Communication Studies Major

Students must also complete the Undergraduate Registration Requirement and the degree requirements of their home school.

Program Requirements (12 units)

All courses for SoC majors, minors, fields of concentration and distribution requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or higher and may not be taken P/N.

  • Course Title
    COMM_ST 102-0Public Speaking
  • 3 courses, to be completed before the end of the sophomore year because the material covered is prerequisite to more advanced courses:
    Course Title
    COMM_ST 205-0Theories of Persuasion
    One of:
    Principles of Rhetorical Criticism
    Communication and Culture
    Persuasive Images: Rhetoric of Popular Culture
    One of:
    Communication & Technology
    Intro to Health Communication
    Theories of Mediated Communication
  • Course Title
    COMM_ST 294-0First-Year Seminar (the lower-division writing requirement; must be taken in fall quarter of the first year; may be substituted for transfer students)
  • Course Title
    COMM_ST 394-0Communication Studies Research Seminar (the upper-division writing requirement; must be taken during the junior year)
  • 6 additional communication studies courses including:
    • 1 200- or 300-level COMM ST course (or 2 courses for transfer students who did not take 294)
    • 5 300-level COMM ST courses
Course Title
No more than 1 of the following courses may be included in these 6 courses for the major (additional courses can be applied as electives)
COMM_ST 290-0Forensics
CMN 340-0Internship
COMM_ST 389-0Practicum in Communication Research
COMM_ST 397-0Honors Seminar
COMM_ST 399-0Independent Study

Additional Requirements (30 units)

Concentration Outside the School of Communication (6 units)

A field of concentration outside the School of Communication (normally one of the disciplines of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences), consisting of at least 6 units of credit; of these 6, at least 3 must be 300- or 400-level courses (courses taken to satisfy the School of Communication distribution requirement may be applied to the field of concentration if they fall within the discipline in which the student chooses to concentrate; a non–School of Communication minor, dual major, or adjunct major satisfies this requirement)

Language Requirement

Proficiency in a classical or modern foreign language equivalent to the work covered in a second-year college-level course (proficiency is established in precisely the same manner as in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; see foreign language requirements).

Distribution Requirements (18 units)

18 units of credit outside the department, including 3 units of credit from each of the three School of Communication distribution areas: science, mathematics, and technology; individual and social behavior; and humanities and fine arts.


Electives in communication and other areas to complete a minimum of 42 units of credit.

Honors in Communication Studies Major

The Undergraduate Honors Program in Communication Studies offers an opportunity for highly motivated Communication Studies majors to conduct original scholarly research. Each student works closely with faculty to produce an original research project in an interest area determined by the student. Seniors who successfully complete the program will be eligible to graduate with departmental honors. Also see Honors and Prizes in Graduation Honors.