Communication Studies Major

A well-rounded curriculum combines theory, criticism, context and more, resulting in a communications program that produces impactful thought leaders in the field.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2015-2016, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2015. Access the catalog of record at

Required Lower-Division Core
COMM 101Introduction to Human Communication3
COMM 130Introduction to Media Studies3
COMM 203Public Speaking3
COMM 220Introduction to Media Writing3
COMM 265Introduction To Research3
Required Upper-Division Core
COMM 300Communication Theory3
COMM 336Communication Criticism3
Required Upper-Division Human Communication
Select 6 units from the following:6
COMM 325Interpersonal Communication
COMM 326Nonverbal Communication
COMM 350Small Group Communication
COMM 353Organizational Communication
COMM 370Rhetorical Theory
COMM 403Advanced Public Speaking
COMM 422WFamily Business Communication
COMM 445Gender Communication
COMM 455Interviewing and Negotiating: Principles and Practices
COMM 460Persuasion and Propaganda
COMM 475Intercultural Communication
COMM 488Global Team Development
Required Upper-Division Media Studies
Select 6 Units from the following:6
COMM 330Media Processes And Effects
COMM 338Media and Conflict
COMM 380International Media
COMM 432Film and Cultural Politics
COMM 433American Independent Cinema
COMM 434Documentary Film
COMM 435Principles of Video Production
COMM 462Political Communication
COMM 463Communication and Sports
COMM 480Advanced Topics in International Media
COMM 482Children and Media
COMM 483Teens and Popular Culture
COMM 485Writing for Media
Upper-Division Electives
Select Any 6 Units of Upper-Division Communication courses including COMM courses not listed above6

COMM 101, COMM 130, and COMM 203 satisfy the core curriculum requirement in the social sciences.

Recommended Program of Study

Freshman Year
Semester IHours
COMM 101 130Introduction to Human Communication
Introduction to Media Studies
Semester II
COMM 130 203Introduction to Media Studies
Public Speaking
COMM 265Introduction To Research3
Sophomore Year
Semester I
COMM 203 220Public Speaking
Introduction to Media Writing
COMM 300Communication Theory3
Semester II
COMM 336Communication Criticism3
Upper-Division COMM3
Junior Year
Semester I
Upper-Division COMM6-9
CC or electives6
Semester II
Upper-Division COMM6-9
CC or electives6-9
Senior Year
Semester I
Upper-Division COMM 3-9
Upper-Division electives 
Semester II
Upper-Division COMM3-9
Upper-Division electives 

Department of Communication Studies
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