Skip to Local Navigation
Skip to Content
California State University, Long Beach
CSULB Catalog Banner
Print this page Add this page to your favorites Select a font size Select a small font Select a medium font Select a large font
 
CSULB Catalog Banner
Search the 2010-2011 Catalog
   

Communication Studies

College of Liberal Arts

CSULB students walk on campus

Communication Studies - Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies (code COMMBA01) (120 units)

Admission Under Impaction

To be eligible for admission to the major in Communication Studies, applicants must demonstrate the following prior to the semester for which the application is submitted: Applicants must have met requirements for admission to the university as a freshman or transfer student and have completed the following courses (or equivalents) with a grade of “C” or better: General Education English and General Education Communication Studies. Eligible applicants will be selected for admission on a space-available basis based on cumulative grade point average.

Requirements

This requires 48 units of which 36 are upper division. All Communication Studies majors, regardless of option chosen, are required to complete the following core:

1. Lower Division Core (12 units):

  • Take all the following:
    • COMM 110 Interpersonal Communication (3)
    • COMM 131 Essentials of Argumentation (3)
    • *COMM 200 Gateway to Communication Studies (3)
  • Take one of the following:
    • COMM 130 Essentials of Public Speaking (3)
    • COMM 171 Voice and Applied Speaking (3)

*Students must take COMM 200 in their first year of declaring the major

2. Upper Division Core (18 units):

  • Take all the following courses:
    • COMM 300 Survey of Rhetorical Theory (3)
    • COMM 301 Communication Criticism (3)
    • COMM 306 Communication Theory (3)
    • COMM 307 Measurement in Communication Research (3)
    • COMM 309 Language and Behavior (3)
    • COMM 330 Intercultural Communication (3)

3. Elective Courses: An additional 18 units of course work (of which at least 9 units must be in 400-level courses, and no more than 3 units at the 100 or 200 level) are required for the major.

18 units drawn from: COMM 132, 220, 331, 333, 334, 335, 337, 338, 344, 352, 355, 358, 400, 410, 411, 412, 414, 415, 420, 421,422, 430, 432, 433, 434, 436, 437, 439, 441I, 442I, 444, 449, 450, 452, 490.

Taking COMM 132 and 220 as electives will count toward graduation, but will not reduce the upper division requirements for the major.

Only courses in which a "C" or better have been earned may be applied to satisfy upper division requirements in the major. Classes taken in which less than adequate grades are received must be repeated until an adequate grade is achieved. Majors will not be permitted to take any upper division class in the major on a credit/non-credit basis.

Option in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication (code COMMBA03) (120 units)

Requirements

This option requires 48 units of which 36 are upper division. All Communication Studies majors, regardless of option chosen, are required to complete the following core.

1. Lower Division Core (12 units):

  • Take all the following:
    • COMM 110 Interpersonal Communication (3)
    • COMM 131 Argumentation (3)
    • *COMM 200 Gateway to Communication Studies (3)
  • Take one of the following:
    • COMM 130 Essentials of Public Speaking (3)
    • COMM 171 Voice and Applied Speaking (3)

*Students must take COMM 200 in their first year of declaring the major

2. Upper Division Core (18 units):

  • Take all the following courses:
    • COMM 300 Survey of Rhetorical Theory (3)
    • COMM 301 Communication Criticism (3)
    • COMM 306 Communication Theory (3)
    • COMM 307 Measurement in Communication Research (3)
    • COMM 309 Language and Behavior (3)
    • COMM 330 Intercultural Communication (3)

3. Elective Courses: An additional 18 units of course work (of which at least 9 units must be in 400-level courses, and no more than 3 units at the 100 or 200 level) are required for the major.

18 units drawn from: COMM 132, 220, 334, 335, 337, 344, 355, 400, 410, 411, 412, 414, 420, 421, 432, 444, 449, 450, 452, 490 (consult with a communication studies advisor for which 490 course are appropriate for this degree option)

Taking COMM 132 and 220 as electives will count toward graduation, but will not reduce the upper division requirements for the major.

Only courses in which a "C" or better have been earned may be applied to satisfy upper division requirements in the major. Classes taken in which less than adequate grades are received must be repeated until an adequate grade is achieved. Majors will not be permitted to take any upper division class in the major on a credit/non-credit basis.

Option in Communication, Culture, and Public Affairs (code COMMBA02) (120 units)

Requirements

This option requires 48 units of which 36 are upper division. All Communication Studies majors, regardless of option chosen, are required to complete the following core.

1. Lower Division Core (12 units):

  • Take all the following:
    • COMM 110 Interpersonal Communication (3)
    • COMM 131 Argumentation (3)
    • *COMM 200 Gateway to Communication Studies (3)
  • Take one of the following:
    • COMM 130 Essentials of Public Speaking (3)
    • COMM 171 Voice and Applied Speaking (3)

*Students must take COMM 200 in their first year of declaring the major

2. Upper Division Core (18 units):

  • Take all the following courses:
    • COMM 300 Survey of Rhetorical Theory (3)
    • COMM 301 Communication Criticism (3)
    • COMM 306 Communication Theory (3)
    • COMM 307 Measurement in Communication Research (3)
    • COMM 309 Language and Behavior (3)
    • COMM 330 Intercultural Communication (3)

3. Electives (18 units, 9 units must be 400-level) selected from the following:

COMM 331, 333, 335, 336, 338, 352, 412, 415, 422, 430, 433, 434, 436, 437, 439, 441I, 442I, 449, 490 (consult with a communication studies advisor for which 490 course are appropriate for this degree option).

Taking COMM 236 as an elective will count toward graduation, but will not reduce the upper division requirement for the major.

Only courses in which a "C" or better have been earned may be applied to satisfy upper division requirements in the major. Classes taken in which less than adequate grades are received must be repeated until an adequate grade is achieved. Majors will not be permitted to take any upper division class in the major on a credit/non-credit basis.

Minor in Speech Communication (code COMMUM01)

The Minor in Speech Communication is available to any non-Communication Studies major. A minimum of 21 units in Communication Studies is required, of which at least 15 must be upper division, chosen in consultation with the Department Undergraduate Advisor.