Communication Studies Department

BA - Communication Studies

The department provides suggested programs and advice for students interested in emphasizing special areas of speech and communication, and for those wishing to combine courses in the major with relevant electives in other departments. Interdisciplinary interests are encouraged.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

COMM 101C is a prerequisite for COMM 198 and COMM 199C.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements47
Core Lower Division General Education33
Of the 39 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education3
Of the 9 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. HistoryD2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentD3+US233
Chicana and Chicano Studies6
CCS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
CCS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement3
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Requirements of the Major42
For the BA in Communication Studies only 6 units of CR/NC coursework will be accepted.
Core Courses10
COMM 101C. Junior Seminar: Theorizing Communication4
COMM 198. Applied Activity in Communication1-2
COMM 199C. Senior Seminar: Synthesis & Application4
Major Courses32
Foundations Courses8
Complete eight units from:
COMM 110F. Interpersonal Communication4
COMM 117F. Understanding Play & Games4
COMM 122F. Performance Studies4
COMM 130F. Activism, Action, and Resistance4
COMM 132F. Dis/Ability Communication4
COMM 133F. Ethical Problems in Communication4
COMM 144F. Organizational Communication4
COMM 146F. Communication and the Environment4
COMM 149F. Rhetoric and Public Life4
COMM 160F. Language, Meaning and Culture4
COMM 161F. Communication and Culture4
COMM 164F. Communication and Global Organizations4
COMM 170F. Persuasion4
COMM 172F. Multicultural Communication in the United States4
COMM 173F. Intercultural Communication and Global Understanding4
COMM 175F. Nonverbal Communication4
COMM 181F. New Media/New World4
Inquiry Courses8
Complete eight units from:
COMM 119I. Researching Games4
COMM 123I. Performance of Ethnodrama4
COMM 145I. Rhetorical and Cultural Criticism4
COMM 150I. Inquiry in Organizational Communication4
COMM 151I. New Media/New Methods4
COMM 152I. Communication in World Cultures4
COMM 154I. Ethnography for Communication Studies4
COMM 155I. Quantitative Communication Inquiry4
COMM 156I. Observation and Interviewing Methods4
COMM 169I. The Media: Response and Criticism4
Practice Courses8
Complete eight units from:
COMM 105P. Communication, Self and Society4
COMM 111P. Interviewing4
COMM 113P. Games in Everyday Life4
COMM 114P. Business and Professional Speaking4
COMM 115P. Communication and Conflict4
COMM 116P. Mediation: Theory and Practice4
COMM 120P. Persuasive & Presentation Skills4
COMM 121P. Performance as Practice4
COMM 124P. Communication Training and Development4
COMM 125P. Ensemble Performance4
COMM 131P. New Media/You Media4
COMM 140P. Argumentation and Debate4
COMM 141P. Small Group Communication4
COMM 147P. Argumentation and Persuasion in Courts of Law4
COMM 165P. Communication and Organizational Philanthropy4
COMM 176P. Communication and Gender4
COMM 182P. Communication in the Classroom4
COMM 182P strongly recommended for student who plan to pursue a teaching credential
Additional Courses in the Major8
Complete any eight units from Foundations (F) Inquiry(I) or Practice (P) courses or lower division COMM courses or SJSU studies COMM courses from list below.
COMM 080. Communication Workshop1
COMM 091J. Judge Training1
Can not take COMM 80 and COMM 91J
COMM 100W. Writing Workshop: Writing for InfluenceZ3
COMM 157SL. Community Action/Community ServiceS3
COMM 168A. Global Climate Change I6
COMM 168B. Global Climate Change IIR+S+V3
Must take COMM 168A and B to fulfill requirement
COMM 174. Intercultural Comm & Struct InequalityS3
COMM 179. Global Media and ResistanceV3
COMM 180. Individual Studies1-3
COMM 184. Directed Reading1-2
COMM 191A. Activity Projects in Forensics1-3
COMM 191B. Activity Projects in Forensics1-3
COMM 191C. Activity Projects in Forensics1-3
COMM 191J. Activity Projects in Forensics1
COMM 191M. Activity Projects in Forensics1
University Electives31
A minor is encouraged but not required.

Total Units:120