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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 Media Studies; we also offer minors in Communication and in Critical Intercultural Communication. 

The mission of the Communication Department is that we recognize 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.



Call for a Department Student Intern

The Department in looking for a student intern to begin in the fall 2018 semester. This internship provides the opportunity to gain hands-on experience monitoring social media platforms and working in a professional setting. It will strengthen written and oral communication skills and may be used for academic credit when enrolled in COMM 495 or MDIA 495. More information is provided in the internship posting. Applications will be accepted until Monday, August 20, 2018. 

CSUSM has gone virtual!

On June 1, 2018, CSUSM began using virtual parking permits. The license plate registered with your parking permit will become your virtual permit. Get instructions on how to access your Parking Account to update your vehicle information.

Read the update regarding  parking permit options available for bargaining unit employees (APC, CSUEU, CFA, SUPA, Teamsters, UAPD and UAW).

Congratulations Class of 2018!

On May 17, 2018, the Department co-hosted the annual Graduation Celebration for Communication majors and minors and Mass Media graduates. Photos from the celebration are available on the Department Facebook.

COMMUniqué 5(4)

The final spring issue of the department newsletter COMMUniqué  has been released, be sure to check it out! Get a recap on department sponsored events, student and faculty shoutouts, success of recent graduates , and more!

Media Equipment for Checkout

Are you in need of high-tech media equipment? The Department of Communication has the tools to help! Contact Dr. Joonseong Lee at for more information on how and where for rentals. 


Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference - Call for Papers

Proud of a recent paper from one of your methods classes? Interested in submitting it to a regional conference? The Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference (USRC) is the perfect opportunity. The USRC is an extraordinary opportunity for undergraduate scholars and researchers to showcase their work and receive feedback from experienced scholars. Undergraduate students benefit from participating in the research conference by crafting and sharing a professional presentation, meeting other undergraduate scholars in the field, and learning about graduate studies in Communication. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2018. For more insight on submission guidelines, please consult the USRC Call for Papers