Mass Media Degree Requirements

All courses taken for the major, including Preparation for the Major courses, must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better. A minimum of eighteen (18) units of upper-division credits must be earned at CSUSM.

No more than six (6) hours of independent study and/or internship may be applied toward the major. Independent Study may be applied to field distribution requirements at the discretion of the professor under whose supervision the student is doing the study. The internship does not count toward field distribution requirements but may be used as elective credit.

Graduation Requirements  
Total Required 120
General Education 51
Preparation for the Major 12
Major Requirements 36
Students must take a sufficient number of elective units to bring the total number of units to a minimum of 120.
Preparation for the Major
Lower-division (6 units)
COMM 100 Introduction to Communication 3
PSYC 220 Introductory Statistics in Psychology
or SOC 201 Introductory Statistics for the Social Sciences
Upper-division (6 units)
COMM 330 Intercultural Communication 3
COMM 360 Mass Media and Society 3
Major Requirements (36)  
Upper-division Core (15 units)  
MASS 302 Media Production and Context 3
MASS 303 Mass Media and Technology 3
MASS 304 Global Media 3
MASS 306 Media Distribution: National and International 3
COMM 390 or COMM 402 3

Upper-division Electives (21 units)

After completing the Upper-division Core courses, students must select one of the three concentrations (MUE, MOS, or MMP), and take at least 12 units of their Upper-division Elective courses in that concentration. Specific courses in these concentrations are described within the Mass Media course listings. These 12 units may include upper-division Communication courses that have been specified as applying to the Mass Media B.A. Students may include a maximum of 6 units of qualifying upper-division courses from majors other than Mass Media or Communication. Students should contact their department advisors to verify the acceptability of upper-division elective courses from other majors.