Programs Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication
  • Minor in Communication

The BA in Communication is based on a thorough examination of how we use language in a variety of specific social contexts. By critically considering how meaning is negotiated in health, environmental and business/nonprofit settings, students will appreciate the complexity of coordinating our actions.

By working in diverse small and large groups, making presentations, and using a variety of channels – from face-to-face to telephone, email to internet, students who complete the program will be prepared to take responsibility for their interactions within their communities and the workplace of their choosing.

Careers

Major career opportunities include environmental advocacy, nonprofit and business management, and health services. Additional employment avenues include: mediation, counseling, public affairs, government, entrepreneurship, sales, community relations, employee relations, teaching (education), consulting, event planning, media entertainment, law, international relations, social and human services, advertising, journalism, marketing, public relations. Students may also pursue graduate studies.

Program Learning Outcomes

After having completed the requirements for the degree, students will be able to:

  • interact with others in one-on-one and small/large group settings, and with audiences of diverse memberships;
  • collaborate effectively with others;
  • analyze messages critically for content, purpose, organization, argument, style and meaning;
  • analyze conflicts and work through resolutions;
  • differentiate ethical dimensions of health, environmental or organizational messages and estimate their impact upon a given community; and choose an optimal means to communicate depending upon the audience, situation and by understanding the relevance, limitations and effectiveness of different communication technologies.

Faculty

Trudy Milburn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication
Sage Hall, Room 2023
805 437 3128
trudy.milburn@csuci.edu

Requirements For The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication
(120 units )

Courses (43 Units)

Lower Division Requirements (12 units)

COMM 101 Public Speaking (3)
COMM 200 Introduction to Communication Studies (3)
COMM 210 Interpersonal Communication (3)
COMM 220 Group Communication (3)

Upper Division Requirements (31 units)

Required Courses (13 units )

COMM 310 Communication Research Methods (3)
(Note: may substitute with permission ENGL 310 or SOC 310)
COMM 320 Persuasion & Argumentation (3)
COMM 321 Cultural Conversations (3)
ART 331 Art, Society & Mass Media (3)
COMM 499 Capstone Project (1)

Major Elect ives (6 units )

(Students will choose two)
COMM 335 Politics & Film (3)
COMM 336 Multicultural Literature and Communication (3)
COMM 345 Media Literacy & Youth Culture (3)
COMM 430 Political Communication (3)
COMM 492 Internship/Service Learning (1-3)
COMP 449 Human-Computer Interaction (3)

Emphasis Requirements (12 units)

(Choose one emphasis below)
Environmental Communication Emphasis COMM/ESRM 440 Environmental Communication (3)

Plus three interdisciplinary electives (9 units)

ANTH/ESRM 332 Human Ecology (3) D, Interdisciplinary
BIOL 433 Ecology and the Environment (4)
(Prereq. BIOL 200) (B2, Interdisciplinary)
CHEM 301 Environmental Chemistry (3)
(Prereq. CHEM 122)
ENGL 337 Literature of the Environment (3) C2, D. Interdisciplinary
ESRM 313 Conservation Biology (4)
(Prereq. BIOL 200)
ESRM 329 Environmental Law and Policy (3)
(Prereq. ESRM 100)
ESRM 462 Coastal & Marine Management (3)
(Prereqs. include: BIOL 433, ECON 362, ESRM 329)
ESRM 463 Water Resources Management (3)
(Prereqs. include: BIOL 433, ECON 362, ESRM 329)
ESRM 464 Land Use Planning & Agricultural Management (3)
(Prereqs. include: BIOL 433, ECON 362,ESRM 329)
ESRM 482 Issues in Environmental Planning & Resource Management (3)
(Prereqs. include: BIOL 433, ECON 362, ESRM 329)
ESRM 483 Issues in Global Resource Management (3)
GEOL 121 Physical Geology (4) or
GEOL 122 Historical Geology (3)
GEOL 321 Environmental Geology (4)

Health Communication Emphasis

COMM/NRS 441 Health Communication (3)

Plus three interdisciplinary electives (9 units)

ANTH 103 Human Beginnings, Biological and Cultural Evolution (3)
ANTH 443 Medical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Perspectives on Health & Healing (3)
(GenEd: D, Interdisciplinary)
BIOL 331 Biotechnology & 21st Century (3)
(B2, D, Interdisciplinary)
BIOL 332 Cancer and Society (3)
(B2, D, Interdisciplinary)
BIOL 333 Emerging Public Health Issues (3)
(B2, E, Interdisciplinary)
BIOL 432 Principles of Epidemiology & Environmental Health (3)
(B2, D. Interdisciplinary) (Prereq. BIOL 201 and CHEM 122)
HLTH 322 Health Issues and Education (2)
MGT 426 Management of Healthcare Organizations (3)
(Prereq. MGT 307)

Business & Nonprofit Communication Emphasis

COMM 442 Organizational Communication (3)

Plus three interdisciplinary electives (9 units)

ECON 329 Managerial Economics (3)
(Prereq. ECON 110, 111 & MATH 140 or 150)
ECON 340 Business & Economics in American Literature (3) (C2, D, Interdisciplinary)
ECON 370 World Economy (3)
(Prereq. ECON 110 or ECON 300)
ECON 471 International Trade (3)
(Prereq. ECON 310 or ECON 329)
ENGL 483 Technical Visual Communication (3)
MGT 307 Management of Organizations (3)
MGT 310 Management of International Business (3)
MGT 325 Entrepreneurial Management (3)
MGT 326 Scientific & Professional Ethics (3)
MGT 421 Human Resource Management (3)
(Prereq. MGT 307)
MKT 310 Principles of Marketing (3)
MKT 410 International Marketing Management (3)
(Prereq. MKT 310)
POLS 320 Public Administration (3)
PSY 432 Seminar in Leadership (3) (D, E, Interdisciplinary)

Total Units Required For Graduation

Units in the MajorUnits
Lower Division12
Upper Division31
General Education45
Title V: American Institutions Requirement6
Electives26
Total120

Requirements For The Minor In Communication (18 units )

The minor in Communication affords non-majors the opportunity to learn the fundamental skills necessary to interact with diverse others in a wide variety of contexts. Students will survey the field of communication studies and learn the basic skills to interact one-on-one and in small and large groups.

Lower Division Requirements (9 units)
(including pre-/co-requisites)

COMM 101 Public Speaking (3)
COMM 200 Introduction to Communication Studies (3)
COMM 210 Interpersonal Communication (3)
or
COMM 220 Group Communication (3)

Upper Division Requirements (9 units)
(including pre-/co-requisites)

Select three courses from the following:

COMM 320 Persuasion & Argumentation (3)
COMM 321 Cultural Conversations (3)
ART 331 Art, Society & Mass Media (3)
COMM/NRS 441 Health Communication (3)
COMM 442 Organizational Communication (3)
COMM/ESRM 443 Environmental Communication (3)
COMM 335 Politics & Film (3)
COMM 336 Multicultural Literature and Communication (3)
COMM 345 Media Literacy & Youth Culture (3)
COMM 430 Political Communication (3)
COMM 492 Internship/Service Learning (1-3)
COMP 449 Human-Computer Interaction (3)