Communication at UCSD is a field of study that emphasizes the role of technologies of communication--from language and writing to television and computers--and symbolic forms--from news reports to soap operas to scientific images--in mediating human experience. It draws from a broad tradition of communication research as well as from such social science disciplines as anthropology, psychology, sociology, and political science, and from the humanities and fine arts, including theater, literature, and visual arts. Communication students will develop a critical awareness of the communicative forces which affect their everyday lives.
The communication major is not designed as a training program in advertising, journalism, production, or public relations. It provides students with a solid liberal arts background necessary for graduate studies in communication and other disciplines, and for professional work in a number of communication-related fields, including primary and secondary education.
Though the emphasis of the major is not a technical one, we believe that students will develop a deeper understanding of how communication works by exploring firsthand the capabilities and limitations of a variety of media; students, therefore, will have the opportunity to conduct part of their studies in video, digital media and other forms of media production.
What is the Communication major at UCSD?
It is a major that will help students develop a critical awareness of the communicative forces that affect their everyday lives. Students will analyze many forms of Communication and their impacts.
Have you ever thought about TV, the rise in technology, magazines, Twitter, movies, newspapers, advertising, language, and literacy, and how they can impact societies locally, globally, racially, and by gender? These are just a few of the many forms of Communication students will study.
Some of the questions Communication majors will think about:
Some of the things you might do in a Communication class:
1. Go to a specially designed after-school site and work with children and design new educational media or produce special projects.
Some of the courses we offer:
The Internet Industry
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