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Department of Communication

We are one of the largest majors in the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS). We offer two majors, one in Communication and another in Mass Media; we also offer minors in Communication and in Critical Intercultural Communication. 

The mission of the Communication Department recognizes the transformative power of communication and media and their role in how we think about and act in personal, organizational, cultural, social, and political life. Our scholarly and creative community embraces diverse theoretical perspectives, innovative pedagogy, and creative practices.   We support students’ development of critical and analytical abilities, proficiency with multiple levels of analysis of media, engagement with collaborative and dialogic relationships and connections with communities. We guide students to become culturally aware, astute, civic minded individuals able to understand and act upon structures of inequity, poised for success in their endeavors as community members, citizens and leaders in their chosen careers.


Department of Communication Graduation Reception

All Communication and Mass Media graduates are invited to attend on May 18, 2017 at 4:30PM - 7:00PM at the USU A & C.

Attention Graduating COMM & MASS Majors

Graduating seniors, there’s one last thing to do before leaving CSUSM! Please take a moment and complete a very brief questionnaire that allows the Department and College to know what you’ll be up to. Visit

The newest edition of COMMUniqué 4(4) is out!

The final spring issue of COMMUniqué 4(4) is published and available to read! This issue reports on many wonderful things occurring in the department, such as new and departing faculty, accomplishments by students and faculty, and much more!!

Internships for Fall 2017

NOW is a great time to think about a Fall Internship such as COMM 495 or MASS 495! To enroll in the COMM/MASS 495 course, please see the instructions provided on the following link  To obtain a permission code you must first secure an internship and submit an online permission code request.

Dr. Matsumoto is available to answer additional questions.  Appointments will also be available on Wednesdays,  May 24th through July 19th from  2-5PM in SBSB 2210. Permission codes will NOT be distributed prior to completing an online form at Contact Dr. Matsumoto at with any questions.

LatinX Students Receive Scholarship to ICA!

Congratulations to Paulina Cruz, Gabriela Flores, Yazmin Horta, and Jose Francisco Ramirez! They were selected as recipients of the International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference Latinx Scholarship Program. The four students will attend the ICA convention May 25-29, 2017 at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, CA, which is guided by the theme “Interventions: Communication Research and Practice.” During their conference participation, students will participate in a roundtable discussion with other recipients and leaders in the field for a question and answer session. The Department is proud of the students’ accomplishments.

National Communication Association find that College Graduates with Communication Degrees "have the knowledge and skills employers need."