B.A. in Communication Studies

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies is a unique degree program that explores human communication and its influence on our personal, professional, social and cultural lives. The curriculum is carefully crafted to develop in our students the skills and dispositions needed to succeed in a variety of professional contexts and to become leaders in democratic society. Students work closely with faculty advisers to develop a tailored experience that aligns with their personal interests, talents and career goals.

This innovative program allows students to design their own specific areas of emphasis through project-based, experiential learning. These areas could include: Media Studies/Film; Applied Fields (e.g., Public Relations, Consulting, Branding, Media Writing); Advocacy/Political Communication; Art History and Visual Culture; Communication Ethics; Rhetoric (e.g., Pre-law); and Academic Preparation for Graduate School.

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)

Curriculum

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
ENG 101  English Composition I  OR  HON 150 3
CDC 100  Communication Perspectives 3
CDC 101  Public Speaking 3
CDC 120  Visual Communication I 3
Gen Ed/Elective/Minor Course 3
   
Second Semester 15
ENG 102  English Composition II, ENG 211  Business and Professional Writing, ENG 217  Science and Technical Writing  OR  HON 250  Honors Composition II 3
CDC 150  Imagine, Design, Create 3
CDC 201  Argumentation and Advocacy, PHI 115  Logic and Language  OR  PHI 311  Formal Logic I 3
Gen Ed/Elective/Minor Course 6
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
ART 270  Art History Today, CDC 252  The Art of Film  OR  PHI 335  Aesthetic Theory 3
CDC 200  Truth and Representation
3
CDC 151  Producing Media Messages I
3
Gen Ed/Elective/Minor Course
6
   
Fourth Semester 15
PHI 220  Ethics 3
CDC 220  Visual Culture 3
CDC 230  Strategic Professional Communication 3
Gen Ed/Elective/Minor Course 6
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
CDC 304  Communication Research  OR  PHI 335  Aesthetic Theory
3
Required Related Elective*
3
Gen Ed/Elective/Minor Course 9
   
Sixth Semester 15
Required Related Electives*
6
Gen Ed/Elective/Minor Courses 
9
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
Required Related Electives* 6
Gen Ed/Elective/Minor Courses 9
   
Eighth Semester 15
CDC 490  Theorizing Human Communication  OR  ART 422  After Modernism 3
CDC 498  Senior Project in Communication, Design and Culture  OR  CDC 499  Career Design Strategies 3
Required Related Elective* 3
Gen Ed/Elective/Minor Courses 6
Total 120

* Advanced Standing Electives

(Select at least one from each category.)

Conversations/Seminars

  • CDC 310  Seminar in CDC
  • CDC 350  Image, Sound, Text
  • CDC 431  PR Cases and Problems 
  • CDC 490  Theorizing Human Communication
  • CDC 461  Communication and Social Meaning 
  • CDC 465  Media Ethics 

Experiential Learning

  • CDC 301  Advanced Performance 
  • CDC 311  Special Experience Lab in CDC 
  • CDC 331  Public Relations Applications 
  • CDC 351  Media Production II 
  • CDC 430  PR & Integrated Communication Practicum
  • CDC 432  Public Relations Campaign Management
  • CDC 451  Producing Media Messages III
  • CDC 455  Media Writing III 
  • CDC 497  Internship in CDC 

Area Studies

  • ART 422  After Modernism
  • CDC 210  Special Topics in CDC 
  • CDC 302  Persuasion 
  • CDC 303  Organizational Communications
  • CDC 304  Communication Research
  • CDC 305  Sports Com & Media Relations
  • CDC 312  Area Studies in CDC 
  • CDC 330  Intro to Public Relations
  • CDC 355  Media Writing I 
  • CDC 356  Media Writing II 
  • CDC 357  Media Management
  • CDC 370  Challenges in Communicating Science 
  • CDC 431  PR Cases & Problems
  • CDC 450  Media, Society, Culture
  • CDC 460  Phil of Art, His, Theory & Criticism 
  • CDC 498  Senior Project in CDC 
  • CDC 499  Career Design Strategies
  • PHI 335  Aesthetic Theory 

Program Webpage

https://www.calu.edu/academics/undergraduate/bachelors/communication-studies/index.aspx