Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

BA - Communication Studies

San José State University -to- Skyline 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 (SB 1440 degree) for transfer into these majors. We recommend transfers complete the following articulated courses when course choices for the AA-T in Communication Studies are available. We strongly encourage students to take courses which clear the American Institution requirement and 2nd semester/quarter of 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).

Communication Studies Department offers BA - Communication Studies, and BA - Communication Studies, Preparation for Teaching.

The general BA - Communication Studies 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 RelationshipsNo Current Equivalent
COMM 020 Public SpeakingComm 110 Public Speaking
COMM 021 Performing Culture and SocietyNo Current Equivalent
COMM 040 Argumentation and AdvocacyComm 127 Argumentation and Debate
COMM 041 Critical Decision MakingNo Current Equivalent
COMM 045 Media and CultureNo Current Equivalent
COMM 060 Verbal ReasoningNo Current Equivalent
COMM 074 Fundamentals of Intercultural CommunicationComm 150 Intercultural Communication

Support courses required for Preparation for Teaching select:

ENGL 056A English Literature to the Late 18th CenturyNo Current Equivalent
ENGL 056B English Literature Late 18th Century to PresentLIT. 232 Survey of British Literature II
ENGL 068A American Literature to 1865LIT. 201 American Literature I
ENGL 068B American Literature 1865 to PresentLIT. 202 American Literature II

WST Prerequisite:

Beginning Fall 2014 the prerequisite for the WST is the completion of the CSU GE A3 with a grade of C or better. All students are strongly encouraged to complete a second English composition course as part of their lower division GE prior to transferring to SJSU (either to meet CSU GE Area A3 or C2). In doing this students will be more prepared to pass the WST and 100W course at SJSU.
Once the following recommended course has been completed with a grade of C or better, students should contact our testing office: to register for the WST exam at SJSU (passing the WST prior to your first semester at SJSU will prevent delays in registration for upper division courses):
2nd English Composition/Critical Thinking Equivalent Transfer Course
any course approve for the IGETC Critical Thinking/Second semester English composition 1B area is highly recommended
PHIL 109 Critical Thinking and Writing
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGL 110 Composition, Literature & Critical Thinking
Engl 165 Critical Thinking & Advanced Composition


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.