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Bachelor's Degree in Communication

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication teaches analytical, critical, and practical skills that will help students to understand and improve communication practices and systems in all types of social settings. Students learn to recognize and understand communication issues and systems in order to make decisions effectively, to solve problems.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLO)

Students who graduate with a B.A. in Communication will be able to:

  • Make knowledgeable and relevant contributions to intellectual conversation pertaining to communication phenomena. 
  • Argue convincingly and respond constructively to positions regarding the problems, applicable standards, and communication practices, enabling improved functioning of communication processes and systems. 
  • Conceptualize and appreciate the point of view of one's counterparts in communicative interaction while attempting respectfully to incorporate their viewpoints into one's own. 
  • Analyze forms and contexts of communication from a variety of intellectual perspectives (philosophical, historical, theoretical, and practical). 
  • Make cooperative, civil, appropriate, and timely contributions in talk, writing, and mediated discourse, to advance the direction and purpose of the communication event. 

Career Opportunities

A communication degree offers interesting career opportunities in the areas of business management, public health communication, community relations, government, public affairs, international trade, conflict mediation, advertising and market research, foreign service, teaching, and law.

Preparation

High school students should take four years of English, including composition. Social Science and civics courses, including History and Economics, are encouraged. 

Transfer Students

Community college transfer students may transfer a maximum of nine (9) lower-division units in Communication. Students must have earned a grade of C (2.0) or higher in the coursework to be counted for credit toward the major.