Major in Communication Studies

The Communication Studies Department wants majors to have information that will enhance their studies at San Francisco State University.

Requirements for a B.A. in Communication Studies

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies must complete a 40-unit program consisting of 32 units of Breadth Area requirements and eight units of electives including the senior seminar in Communication Studies. Students must also fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) within the first eight units of their upper-division study, and a program of complimentary studies in addition to their upper-division GE work.  

1. Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR): 4 units

All Communication Studies majors are required to take a GWAR course within the first 8 units of their upper-divison study. Failure to complete GWAR with a grade of “C” or better in the first eight units will result in a registration block that can only be lifted with advising. GWAR courses can be taken outside of the Communication Studies Department; however, only courses marked with a COMM prefix may also count toward the eight Breadth Areas below.

2.   Fulfill Breadth Area and Electives

There are eight Breadth Areas, where students will take one class from each of the eight categories: 

  • Communication Diversity
  • Group and Organizational Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Language and Social Interaction
  • Performance Studies
  • Public Communication
  • Research Methodology
  • Rhetoric and Political Communication 
  • Senior seminar in Communication Studies

3.   Electives

With adviser approval, up to 8 units of lower-division transfer courses in communication studies may be counted toward the major as elective units. A maximum of 8 units may be counted toward electives within the major, from any combination of Projects Teaching Communication (COMM 685), Internship (COMM 695) and/or Independent Study (COMM 699). None of these three courses — COMM 685, COMM 695 or COMM 699 — can be repeated for credit in the major. Any course that is used to fulfill the GE Areas A and B4 requirements (formerly GE Segment I) cannot be counted within the major; however, COMM 150 and ENG 214, or equivalent courses, must be completed as prerequisites to enrollment in any breadth area course in the Communication Studies major.

Please refer to the B.A. in Communication Studies Progress Planner (doc) for more information. 

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