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University Catalog 2011-2014 (PRINTED) 
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Communication, B.A.

The Communication major is available in four options: Communication for Social Change and Rhetoric, Performance Studies, Organizational Communication and Public Relations, Interpersonal/Language and Social Interaction.

All options provide an understanding of the nature and functions of human symbolic communication. The scope of the program includes historical, philosophical, critical, cultural, and scientific approaches and methods and applies these to public discourse; interpersonal, small group and intercultural interactions; technologically mediated communication; aesthetic dimensions of speech and performance; and instructional development.

The Bachelor’s Degree adds to the student’s critical, methodological and presentational skills in dealing with a broad spectrum of communication contexts. It provides a foundation for careers in business, law, government service, health, the ministry, teaching, public relations, media communication, and other professions in which an understanding of and facility with the process of communication are essential.

The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication is 180 units, of which 76-80 units are in the major depending on the option selected. Consult with an advisor for the specific number of units required in all areas of the degree including GE and free electives.

Requirements for the Major (76 units)

The Communication major requires a common core of 52 units: 8 lower division and 36 upper division units, plus 8 units of lower division electives. In addition, each option requires 24 units: 12 units of an upper division option core and an additional 12 units of upper division option electives to complete the degree.

Core Requirements for the Communication Major (52 units)

Communication for Social Change and Rhetoric; Performance Studies; Organizational Communication and Public Relations; and Interpersonal/Language and Social Interaction Options.

Options (24 units)

Select one of the following four options. Each requires 3 core and 3 elective courses. Up to 8 units from outside the department may be used to substitute for upper division option elective courses with adviser’s approval.

A. Option in Communication for Social Change and Rhetoric

Electives (12 units)

Select any three upper division COMM courses.

B. Option in Performance Studies

C. Option in Organizational Communication and Public Relations

Electives (12 units)

Select any three upper division COMM courses.

D. Option in Interpersonal Communication/Language and Social Interaction

Electives (12 units)

Select any three upper division COMM courses.