Communication Studies

Department Major Requirements

(Effective Fall 2013 / Revised: 7/14/2020)

Printable docx version

Department Major Requirements

DEPARTMENT CORE REQUIREMENTS (Complete All 15 units)

  • COMS 301 Performance, Language, and Cultural Studies
  • COMS 321 Rhetorical Discourse
  • COMS 327 Rhetorical Theory
  • COMS 351 Communication Theory
  • COMS 356 Intercultural Communication 

DIVISIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Performance and Cultural Studies (Select 3 units—COMS 301 is a prerequisite for all courses in this band)

  • COMS 303 Narrative in Performance
  • COMS 304 Poetry in Performance
  • COMS 401 Performance and Social Change
  • COMS 404 Theories of Interpretation
  • COMS 445 Communication and Popular Cultures

Rhetorical Theory (Select 3 units—COMS 327 is a prerequisite for all courses in this band)

  • COMS 425 Theories of Argumentation and Deliberation
  • COMS 435 Rhetoric of Women
  • COMS 442 Rhetoric of Peace and Conflict
  • COMS 444 Political Rhetoric
  • COMS 448 Rhetoric of Extraordinary Claim

Communication Theory (Select 3 units—COMS 351 is a prerequisite for all courses in this band)

  • COMS 320 Communicative Functions of Language
  • COMS 350 Nonverbal Communication
  • COMS 431 Persuasion
  • COMS 451 Interpersonal Communication
  • COMS 453 Organizational Communication

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT REQUIREMENT (Select 3 Units)

  • COMS 323 Group Communication
  • COMS 400C Directing Oral Performance
  • COMS 410 Community-Based Performance
  • COMS 437 Communication for Youth Institute
  • COMS 452 Communication Training and Development
  • COMS 494/L Internship in Organizational Communication

COMMUNICATION METHODS REQUIREMENT (Select 3 Units)

  • COMS 430      Rhetorical Criticism
  • COMS 440      Performance & Cultural Studies Criticism
  • COMS 450      Communication Research Methodology

MAJOR ELECTIVES (Select 15 units)

Any course listed in the above sections (after completing the minimum 3 units) may be counted for this section as well. If there is a COMS 300 or 400 level course not listed below (ex. Topics courses such as COMS 396A-Z), you may still apply it towards the COMS Major Elective section.

  • COMS 309       Advanced Public Speaking
  • COMS 315       Communication and Agency
  • COMS 325       Legal Argumentation
  • COMS 360       Communication and the Sexes
  • COMS 406       Performance Composition
  • COMS 420       Language and Symbolic Processes
  • COMS 428       Freedom of Speech
  • COMS 443       Rhetoric in Business
  • COMS 446       Rhetoric of Crime and Punishment
  • COMS 452       Training and Development
  • COMS 454       Communication and Technology
  • COMS 464       Digital Rhetorics

TOTAL UNITS: 45 units