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Communication Studies majors receive a broad-based, liberal arts education, designed to equip them for the challenges of the 21st century, the need to adapt to a rapidly changing workplace, and the likelihood of more than one career. The major encompasses many facets of film and media studies, relational and organizational communication, and rhetoric and civic engagement. Along with courses in communication studies, the major requires courses in the arts and humanities, the social sciences, and history, and a minor or second major.

The department’s goals for undergraduate majors include helping students to achieve an outstanding education in communication studies, to further their knowledge and understanding of human communication, and to provide leadership in communication activities. In so doing, we hope to help students prepare for successful careers, the duties of citizenship, and productive and rewarding lives.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

Knowledge about the history and practice of our discipline in three specific areas: film and media studies, relational and organizational communication, and rhetoric and civic engagement.  Students will be able to explain the utility of theories from these areas and be able to utilize research methods to explore questions from each area of inquiry. 

Skills that allow them apply their knowledge of the major as they address contemporary issues salient to their personal, professional, and civic lives.  They will be skilled in both oral and written communication, being able to develop and deliver coherent, well-organized claims to specific audiences.  Students will also develop critical thinking skills that allow them to analyze texts, situations, or issues using credible evidence and following a logical, systematic, and/or precise structure.

SPCM Major II

Accelerated Program

The major in Communication Studies includes an accelerated program option for students to graduate on a faster schedule. Accelerated Programs typically include 15-16 credits each fall and spring semester for three years, plus 6-9 credits over two to three summer sessions. Students who enter CSU with prior credit (AP, IB, transfer, etc.) may use applicable courses to further accelerate their graduation. Visit the Office of the Provost website for additional information about Accelerated Programs.

Potential Occupations

The Communication Studies major, like many liberal arts majors, provides students with a broad academic background suitable for a variety of jobs in the public and private sectors. Majors are trained to think independently and critically, communicate effectively, and function in a multicultural world. Employers appreciate communication studies majors for their multiple skills and their ability to adapt to a variety of tasks and work environments.

Many majors find employment in public relations/marketing, politics, sales, human relations, government, business management, convention and meeting planning, education, and computer-mediated communication. Some students move on to graduate work in communication studies and to post-graduate study in business, law, and theology.

Career opportunities include, but are not limited to employee relations specialist, employment counselor, human resource consultant, industrial relations representative, public relations specialist, labor relations consultant, training director, vocational rehabilitation counselor, advance agent, business communicator, equal opportunity representative, foreign service officer, cooperative extension service worker, politician, lobbyist, speechwriter, press agent, literary agent, interviewer, sales representative, scriptwriter, lawyer, teacher.

Internships are available to Communication Studies majors and are highly recommended to enhance practical training and development. Graduates who seek advanced studies can attain positions with higher responsibilities and can rise to top professional levels.

Concentrations

Effective Fall 2021

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
SPCM 100Communication and Popular Culture (GT-AH1)3B3
SPCM 130Relational and Organizational Communication (GT-SS3)3C3
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A7
Diversity and Global Awareness3E3
Quantitative Reasoning1B3
Electives 6
 Total Credits 31
Sophomore
 
SPCM 201History and Theory of Rhetoric (GT-AH3)3B3
SPCM 207Public Argumentation 3
Select one of the following AUCC Category 2 (Advanced Writing) courses: 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Education (GT-CO3)2 
Historical Perspectives3D3
Additional Arts and Humanities1 6
Additional History2 6
Additional Social and Behavioral Sciences3 6
 Total Credits 30
Junior
 
Minor or Interdisciplinary Minor4 15
Communication Studies Electives5 15
 Total Credits 30
Senior
 
SPCM 479Communication Studies Capstone4C3
Select one course from the following: 3
Historical Speeches on American Issues4A,4B 
Evaluating Contemporary Television4A,4B 
Critical Media Studies4A,4B 
Evaluating Contemporary Film4A,4B 
Film History: International4A,4B 
Film History: United States4A,4B 
Contemporary Speeches on American Issues4A,4B 
Evaluating Contemporary Rhetoric4A,4B 
Political Communication4A,4B 
Communication in Organizations4A,4B 
Intercultural Communication4A,4B 
Minor or Interdisciplinary Minor4 6
Communication Studies Electives5 9
Electives6 8
 Total Credits 29
 Program Total Credits: 120
Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)  1A3
SPCM 100Communication and Popular Culture (GT-AH1)  3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
Diversity and Global Awareness  3E3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
SPCM 130Relational and Organizational Communication (GT-SS3)  3C3
SPCM 200Public Speaking   3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A4
Quantitative ReasoningX 1B3
Elective   3
CO 150 must be completed on the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   16
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
SPCM 201History and Theory of Rhetoric (GT-AH3)  3B3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Additional Arts and Humanities (See allowable subject codes on Requirements Tab)   3
Additional History (See allowable subject codes on Requirements Tab)   3
Additional Social and Behavioral Science (See allowable subject codes on Requirements Tab)   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
SPCM 207Public Argumentation   3
Select one course from the following:  23
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Education (GT-CO3)  2 
Additional Arts and Humanities (See allowable subject codes on Requirements Tab)   3
Additional History (See allowable subject codes on Requirements Tab)   3
Additional Social and Behavioral Science (See allowable subject codes on Requirements Tab)   3
AUCC 3A (Biological and Physical Sciences), AUCC 3E (Diversity and Global Awareness), AUCC 3D (Historical Perspectives) must be completed by the end of Semester 4.X   
 Total Credits   15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
SPCM***   9
Minor or Interdisciplinary Minor Courses   6
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
SPCM***   6
Minor or Interdisciplinary Minor Courses   9
 Total Credits   15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Historical Speeches on American IssuesX 4A,4B 
Evaluating Contemporary TelevisionX 4A,4B 
Critical Media StudiesX 4A,4B 
Evaluating Contemporary FilmX 4A,4B 
Film History: International  4A,4B 
Film History: United States  4A,4B 
Contemporary Speeches on American IssuesX 4A,4B 
Evaluating Contemporary RhetoricX 4A,4B 
Political CommunicationX 4A,4B 
Communication in Organizations  4A,4B 
Intercultural CommunicationX 4A,4B 
SPCM***   5
Minor or Interdisciplinary Minor Course   3
Electives   4
AUCC 2 (Advanced Writing) and SPCM 100, SPCM 130, SPCM 200, SPCM 201, SPCM 207 must be completed by the end of Semester 7.    
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
SPCM 479Communication Studies CapstoneX 4C3
SPCM***X  4
Minor or Interdisciplinary Minor CourseX  3
ElectivesX  4
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   14
 Program Total Credits:   120