level

Lower Division Requirements for Communication Majors:

  • COMM 1 - Interpersonal Communication Studies
  • COMM 2 - Media in a Global World
  • COMM 12 - Technology and Communication
  • COMM 20 - Public Speaking
  • COMM 30 - Intro to Digital Film Making
  • COMM 40/40EL - News Gathering and Writing

Students should take Comm 1 & 2, 30, and 40 by the end of their sophomore year.

Upper Division Requirements for Communication Majors:

1.) All majors must take:

  • COMM 110 - Quantitative Methods
  • COMM 111 - Qualitative Methods or COMM 111G- Feminist Methods
  • COMM 196 - Thesis or Capstone Course

2.) Additionally, students must complete five other upper division courses. At least 2 courses must come from List A, and at least 1 course must come from List B. Note: not all courses are offered every year, and most have prerequisites.

List A:

  • COMM 100A - The Science of Happiness
  • COMM 101A - Vocation & Gender: Seeking Meaning
  • COMM 102A - Persuasion
  • COMM 103A - Communication and Conflict
  • COMM 104A - Group Communication
  • COMM 105A - Multicultural Folktales and Storytelling
  • COMM 106G - Health Communication
  • COMM 107A - Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 108A - Communication & Gender
  • COMM 109A- Friendships & Romances
  • COMM 120A - Environmental Communication
  • COMM 121A - Diversity and Media
  • COMM 122A - Media and Advocacy
  • COMM 123A - Media and Youth
  • COMM 125A - Media Audience Studies
  • COMM 126A - Violence and Communication
  • COMM 136A - Genre, Auteur & Narrative Strategies
  • COMM 137A - American Film History/ Theory- Topics Vary
  • COMM 138A - Television History/ Theory- Topics Vary
  • COMM 139A - Global Cinema History/Theory- Topics Vary
  • COMM 147A - Theory of News
  • COMM 149A - Political News
  • COMM 151A - Organizational Communication
  • COMM 163A - Internet Communities and Communication
  • COMM 164A - Race, Gender & Public Health
  • COMM 168A - Race, Gender &  Politics in the News
  • COMM 169A - Special Topics in Communication Technology
  • COMM 170A - Communication Law
  • COMM 171A- The Business of Media
  • COMM 175A - Theology of Communication
  • COMM 176A - Biology of Human Communication
  • COMM 180A - Global Audiences
  • COMM 181A - Global Media Industries
  • COMM 182A - Global News Issues
  • COMM 183A - Communication Development/Social Change
  • COMM 184A - Postcolonial Identity & Communication
  • COMM 185A - New Media and Communication
  • COMM 187A - Cinema in the Age of Globalization
  • COMM 188A - The Fantastic in Film and Literature

List B:

  • COMM 101B - Interviewing
  • COMM 124B - Information Campaigns
  • COMM 130B - Global Screenwriting
  • COMM 131B - Short Fiction Production
  • COMM 132B - Short Documentary  Production
  • COMM 133B  - Expanded Cinema Production
  • COMM 134B - Master Shot/Studio Production
  • COMM 135B - Editing and Cinematography
  • COMM 141B - Advanced Journalism
  • COMM 142B - Online Journalism
  • COMM 143B - Special Topics in Journalism
  • COMM 144B - Television Journalism
  • COMM 146B - Magazine Journalism
  • COMM 148B - Multicultural Journalism
  • COMM 149B - Science News: How to report on Topics
  • COMM 150B - Organizational Communication
  • COMM 152B - Public Relations Strategies & Practices
  • COMM 161B - Communication Media and Technology in Education
  • COMM 162B- Visual Cultural Communication
  • COMM 165B - Edit & Design for Journalism
  • COMM 186B - Global Interpersonal Communication

 

Minor in Communication:

Students must choose either the journalism or digital filmmaking track. Communication majors may not enroll in one of these minors. Students may only complete one communication minor.

Students must fulfill the following requirements for a minor in communication: 

Journalism (two lower-division; five upper-division)

Two lower-division requirements:

  • COMM 40 and COMM 2 or COMM 30

Five (5) courses from the following lists, but no more than two (2) from List II.

List I:

  • COMM 132B
  • COMM 141B
  • COMM 142B
  • COMM 143B (may be repeated up to three times as topics vary)
  • COMM 145B
  • COMM 146B
  • COMM 170A
  • COMM 162B

List II:

  • COMM 147A
  • COMM 171A
  • COMM 121A
  • COMM 185A

One upper-division course from another department (such as political science, ethnic studies, or public health) may be accepted, with permission of the journalism minor director.

Digital Filmmaking (two lower-division; five upper-division)

Two lower-division requirements:

  • COMM 2 and COMM 30

Five (5) courses from the following lists, but no more than two (2) from List II.

List I—Production Courses:

  • COMM 130B
  • COMM 131B
  • COMM 132B
  • COMM 133B
  • COMM 134B
  • COMM 135B

List II—History/Theory Courses:

  • COMM 136A
  • COMM 137A
  • COMM 138A
  • COMM 139A
  • COMM 171A
  • COMM 187A
  • COMM 188A