BA in Communication Studies (General Communication)

Units Required: 39

Minimum total units required for the BA: 120

Program Description

This concentration is designed to:

  • improve student awareness, understanding, and practice of communication in professional and social interactions;
  • enhance the traditional citizenship role in the democratic process; and
  • train students in communication skills in preparation for professions within the public or private sectors of the economy

Pre-Major Requirements

Prior to acceptance as a Communication Studies major, students must complete a pre-major consisting of all required lower division courses plus the upper division survey course (COMS 100A). Students must successfully complete each pre-major course with a grade of "C-" or better. Students with a Sacramento State grade point average of 2.3 or better may request early admission to the major.

General Requirements

  • All Communication Studies majors except those in Mass Communication and Digital Media are required to complete at least one three-unit public speaking course such as COMS 4, COMS 104, or transfer equivalent. Public speaking courses taken to fulfill the GE oral communication requirement also fulfill this Department requirement.
  • Majors must complete each core course and each option core course with a grade of "C-" or better.
  • Not more than 6 units of debate, internship and/or individual study (see the following) can be applied to the major requirements.
COMS 110Advanced Debate Workshop1
COMS 111Debate Research Practicum3
COMS 194Communication Studies - Related Work Experience3 - 6
COMS 195Internship in Communication Studies1 - 6
COMS 199Special Problems1 - 3
  • Majors are urged to take COMS 2, Argumentation (or transfer equivalent) to fulfill their critical thinking requirement.
  • Communication Studies courses may only be repeated once for a grade change. Students who fail to achieve at least a "C-" in two attempts in a core course will be disqualified in majoring in Communication Studies.
  • One project or paper from each capstone course will be reviewed by selected faculty for the purpose of departmental assessment.

Program Requirements

Required Lower Division Core Courses (9 Units)
COMS 2Argumentation3
COMS 8Interpersonal Communication Skills3
COMS/JOUR 55Media Communication and Society3
Required Upper Division Core Courses (9 Units)
COMS 100ASurvey of Communication Studies3
COMS 100BCritical Analysis of Messages 3
COMS 100CIntroduction to Scientific Methods in Communication Research3
Research Methods (3 Units)
Select one of the following:3
Visual Communication
Communication and Religion
Approaches to Rhetorical Criticism
Data Analysis in Communication Research
Survey Methods in Communication Research
Content Analysis
Theory and Seminar Pair (6 Units)
Select one of the following pairs:6
Intercultural Communication
Intercultural Communication
Senior Seminar in Intercultural Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Theories of Interpersonal Communication
Senior Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
Mass Communication
Mass Communication Theories and Effects
Senior Seminar in Media Issues and Ethics
New Media
Mass Communication Theories and Effects
New Media and Society
Organizational Communication
Organizational Communication
Senior Seminar in Organizational Communication
Rhetoric and Social Influence
Systems and Theories of Rhetoric
Television Criticism
Small Group Communication
Communication in Small Groups
Senior Seminar in Small Group Communication
Upper Division Electives (12 Units)
Select four approved courses 112
Total Units39

Select any four COMS and/or Jour upper division courses numbered 100 or above in consultation with your major advisor.