Requirements

B.A. IN COMMUNICATION

Requirements (77 units)
Total units required for graduation: 180

Requirements for the B.A. in Communication:

Core Courses (25 units)

  1. COMM 200. Introduction to Communication Studies (4)
  2. COMM 304. Intercultural Communication (4)
  3. COMM 306. Communication Perspectives (4)
  4. COMM 309. Computer Mediated Communication (4)
  5. COMM 400. Communication Research Methodologies (4)
  6. COMM 491. Ethical Aspects of Communication (4)
  7. COMM 499. Senior Project (1)

Communication Practica (8 units)

  1. Students must choose eight units from at least two of the following:
    • COMM 243A.     Communication Practicum: Journalism and Photojournalism (3)
    • COMM 243B.     Communication Practicum: Radio (3)
    • COMM 243D.     Communication Practicum: Public Relations (3)
    • COMM 382.       Intercollegiate Forensics (3)
    • COMM 399.      Community Service Project (1-2)
    • COMM 444A.     Advanced Communication Practicum: Television Production (3)
    • COMM 444B.     Advanced Communication Practicum: Research (3)
    • COMM 444C.     Advanced Communication Practicum: Research (2)
    • COMM 444D.     Advanced Communication Practicum: Mentoring (3)
    • COMM 591.       Internship/Externship in Communication (2-5)

Electives (16 units)

  1. Sixteen units in addition to those chosen in the concentration, of which 12 must be upper-division, selected in consultation with an advisor and, in the case of non-departmental electives, the approval of the chair. COMM 120 and 180 may not be applied toward the major.

Concentration (28 units)

A minimum of 28 units from one of the following concentrations below to be chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Human Communication Concentration

  1. Twenty-eight units chosen from:
    • COMM 221.       Small Group Communication (4)
    • COMM 225.       Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication (4)
    • COMM 311.       Business and Professional Communication (4)
    • COMM 312.       Persuasion (4)
    • COMM 330.       Nonverbal Communication (4)
    • COMM 331.       Communication for Training Programs (4)
    • COMM 341.       Public Relations Theory and Principles (4)
    • COMM 343.       Nonfiction Reporting and Writing (4)
    • COMM 344.       Public Relations Communication (4)
    • COMM 364.       Topics in Human Communication (4)
    • COMM 403.       Interpersonal Relations (4)
    • COMM 411.      Gender and Communication (4)
    • COMM 421.       Organizational Communication (4)
    • COMM 422.       Communication and Conflict (4)
    • COMM 431.       Classroom Communication (4)
    • COMM 441.       Interviewing (4)
    • COMM 442.       Public Relations Campaigns (4)
    • COMM 502.       Communication Law and Policy (4)
    • COMM 522.       Mediation Theory and Practice (4)
    • COMM 564.       Advanced Topics in Human Communication (4)
    • COMM 595.       Independent Study (2-5) for a maximum of (5)

Intercultural Communication Concentration

  1. Twenty-eight units chosen from:
    • COMM 302. Communication, Language and Culture (4)
    • COMM 366. Topics in Intercultural Communication (4)
    • COMM 401. Gender, Race and Media (4)
    • COMM 402. Ethnography of Communication (4)
    • COMM 422. Communication and Conflict (4)
    • COMM 471. International Communication (4)
    • COMM 522. Mediation Theory and Practice (4)
    • COMM 566. Advanced Topics in Intercultural Communication (4)
    • COMM 580. Culture and Ethnicity in Language (4)
    • COMM 581. Contemporary Theories of Rhetoric (4)
    • COMM 593. Communication Approaches to Area Studies (4)
    • COMM 595. Independent Study (2-5) for a maximum of (5)

Mass Communication Concentration

Core (12 units)

  1. COMM 240. Writing for Media (4)
  2. COMM 320. Media History and Institutions (4)
  3. COMM 321. Media and Culture (4)

Electives (16 units)

  1. Sixteen units chosen from:
    • COMM 245. Introduction to TV and Video Production (5)
    • COMM 311. Business and Professional Communication (4)
    • COMM 341. Public Relations Theory and Principles (4)
    • COMM 342. Publication Design and Makeup (4)
    • COMM 343. Nonfiction Reporting and Writing (4)
    • COMM 344. Public Relations Communication (4)
    • COMM 345. Advanced TV and Video Production (5)
    • COMM 346. TV and Video Field Production (5)
    • COMM 347. Fundamentals of Screenwriting (4)
    • COMM 352. Broadcast Management (4)
    • COMM 365. Topics in Mass Communication (4)
    • COMM 380. Visual Communication (4)
    • COMM 381. The Development of Motion Pictures (4)
    • COMM 387. Radio Production (4)
    • COMM 401. Gender, Race and Media (4)
    • COMM 405. Mass Media Effects (4)
    • COMM 415. Advertising as Social Communication (4)
    • COMM 442. Public Relations Campaigns (4)
    • COMM 450. Broadcast Research and Audience Analysis (4)
    • COMM 471. International Communication (4)
    • COMM 481. History and Development of Documentary (4)
    • COMM 502. Communication Law and Policy (4)
    • COMM 506. Media Sex and Violence (4)
    • COMM 565. Advanced Topics in Mass Communication (4)
    • COMM 595. Independent Study (2-5) for a maximum of (5)

Public Argumentation and Rhetoric Concentration

  1. Twenty-eight units chosen from:
    • COMM 204. Introduction to Critical Communication Studies (4)
    • COMM 302. Communication, Language and Culture (4)
    • COMM 305. Critical Approaches to Communication (4)
    • COMM 308. Argumentation (4)
    • COMM 312. Persuasion (4)
    • COMM 341. Public Relations Theory and Principles (4)
    • COMM 344. Public Relations Communication (4)
    • COMM 363. Topics in Public Argumentation and Rhetoric (4)
    • COMM 401. Gender, Race, and Media (4)
    • COMM 411. Gender and Communication (4)
    • COMM 442. Public Relations Campaigns (4)
    • COMM 502. Communication Law and Policy (4)
    • COMM 563. Advanced Topics in Public Argumentation and Rhetoric (4)
    • COMM 581. Contemporary Theories of Rhetoric (4)
    • COMM 595. Independent Study (2-5) for a maximum of (5)

Public Relations Concentration

  1. COMM 240. Writing for Media (4)
  2. COMM 341. Public Relations Theory and Principles (4)
  3. COMM 344. Public Relations Communication (4)
  4. COMM 442. Public Relations Campaigns (4)
  5. COMM 542. Issue Management and Crisis Communication (4)
  6. Eight units chosen from:
    • COMM 243D. Communication Practicum: Public Relations (3)
    • COMM 311. Business and Professional Communication (4)
    • COMM 312. Persuasion (4)
    • COMM 342. Publication Design and Makeup (4)
    • COMM 380. Visual Communication (4)
    • COMM 367. Topics in Public Relations (4)
    • COMM 415. Advertising as Social Communication (4)
    • COMM 421. Organizational Communication (4)
    • COMM 450. Broadcast Research and Audience Analysis (4)
    • COMM 502. Communication Law and Policy (4)
    • COMM 520. Integrated Marketing Communication (4)
    • COMM 567. Advanced Topics in Public Relations (4)
    • COMM 591. Internship/Externship in Communication (2-5) for a maximum of (5)
    • PA 307. Public Relations in the Public Sector (4)

Individualized Concentration

Students may propose a unique, individualized 28-unit concentration if the proposed concentration has curricular integrity and if it fulfills objectives that cannot be met through one of the concentrations listed above. Proposals, which require departmental approval, must be submitted no later than the student's junior year. Only 12 units of course work completed prior to such approval can be applied toward an individualized concentration. Consult the department chair for exceptions that may apply to students at the Palm Desert campus.

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