Minor in Speech Communication

Communication Studies B.A. Requirements

  1. Complete University General Education requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree. (51 units)
  2. Complete the following prerequisites to the major: (6 units)
    1. Complete G. E. Area A1 by taking: COMM 2000 - Public Speaking, 3 units, or COMM 2110 - Group Discussion Processes, 3 units
    2. Complete G. E. Area D2a by taking:
      COMM 2011 - Introduction to Communication Studies, 3 units, or
      COMM 2200 - Introduction to Mass Media, 3 units
  3. The following are department recommendations for completing lower-division G.E. requirements:
    1. Complete Area E by taking:
      CS 2000 - Effective Computing, 3 units, or
      CIS 2000 - Introduction to Computer Information Systems, 3 units
    2. Complete G. E. Area B3 by taking:
      MATH 1600 - Statistics, 4 units, or
      MATH 1610 - Statistics for Decision Making, 3 units c. Complete Area A3 by taking:
      COMM 2300 - Argumentation and Critical Thinking, 3 units
    3. For those choosing the Organizational Communication/ Public Relations option the following is strongly recommended. JOUR 2150 - Writing for the Media, 3 units
  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 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)
  1. 1. Complete the following required core courses: (19 units)
    COMM 3100 - Advanced Interpersonal Communication, 3 units
    COMM 3110 - Organizational Communication, 3 units
    COMM 3140 - Persuasive Messages, 3 units
    COMM 3200 - Communication Theory (WP), 3 units
    COMM 3900 - Communication Research Methods, 4 units
    COMM 4160 - Intercultural Communication, 3 units
  2. Complete the requirements for either the option in Organizational Communication/Public Relations or the option in Speech Communication.
    Organizational Communication/Public Relations Option (15 units)
  1. Complete the following three courses: (9 units)
    COMM 4170 - Professional Interviewing, 3 units
    COMM 4210 - Public Relations, 3 units
    COMM 4220 - Technology and Communication, 3 units
  2. Select two from the following courses: (6 units)
    COMM 4110 - Organizational Communication
    Diagnosis and Design,3 units
    COMM 4115 - Communication for Leadership, 3 units
    COMM 4120 - Public Relations Campaigns, 3 units
    COMM 4150 - Nonverbal Communication, 3 units
    COMM 4165 - Communication in Global Organizations, 3 units COMM 4190 - Conflict and Communication, 3 units
    COMM 4200 - Mass Media Theory and Research, 3 units
    Speech Communication Option (15 units)
  1. Select two of the following courses: (6 units)
    COMM 3150 - Professional Speaking, 3 units
    COMM 4050 - Relational Communication, 3 units
    COMM 4140 - Rhetorical Theory, 3 units
  2. Select one of the following courses: (3 units)
    COMM 4100 - Group Communication, 3 units
    JOUR 3030 - Freedom of Speech and Press: Contemporary Issues, 3 units
    JOUR 3040 - History of Journalism, 3 units
  3. Select two of the following courses: (6 units)
    COMM 4020 - Communication in the Classroom, 3 units
    COMM 4030 - Communication Research Analysis, 3 units
    COMM 4040 - Gender Communication, 3 units
    COMM 4060 - Family Communication, 3 units
    COMM 4130 - Communication and Aging, 3 units
    COMM 4180 - Health Communication, 3 units

Notes: Students can elect to complete a senior thesis, project, or portfolio in any of these courses. 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.