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2010-2011 Academic Catalog 
2010-2011 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Communication Studies B.A.

View information for the Department of Communication Studies , including Learning Objectives for the department and its programs.


1. Complete University General Education requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

(51 units)

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2. Complete the following prerequisites to the major:

(6 units)

3. The following are department recommendations for completing lower-division G.E. requirements:

d. For those choosing the Organizational Communication/Public Relations option the following is strongly recommended.

4. Complete the major of not less than 34 upper-division units, as approved by the major adviser.

Majors must take all courses counted toward the major for a letter grade if the letter grade option is available.

5. Students must achieve a C- grade or better in all prerequisites to the major.

6. Students must achieve a C- grade or better in all courses that count toward fulfilling the requirements for the major.

7. Students must achieve an overall average of 2.0 GPA or better in the major.

8. Students must complete a senior thesis, or project, or portfolio in a designated course (COMM 4900) in the option.

9. Completion of a minor is not required.

However, the University rule for units in the minor is: half the units in the minor, plus one, must be used solely for the minor. This means that half the units, minus one unit, can count somewhere else in either General Education or in the major. Therefore, upper-division General Education courses may be counted as units in a minor.

The Major

(34 units)

2. Complete the requirements for either the option in Organizational Communication/Public Relations or the option in Speech Communication.


No substitutions will be accepted for the core courses. In the other areas, faculty advisers may make up to two substitutions. These substitutions can come from the other courses in the Speech Communication option or the Organizational Communication/Public Relations option.