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B.A. Communication Requirements

Effective FALL 2013

Considering the Communication major? Have you already declared your major and are now making plans to successfully complete your degree? Review these requirements and recommendations before speaking working with your Academic Advisor to make the most of your advising time. 

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 Overview

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, or Communication major, requires a total of 13 courses all of which must be taken for a letter grade. "Core courses" shown below must all be taken in residency at UC San Diego and cannot be transferred or taken abroad. 

1 Lower Division Core Course

COMM 10: Introduction to Communication

4 Upper Division Core Courses 

COMM 100A: Communication, the Person, and Everyday Life (Prereq: COMM 10)

COMM 100B: Communication, Culture, and Representation (Prereq: COMM 10)

COMM 100C: Communication, Institutions, and Power (Prereq: COMM 10)

COMM 190: Junior Seminar (Prereq: junior standing or higher, COMM 10, at least one COMM 100 course)

*Core courses must be taken at UCSD

8 Upper Division Electives 

2 Advanced Electives are required, which are courses from COMM 120-189 (Prereq: COMM 10 and at least one COMM 100 course)

6 additional upper division electives are required and can be any combination of Intermediate Electives (COMM 101-119 - Prereq: COMM 10) and Advanced Electives (COMM 120-189 - Prereq: COMM 10 and at least one COMM 100 course).

Note: If students choose to do a COMM 198 or COMM 199, the grading option is Pass/No Pass and only ONE may be applied to the major to satisfy a COMM Intermediate Elective. Students must submit a Special Studies Courses petition.

Note: If students choose to do AIP 197, students must also submit an Undergraduate Student Petition for approval to have the course satisfy a COMM Intermediate Elective. 

Students can petition for a maximum of 2 courses taken outside of the department (AIP 197, EAP, or other UC campus courses etc.). 


Major Residency Requirement

Students are required to complete at least 11 classes of their overall work in the major at UCSD. The following are the Communication courses required to be taken at UCSD. Please see your college advisor for further residency requirements.

  • COMM 10: Introduction to Communication
  • COMM 100A: Communication, the Person, and Everyday Life
  • COMM 100B: Communication, Culture, and Representation 
  • COMM 100C: Communication, Institutions, and Power
  • COMM 190: Junior Seminar
  • 6 COMM Upper Division Electives

COMM 198 and COMM 199

COMM 198 is a group study done with a professor of your choice.

COMM 199 is an independent study done with a professor of your choice.

Students will need to fill out the Special Studies Form (Part 1 and Part 2) with their professor to do a group or independent study. Once the professor and student have signed off the form, please bring your form to an advisor to fill out Part 3. Students will turn in their form to the Registrar's Office to be added into the course. 

The first COMM 198 or 199 can count as one Communication Intermediate Elective course. Students must submit an Undergraduate Student Petition to an advisor in person or via email at commugrad@ucsd.edu

Quarter by Quarter Plans

Our academic advisers have developed detailed quarter-by-quarter plans to help you successfully navigate your journey as a Communication scholar at UC San Diego

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