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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.



Whiteness Forum - Up and coming!

The last year in the U. S. has been a proverbial rollercoaster when it comes to issues of race, anti-immigration, religious intolerance, exploitation of LGBTQ communities, and misogyny (among many others). Rather than wallow in hopelessness and fear, many have risen to the challenges of this historical moment, including students of COMM 454: The Communication of Whiteness. These students have conducted incisive investigations into the myriad of ways that white supremacy remains front and center in the U.S. social and political context and are anxious to share what they have learned. To that end, please join us for the Annual Whiteness Forum on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 12:00–2:00p in the University Student Union (USU) Ballroom at California State University San Marcos. Light refreshments and spoken word performances will also be available for your consumption.

Whiteness Forum 2017

New Topics Courses Coming Spring 2018

This coming spring, the department will be launching three new topics courses: COMM 420 - 01, Interpreting Art as a Communicative Experience; COMM 420 - 02, Border Rhetorics; and MASS 470 - 06, Media Policy and the Struggle for U.S. Democracy. 

COMM 420 - 01
COMM 420 - 02
MASS 470 - 06

COMMUniqué 5(1)

The latest issue of the department newsletter COMMUniqué is out, check it out! Get to know our new faculty and recap on department events. Also, learn about department student organizations and their fundraisers. 

Dept Launches Social Media

The department is excited to announce the launching of its two new social media platforms: Facebook and Instagram! 

Please like, follow, and spread the word to stay informed of all of the vibrant things happening within the department. As the Fall semester begins, both accounts will be utilized to promote upcoming events, showcase accomplishments of students and faculty, present opportunities, and more. 

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