Recent News: Patricia Hall Retires after More than 15 Years at CSUSM ---------------- Congrats to GEO 102 Faculty Member, Terri Metzger, for Winning the President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Outstanding Lecturer! ---------------- GEO Persuasive Forum on Plastic Bag Ban Heats Up: See the Video Link Below ---------------- Congrats to All Fall 2014 Graduates! ---------------- Check out Our Most Recent Issue of COMMuniqué In the Column on the Right!

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The Communication Department recognizes the transformative power of communication and its utility for re-making 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 that build critical and analytical abilities, collaborative and dialogic relationships and communities, and that challenge structures of inequity. We guide students to become culturally aware, astute, civic minded individuals poised for success in their endeavors as community members, citizens and leaders in their chosen professions.

Communication Degree

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree program provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of the nature of communication, its varied forms and uses, and its multiple social, cultural, and cognitive effects.

Mass Media Degree

The new Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media provides students with theoretical and practical frameworks for understanding media development, production, distribution, and its multiple social, political, cultural, and cognitive effects domestically and globally.


Professor Patricia Hall Retires After More Than 15 Years at CSUSM

Hired as a lecturer in August of 1999, Pat Hall has been a staple in the Communication Department, teaching GEO 102 – Oral Communication, but as the saying goes: “All good things must come to an end.” At the end of this calendar year, Hall will be retiring. When asked about how retiring feels, Hall had this to say: “I feel a mixture of excitement, with an element of concern thrown in, and as Dostoyevsky once said, ‘Taking a new what people fear most.’” Hall will focus on visiting with family in her post-retirement days.  Looking back on her time at the university, she has seen a plethora of changes. What stood out the most to her was the increased recognition that lecturers received as members of our campus community.  Hall was always impressed with her coworkers and her students in equal measure. She truly loved being a part of CSUSM, and will be a missed member of our community.

Thanks for all you have done, and congratulations on your retirement Professor Hall!


Congrats Are in Order!

Congrats to GEO 102 Faculty Member, Terri Metzger, for Winning the President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Outstanding Lecturer!


GEO Persuasive Forum On Plastic Bag Ban Heats Up

How has the ban on single-use plastic grocery bags affected Californians?  On Tuesday, December 2, students at CSUSM had a chance to learn opposing viewpoints on this matter.  This year, Caroline Sawyer, Terri Metzger and GEO 102 faculty in the Department of Communication, hosted a Persuasive Forum in which GEO 102 students had the opportunity to showcase their persuasive speaking skills. Annika Rubinska & Denisse Mendez and Anna Enmark & Stephen Rawling discussed the topic of the ban on single-use plastic grocery bags.  The Forum took place on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 during U-hour in ARTS 240. Audience members had the opportunity to take part by voting for the most persuasive side. 

See the Forum Video Here! 

Students From the Communication Society Participate in the CSUSM Major/Minor Fair