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Program Outline and Requirements

Lower Division General Education

All lower division General Education (GE) coursework will be completed at an accredited college prior to entry into the B.A. in Communications program. Students should request a CSU General Education Certification when requesting transcripts.

Two years of High School foreign language or one semester of college-level foreign language is required for graduation. CSU Bakersfield will not deliver foreign language classes. If the requirement was not met in high school, students will fulfill the requirement at another college or university.

Lower Division Prerequisite (1 course)

COMM 2020: Intro to Communications Studies

Lower Division General Education Coursework (1 course)

SOC 2018: Self and Society - Student Enrichment & Lifelong Fulfillment (SELF) or completion of General Education Area E

Upper Division General Education Requirements (3 courses)

SCI 3609: An Intro to the Modern Cosmos or TBD - Upper Division Area B (UDB)
SOC 3008: Social Psychology or TBD* - Upper Division Area D (UDD)
SOC 3208: Junior Diversity and Research Ethics or TBD* - Junior Year Diversity Requirement (JYDR)

Upper Division Required Coursework (12 units)

COMM 3000: Theories of Communication
COMM 3008: Technical and Report Writing - Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)
COMM 3010: Mass Media Law
COMM 4908: Senior Seminar (Capstone)

Completion of Public Relations Emphasis (15 units)

COMM 2110: Issues and Practices in Journalism
COMM 3210: Public Relations
COMM 3220: Public Relations Strategies and Tactics
COMM 3230: Case Studies Public Relations
COMM 3260: Public Relations Management

Communications Studies Courses (6 units)

COMM 3048: Art of Film
COMM 3058: Intercultural Communication

Communication Elective Courses (6 units)

Six additional upper division COMM units selected from the department’s offerings that have not been used elsewhere on program outline

Optional Sociology Minor (12 units)

Courses chosen from our Sociology course offerings

*UDD and JYDR courses are required for Sociology Minor

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