Welcome to the Department of Communication at UC San Diego

So you're thinking of joining us?!

Congratulations on being accepted to UCSD! We are excited to welcome the newest cohort of Communication majors this fall for the 2019-2020 academic year.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about the Comm program. Take a look at the profile of the interdisciplinary faculty you’ll be working with and the broad range of classes you’ll have a chance to take.


The Communication Major is designed to teach undergraduates how to approach real world problems with a thoughtful, critical stance. It’s rigorous, it’s exciting, and it’s hands-on. You’ll learn to ask timely questions about this world; you’ll consider how others have wrestled with these questions; and you’ll begin to formulate and pursue your own answers.

Are you interested in how the First Amendment is impacted by social media or how we grapple with the issues of copyright in the age of the selfie? Are you interested in how communities form and are sustained over time through music, photography, television and film? Are you interested in the ways that different institutional structures shape human growth and development?

And are you interested in learning how to make media and how to use what you learn in real time, real world, real life applications that matter to you personally?

In this digital age it is more important than ever for students to leave college with the ability not just to produce quality communication— in the form of social media campaigns, performance art, independent news articles, podcasts, or simply the well-crafted written word. Students must also leave college equipped with a well-developed, ethically informed understanding about how media work and what media have the capacity to do. And this understanding is what we hope to provide you with along with the skills to participate in serious, thoughtful debate over complex issues impacting our world today.

Our undergraduate alumni have pursued a variety of career paths.  Some go on to work for local and international news organizations and major mass media publication outlets; others produce documentaries and work in the film and television industry; and still others now manage public relations for a variety of organizations. Many of our alumni have also pursued professional degrees in law, education, business, and medicine as well as the creative arts; or gone on to graduate school in Communication and a range of related fields. But you’ll have time to decide who you are and where you want to go!

As you explore our website and learn more about our program, we also invite you to contact us with any additional questions. We look forward to welcoming you this fall to the Department of Communication!  


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