Communications Degree Requirements


Major in Communications (36 cr)

There are 16 credits, 12 credits in the three options, and 8 credits of electives totaling 36 credits.
I. Prerequisites to Major [4]
COMM 101 Intro to Communications & Public Speaking [4]
II. Required Major Emphasis Courses [16]
COMM 320 Rhetorical & Comm. Theories [4]
COMM 330 Methods of Inquiry & Research [4]
COMM 350 Persuasive Messages & Campaigns [4]
COMM 480 Capstone (Senior Thesis/Project) [4]
III. Choose one of four tracks
Track A: Communications Generalist [12]
Students may opt for a generalist approach in which they design their
own program of study through the self selection of up to three courses
at the 300 level [12 credits].
Track B: Rhetoric [12]
Take all three courses
COMM 310 Multimedia Message Analysis [4]
COMM 420 Rhetorical Criticism/Hermeneutics [4]
COMM 425 Rhetoric of Public Discourse [4]
and at least 2 COMM electives [8 units]
Track C: Public Relations & Marketing [12]
Take all three courses
COMM 300 Media Writing & Analysis [4]
COMM 360 Advertising & Marketing Principles [4]
COMM 400 Public Relations [4]
and at least 2 COMM Electives [8]
Track D: Digital Design Option [12]
Take all three courses
COMM 310 Multimedia Message Analysis [4]
COMM 370 Multimedia Message Design [4]
COMM 410 Multimedia Message Production [4]
and at least 2 COMM Electives [8]
IV. Choose at least two upper division elective units: [8]
COMM 380 Advanced Presentations [4]
COMM 390 Freedom of Speech & Press [4]
COMM 399 Supervised Research/Ind.Study [4]
COMM 420 Rhetorical Criticism/Hermeneutics [4]
COMM 430 Communication Consulting/Training [4]
COMM 440 Health Communication [4]
COMM 450 Communication in the Classroom [4]
COMM 460 Intercultural Communication [4]
COMM 470 Special Topics Seminar [4]
COMM 490 Internships/Field Experience [1 – 4]
COMM 499 Supervised Research/Ind. Study [1 – 4]
Total Required Credits [40]

Minor in Communications (20 cr)

I. Complete the 4 credit prerequisite to the Minor
COMM 101
II. Complete two courses
COMM Emphasis:
COMM 320, COMM 330, or COMM 350
III. Complete two courses
Upper-division (300 & above) four credit COMM courses