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Communication Studies Department

BA - Communication Studies, Preparation for Teaching

This major is designed for students interested in teaching English or speech communication in high school or middle school. The following course work satisfies San José State University's requirements for a BA in Communication Studies.

A Minimum grade point average (GPA) and completion of the program will not guarantee admission to the credential program. Like all other applicants, students must meet credential program standards and undergo screening for admission. See "Teaching: How to Become a Teacher in California" (see Teaching) for information on application and admission to credential programs.


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements53
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.
Upper Division General Education9
Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM63
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM73
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. U.S. History and GovernmentM63
HIST 015B. U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Can be taken as POLS 015 A/B as well.
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM63
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
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 http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
Preparation for the Major27
ENGL 105. Seminar in Advanced Composition3
ENGL 112B. Literature for Young Adults3
ENGL 125. European Literature: Homer through Dante3
Complete one course from:
LLD 104. Introduction to Second Language Learning and Teaching3
LLD 163. Introduction to Second Language Development3
Complete one course from:
ENGL 103. Modern English3
LING 107. Patterns of English3
Complete one course from:
ENGL 056A. English Literature to the Late 18th Century3
ENGL 056B. English Literature Late 18th Century to Present3
Complete one course from:
ENGL 068A. American Literature to 18653
ENGL 068B. American Literature 1865 to Present3
Complete one course from:
ENGL 144. Shakespeare I3
ENGL 145. Shakespeare and Performance3
Complete one course from:
ENGL 161. American Literature to 18303
ENGL 162. American Literature: 1830-18653
ENGL 163. American Literature: 1865-19103
ENGL 168. The American Novel3
ENGL 169. Ethnicity in American LiteratureS3
Requirements of the Major37-38
Core Courses14
COMM 101C. Junior Seminar: Theorizing Communication4
COMM 182P. Communication in the Classroom4
COMM 198. Applied Activity in Communication1-2
COMM 199C. Senior Seminar: Synthesis & Application4
Additional Requirements24
Two courses in Foundations Area8
Two Courses in Inquiry Area8
Two Courses in Practice Area8
One Course in Practice Area AND COMM 157(3 units) will meet Practice Area requirement
University Electives2-3

Total Units:120