Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Requirements (77 units)

Total units required for graduation: 180

Requirements for the B.A. in Communication

Core Courses (21)
COMM 200Introduction to Communication Studies4
COMM 304Intercultural Communication4
COMM 306Communication Theory4
COMM 400Communication Research Methodology4
COMM 491Ethical Aspects of Communication4
COMM 499Senior Project1
Note: Students transferring from a California community college who received credit for an intercultural communication course may substitute COMM 302, COMM 401, COMM 471, or COMM 580 for COMM 304 with consent of Department Chair.
Communication Practica (8)
Students must choose eight units from at least two of the following:8
Communication Practicum: Print and Online Journalism
Communication Practicum: Radio
Communication Practicum: Video Production for Journalism
Communication Practicum: Public Relations
Communication Practicum: Human and Organizational Communication
Intercollegiate Forensics
Community Service Project
Community Service Project
Advanced Communication Practicum: Television
Advanced Communication Practicum: Research
Advanced Communication Practicum: Research
Advanced Communication Practicum: Mentoring
COMM 591B-E
Internship in Communication
Electives (20)
Twenty 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 COMM 180 may not be applied toward the major.20
Concentration (28)
See concentration.
A minimum of 28 units from one of the following concentrations below to be chosen in consultation with an advisor.28
Total Units77

Note: Students transferring from a California community college who received credit for an intercultural communication course may substitute COMM 302, COMM 401, COMM 471, or COMM 580 for COMM 304 with consent of department chair.

Human  and Organizational Communication Concentration (Program Code: CHOC)

Core (8)
Eight units chosen from:8
Rhetorical Theory
Interpersonal Relations
Organizational Communication
Electives (20)
Note: COMM 307, COMM 403, or COMM 421 may only be taken as electives if they have not been taken to satisfy this concentration's core eight unit requirement.
Twenty units chosen from:20
Introduction to Critical Communication Studies
Small Group Communication
Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication
Communication, Language and Culture
Critical Approaches to Communication
Rhetorical Theory
Argumentation
Business and Professional Communication
Persuasion
Nonverbal Communication
Communication for Training Programs
Topics in Human and Organizational Communication
Ethnography of Communication
Interpersonal Relations
Gender and Communication
Organizational Communication
Communication and Conflict
Classroom Communication
Interviewing
International Communication
Communication Law and Policy
Feminist Contributions to Communication Theories
Mediation Theory and Practice
Environmental Communication
Health Communication
Advanced Topics in Human and Organizational Communication
Culture and Ethnicity in Language
Contemporary Theories of Rhetoric
COMM 593A-D
Communication Approaches to Area Studies:
Independent Study
Total Units28

Note: Students transferring from a California community college with an acceptable AAT degree in Communication Studies will receive up to 15 units of transfer credit for the Human and Organizational Communication concentration, in the following categories:

Communication Practica - 3 credits
Communication Electives - 4 credits
Concentration Electives - 8 credits

Media Studies Concentration (Program Code: CMMS)

Core (12)
COMM 240Writing for Media4
COMM 320Media History and Institutions4
COMM 321Media and Culture4
Electives (16)
Sixteen units chosen from:16
Introduction to TV and Video Production
Digital Media and Communication
Business and Professional Communication
Introduction to Digital Video Editing
Publication Design and Makeup
Nonfiction Reporting and Writing
Advanced TV and Video Production
TV and Video Field Production
Fundamentals of Screenwriting
Television News Writing and Reporting
Online Reporting and Writing
Online Journalism Production
Entertainment Media Management
Topics in Media Studies
Contemporary Cinema and Society
Visual Communication
The Development of Motion Pictures
Digital Audio/Radio Production
Gender, Race and Media
Media Effects
Latina/os, Media and Culture
Asian Media and Culture
Advertising as Social Communication
Film Analysis
Film and New Media
Documentary Production
Fiction Production
Media Audiences
International Communication
History and Development of Documentary
Communication Law and Policy
Media Sex and Violence
Muslim Women in Media and Society
Advanced Topics in Media Studies
COMM 595B-E
Independent Study (for a maximum of 5 units)
Total Units28

Public Relations Concentration (Program Code: CPBR)

Core Requirements (20)
COMM 240Writing for Media4
COMM 341Public Relations Theory and Principles4
COMM 344Public Relations Communication4
COMM 442Public Relations Campaigns4
COMM 542Issue Management and Crisis Communication4
Electives (8)
Eight units chosen from:8
Communication Practicum: Public Relations
Digital Media and Communication
Business and Professional Communication
Persuasion
Publication Design and Makeup
Topics in Public Relations
Visual Communication
Advertising as Social Communication
Organizational Communication
Media Audiences
Communication Law and Policy
Advanced Marketing Communication
Advanced Topics in Public Relations
COMM 591B-E
Internship in Communication (for a maximum of 5 units)
Public Relations in the Public Sector
Total Units28

Individualized Concentration (Program Code: CMIP)

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.