Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BA - Communication Studies

San José State University -to- Crafton Hills College

Community College students should meet with a counselor as soon as possible to determine the equivalent courses offered at that institution. Students should complete as many as possible of the lower division requirements listed below, prior to transfer.

Lower Division Course Requirements

Community College Course Equivalents

STAR Act (SB 1440):

The Communication Studies department accepts the AA-T in Communication Studies for transfer to this major. We recommend transfer students complete the following courses, which are required for the Communication Studies major at SJSU, as part of their AA-T in Communication Studies. Students should take courses which clear the American Institution requirement and a second course in English composition as part of their CSU GE or IGETC requirements for the AA-T degree (doing so will increase greater choice in the 60 units of SJSU course work to be taken after transfer).

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingEngl 102 Intermediate Composition and Critical Thinking
ENGL 102H Intermediate Composition and Critical Thinking - Honors
ENGL 152 Intermediate Composition and Literature
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGL 152 Intermediate Composition and Literature

The general BA - Communication Studies

This major has no lower division course requirements or prerequisites, beyond completion of Lower Division General Education. The department will accept, as electives in the major, up to 8 semester units of Speech Communication courses that are not also used to satisfy Lower Division General Education requirements (i.e., no transfer courses may be double-counted for both GE and major electives). Community College students should meet with a counselor as soon as possible to determine which baccalaureate level courses offered at their institution, are articulated with SJSU.
No specific courses are required. However, potential majors should satisfy their CSU GE Area A 1-Oral Communication requirement with a public speaking course. Only courses that are approved baccalaureate level lower division Speech Communication courses will be accepted for transfer.

Students may select up to 8 semester units of lower division electives for transfer from courses articulated with the following courses:

COMM 010 Communication and Human RelationshipsCommst 111 Interpersonal Communication (*)
Commst 111H Interpersonal Communication-Honors
COMM 020 Public SpeakingCommst 100 Elements of Public Speaking (*)
Commst 100H Elements of Public Speaking- Honors
COMM 021 Performing Culture and SocietyNo Current Equivalent
COMM 040 Argumentation and AdvocacyCOMMST 125 Critical Thinking through Argumentation and Debate (*)
COMMST 125H Critical Thinking through Argumentation and Debate - Honors
COMM 041 Critical Decision MakingCOMMST 140 Small Group Communication (*)
COMM 045 Media and CultureNo Current Equivalent
COMM 060 Verbal ReasoningNo Current Equivalent
COMM 074 Fundamentals of Intercultural CommunicationCOMMST 174 Communication in a Diverse World

LDTP Approved Courses (*)

The following Crafton Hills College courses are approved for the following LDTP course descriptors shown on the right.
Commst 111Interpersonal Communication
Commst 100Public Speaking
COMMST 125Argumentation
COMMST 140Small Group Communication
LDTP courses are acceptable "in lieu of" each other.
LDTP courses are not necessarily "equivalent" or "identical" in content.


Prior to transferring to San Jose State University all transfers must earn at least 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter), including the CSU four basic skill courses required for CSU admission eligibility. Within those 60 semester/90 quarter units students are strongly encouraged to complete the following:

1. Lower Division Major Course Requirements (especially for STEM Majors):
Complete as many of the lower division courses required for the major as possible. Many of these courses may be double counted as part of the CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements. These requirements are shown above.

2. General Education Requirements:
Complete all the CSU GE Breadth requirements at the community college (39 semester units/58 quarter units). The approved courses for each area can be found at under the link "CSU GE-Breadth Certification Courses" for your college. Many of these courses can be double counted to meet the major requirements shown above, so choose your courses wisely. Please see your college counselor/advisor to review your general education in order to receive FULL OR PARTIAL CERTIFICATION PRIOR TO TRANSFER to San Jose State University.

3. Second Semester English Composition highly recommended:
Complete the second semester English composition course (or equivalent) with a grade of "C" or better prior to registering for the WST and 100W course at SJSU. Approved courses can be found above within the lower division major requirements. Be sure to select this course as part of your CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements. Once this course is complete, students are encouraged to take the WST exam at SJSU to avoid delays in enrollment for other SJSU required courses. To register for the WST contact our Testing office at

4. American Institutions Requirement (US 1, US 2, and US 3 must be completed):
This requirement is normally 2 courses and can be taken as part of your CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements (GE Area D and sometimes Area C). The approved courses can be found at under the link "CSU US History, Constitution, and American Ideals Courses" for your college.