Multiple Perspectives and Voices

We offer a rich array of courses which address the full spectrum of human communication. We respect multiple languages, cultures, communication styles and perspectives. We value diverse voices.  The Department focuses on human communication in a wide variety of contexts (e.g., interpersonal, family, small group, organizational, political, intercultural and international).

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The Department takes a multifaceted approach to the study of communication.

Why Study Communication at San Francisco State University?

The Department of Labor states that among the most important qualities for high job performance are: listening, speaking, creative thinking, decision making, problem solving, reasoning, self-esteem, sociability, self management, integrity and honesty. All these are skills and qualities that can be developed in the Communication Studies major.


Communication Studies is the second-largest department in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts in terms of the number of students taught, and the third-largest in terms of the number of faculty and number of B.A. degrees awarded. In recent years, Communication Studies was among the top ten programs to grant the B.A. degree at SF State.

The Department is also home to SF State's award winning Speech and Debate Team. The Team is open to all SF State students regardless of their major to further enrich your education.

Examples of career fields include: teaching, community outreach, sales, people operations, human resources, recruiting, customer service, social services, management, public relations, advertising, social media, business development, fundraising, law, politics, and publishing. Of these more than a dozen possible career paths, the U.S. Department of Labor claims that at least nine will be the biggest generators of new jobs over the next ten years.



Get Involved and Build Success


Check out the remote open advising schedule for Spring 2024 and tips on how to read your Degree Progress Report (DPR).  We update our advising hours weekly.

Learn more about Advising



Student Association

CSSA aims to create a community of students outside of the halls of the Humanities building. Get involved with the student organization and be part of the Comm Studies community.

Learn more about the Association

Speech and Debate Team

We support a nationally ranked Speech and Debate Team (also called the Forensics Team) that is open to all San Francisco State University students regardless of major. 

Learn more about the Team

Attention Graduate Students

The Department of Communication Studies at San Francisco State is proud to belong to Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

Learn more about WRGP

Open Advising Schedule

The open advising schedule is updated each Friday with the following week's information. Zoom details for open advising are available on the advising page. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out via email to

Monday, July 8th

  • No open advising on this day

Tuesday, July 9th

  • No open advising on this day

Wednesday, July 10th

  •  No open advising on this day

Thursday, July 11th

  • No open advising on this day

Friday, July 12th

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. with Paloma Mathern

Monday, July 15th

  • No open advising on this day

Tuesday, July 16th

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. with Paloma Mathern

Wednesday, July 17th

  •  No open advising on this day

Thursday, July 18th

  • No open advising on this day

Friday, July 19th

  • No open advising on this day
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