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Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

BA - Communication Studies

San José State University Transfer Planning Guide

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

Note: These majors accept the AA-T in Communication Studies (SB 1440 degree) for transfer. 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 Relationships
COMM 020 Public Speaking
COMM 021 Performing Culture and Society
COMM 040 Argumentation and Advocacy
COMM 041 Critical Decision Making
COMM 045 Communication Criticism
COMM 060 Verbal Reasoning
COMM 074 Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication

Support courses required for Preparation for Teaching select:

ENGL 056A English Literature to the Late 18th Century
ENGL 056B English Literature Late 18th Century to Present
ENGL 068A American Literature to 1865
ENGL 068B American Literature 1865 to Present

All students must satisfy the following prerequisite (or equivalent) prior to registering for the WST and 100W courses at SJSU {Academic Senate policy S05-8}.

Once the following course requirement is completed (earning a grade of C or better), students should contact to register for the WST exam at SJSU. Passing the WST prior to your first semester at SJSU will prevent delays in registering for upper division courses:
ENGL 001B Composition 2
A "C" or better is required in English 1B (a "C-" is not acceptable).
2nd English Composition Equivalent Transfer Course
A course articulated to SJSU's English 1B is recommended, however any course approved for the IGETC second semester English composition area would be accepted to meet this requirement (a grade of "C" or better is required).


Prior to transferring to San José State University all transfers must earn at least 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter). Within those 60 semester/90 quarter units students are strongly encouraged to complete the following:

1. 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 José State University.

2. Second Semester English Composition:
Complete the second semester English composition course (or equivalent) as it is a prerequisite to registering for the WST and 100W courses at SJSU. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in this course (a "C-" is not acceptable). 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

3. 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.

4. Physical Education Requirement:
Two courses are required and must include at least two different activities. Completion of these courses will clear the graduation requirement at SJSU.

5. Lower Division Major Course Requirements:
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.