Communication Studies Major Requirements

Distribution Requirements

  • 18 courses outside the department, including 3 courses from each of the three School of Communication distribution areas: math/science/technology; individual and social behavior; and humanities and fine arts.

A non-SoC major or minor, the IMC Certificate or any certificate composed of six courses or more in the same subject will also fulfill the field of concentration.

Grade Requirements

  • All distribution and major courses must be completed with a grade of C- or higher, and may not be taken P/N.
  • Students who do not pass Comm St 294 with a C- or higher will be required to take English 105 (or an equivalent writing course) to fulfill the lower division writing requirement and an additional 200-level Communication Studies course to substitute for 294. 

Major Requirements 

The Communication Studies Major requires 12 courses in the School of Communication:

  • COMM ST 102 Public Speaking
  • During the fall quarter of the first year, students must take the lower-division writing requirement: COMM ST 294 First-Year Seminar (students who transfer into the program take one writing course or WCAS first year seminar plus one additional 200-level Communication Studies course instead of Comm ST 294). Any student who fails COMM ST 294 will be required to take English 105 and one additional 200 level course in the major to meet the 294 requirement.
  • COMM ST 205; one of 227, 246, or 270; and one of 215, 225, or 275; students should complete these courses before the end of the sophomore year because the material covered is prerequisite to more advanced courses.
  • During the junior year, students must take the upper-division writing requirement COMM ST 394 Undergraduate Research Seminar
  • 6 additional Communication Studies courses (1 at the 200 or 300- level and 5 at the 300-level). No more than 1 of the following may be applied to the major: 290 Forensics, CMN 340 Internship, 389 Practicum in Communication Research, 397 Senior Honors Thesis, and 399 Independent Study.

Additional Requirements

  • A field of concentration in one area outside of the School of Communication (normally one of the disciplines of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences), consisting of at least 6 courses; of these 6, at least 3 must be 300- or 400-level courses.  Courses taken to satisfy the distribution requirement may be applied to the field of concentration if they fall within the discipline in which you choose to concentrate. A non-SoC minor, dual, or adjunct major also satisfies this requirement.
  • In addition to the 1 credit of 389 Practicum permitted to count for the major, 1 additional credit of 389 may count as an elective towards the 42 units for the degree.
  • Language Requirement: Proficiency in a classical or modern foreign language equivalent to work covered in second-year college-level courses (proficiency is established in the same way as in WCAS. See the section on the language requirement in this guide.)
  • Electives in communication and other areas to complete a minimum of 42 units of credit.