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2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Communication Studies BA Video

Communication Studies, BA



The Department of Communication Studies  provides suggested programs and advice for students interested in emphasizing special areas of speech and communication, and for those wishing to combine courses in the major with relevant electives in other departments. Interdisciplinary interests are encouraged.

Summary of Degree Units

University Graduation Requirements 47
Major Requirements 42
University Electives 31
Total 120

University Requirements for Graduation

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Undergraduate Graduation Requirements  section of the Policies and Procedures .

Program Roadmaps

The 4-Year Roadmap is available online. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Degrees (ADT) Pathways are also available online.

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

COMM 101C  is a prerequisite for COMM 198  and COMM 199C .

General Education/American Institution Requirements

Courses that meet General Education/American Institution requirements are noted with area designation for required area. For legend please see General Education Attributes .

University Requirements (47 units)


Core Lower Division General Education (33 units)


Of the 39 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a “C-” or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.

Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all lower division GE requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.

Upper Division General Education (3 units)


Of the 9 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.

American Institutions (6 units)


The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A /AMS 1B ) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A /HUM 1B , HUM 2A /HUM 2B ) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.

Complete One Sequence From:

Physical Education (2 units)


Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (3 units)


At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) .

A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.

Major Requirements (42 units)


For the BA in Communication Studies only 6 units of CR/NC coursework will be accepted.

Major Courses (32 units)


Additional Major Courses (8 units)


Complete any eight units from Foundations (F), Inquiry (I), or Practice (P) courses or lower division COMM courses or SJSU studies COMM courses from list below.

Cannot take both COMM 80  and COMM 91J Must take both COMM 168A  and COMM 168B  to satisfy the SJSU Studies requirement.

University Electives (31 units)


A minor is encouraged but not required.

Total Units Required (120 units)