THE BACHELOR OF ARTS IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units

See "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major adviser or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

See "General Education Requirements" in The University Catalog and The Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Requirements and course offerings. The course requirements marked below with an asterisk (*) may also be applied toward General Education.

Cultural Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See "Cultural Diversity" in The University Catalog. Most courses taken to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education.

American Institutions Requirement: 6 units

See the "American Institutions Requirement" under "Bachelor's Degree Requirements." This requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 130 and POLS 155. Courses used to satisfy this requirement do not apply to General Education.

Literacy Requirement:

See "Mathematics and Writing Requirements" in The University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See The Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 42-45 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree. Additional required courses, depending upon the selected option or advising pattern, are outlined following the degree core program requirements.

Communication Studies majors must pass the four specified required courses (three for the core, one for the option) with a C- or better prior to enrolling in 400-level CMST courses. These courses are designated in the following core and option requirements. Students should plan to enroll in these courses to begin their program of study.

DEGREE CORE PROGRAM: 18 units

Communication Studies students must pass CMST 131, CMST 233, and CMST 331 with a C- or better prior to enrolling in any 400-level CMST courses.

4 courses required:
CMST233Found of Interpersonal Com3.0FS
CMST330Theory/Principles Communictn3.0FS
CMST331Iss in Communication Studies3.0FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or better.
CMST332Communication Research3.0FS
1 course selected from:
CMST131Speech Comm Fundamentals3.0FS *
CMST131HSpeech Communication: Honors3.0FA *
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.
1 course selected from:
CMST334Gender and Communication3.0FS *
CMST335Intercult Comm Theory/Pract3.0FS Eth

Major Option Course Requirements: 24-27 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required dependent upon the option chosen. Students must select one of the following options for completion of the major course requirements.

Prior to enrolling in any 400-level courses, all students must complete CMST 131, CMST 233, and CMST 331 with a C- or better. Students selecting the Organizational Communication Option must also complete CMST 370 with a C- or better before enrolling in any 400-level courses. Students selecting the Human Communication Option must complete CMST 255 or CMST 354 with a C- or better before enrolling in any 400-level courses.

THE OPTION IN ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION: 24 units

5 courses required:
CMST132Small Group Communication3.0FS *
CMST370Intro to Organizational Comm3.0FS
CMST470Organizational Comm Theories3.0FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 233, CMST 331, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher for CMST majors or by faculty permission for non-majors.
CMST472Org Ldrshp & Decsn Making3.0FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, CMST 131, CMST 233, CMST 331, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher; CMST 132 for CMST majors or by faculty permission for non-majors.
CMST489Internship Program1.010.0FS
Prerequisites: Completion of 18 units within either the Degree Core, Organizational Communication Option, or Human Communication Option.

CMST 489 must be taken for 3 units.

2 courses selected from:
CMST480Mnging Intprs Conflct Thru Com3.0FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 233, CMST 331, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher.
CMST482Advanced Comm & Career Skills3.0FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 233, CMST 331, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher; CMST 132.
CMST484Advanced Interviewing Skills3.0FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 233, CMST 331, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher; CMST 132 for CMST majors or by faculty permission for non-majors. 3 units selected from:

Upper-division communication elective units (CMST) selected in consultation with your adviser.

NOTE: No more than 8 units of Forensics (CMST 139 and CMST 339) may be counted toward total university requirements.

Formal Minor Requirement

Communication Studies majors with an option in Organizational Communication must complete a formal minor or a second major in a department outside of Communication Studies. Students must obtain their major adviser's approval on their selection of a minor and courses for the minor.

THE OPTION IN HUMAN COMMUNICATION: 27 units

Option Core: 12 units

4 courses required:
CMST251Adv Presentational Speaking3.0FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131.
CMST255Argumentation and Debate3.0FS *
Prerequisites: CMST 131 or CMST 132.
CMST354Persuasion3.0FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131.
CMST451Rhetorical Communicatn Theory3.0FA WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, CMST 131, CMST 233, CMST 331, and CMST 255 or CMST 354 with a grade of C- or higher.

Option Breadth: 9 units

Students must choose one course from each of the following categories.

Cultural Context

1 course selected from:
CMST132Small Group Communication3.0FS *
CMST334Gender and Communication3.0FS *
CMST335Intercult Comm Theory/Pract3.0FS Eth
CMST356Genocide and Mass Persuasion3.0FS *NW
CMST455Israeli Public Address3.0F2
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 233, CMST 331, and CMST 255 or CMST 354 with a grade of C- or higher for CMST majors only.
CMST459Health Communication3.0FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 331; CMST 233 and CMST 354 or CMST 255 or CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher; either CMST 334 or CMST 335.

Public Advocacy

1 course selected from:
CMST424Public Opinion and Propaganda3.0FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 233, CMST 331, and CMST 354, or CMST 255, or CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher for CMST majors only.
CMST428Politics and the Media3.0FA
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 233, CMST 331, and CMST 354, or CMST 255, or CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher for CMST majors only.
CMST458Social Movement Communication3.0SP
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 233, CMST 331, and CMST 255 or CMST 354 with a grade of C- or higher.

Rhetoric

1 course selected from:
CMST339Forensics1.03.0FS
CMST350Rhetorical Criticism3.0FA
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 331, or faculty permission.
CMST454Jewish Rhetoric3.0F1 WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher (MJIS majors). CMST 131, CMST 233, CMST 331, and CMST 255 or CMST 354 with a grade of C- or higher for CMST majors only.
CMST457Adv Study of Public Address3.0FA
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 233, CMST 331, and CMST 255 or CMST 354 with a grade of C- or higher.

Option Electives: 6 units

Select two courses from the following that have not been taken for any other requirement.

2 courses selected from:
CMST132Small Group Communication3.0FS *
CMST139Forensics1.03.0FS
OR (the following course may be substituted for the above)
CMST339Forensics1.03.0FS
CMST334Gender and Communication3.0FS *
CMST335Intercult Comm Theory/Pract3.0FS Eth
CMST350Rhetorical Criticism3.0FA
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 331, or faculty permission.
CMST356Genocide and Mass Persuasion3.0FS *NW
CMST424Public Opinion and Propaganda3.0FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 233, CMST 331, and CMST 354, or CMST 255, or CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher for CMST majors only.
CMST428Politics and the Media3.0FA
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 233, CMST 331, and CMST 354, or CMST 255, or CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher for CMST majors only.
CMST454Jewish Rhetoric3.0F1 WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher (MJIS majors). CMST 131, CMST 233, CMST 331, and CMST 255 or CMST 354 with a grade of C- or higher for CMST majors only.
CMST455Israeli Public Address3.0F2
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 233, CMST 331, and CMST 255 or CMST 354 with a grade of C- or higher for CMST majors only.
CMST457Adv Study of Public Address3.0FA
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 233, CMST 331, and CMST 255 or CMST 354 with a grade of C- or higher.
CMST458Social Movement Communication3.0SP
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 233, CMST 331, and CMST 255 or CMST 354 with a grade of C- or higher.
CMST459Health Communication3.0FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 331; CMST 233 and CMST 354 or CMST 255 or CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher; either CMST 334 or CMST 335.
CMST489Internship Program1.010.0FS
Prerequisites: Completion of 18 units within either the Degree Core, Organizational Communication Option, or Human Communication Option.
CMST498Special Topics1.03.0FS

NOTE: No more than 8 units of Forensics (CMST 139 and CMST 339) may be counted toward university requirements.

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor's degree, select additional elective courses from the total university offerings. You should consult with an adviser regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your university experience and possibly apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate adviser for specific information.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major. It involves 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

Your Honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair. Most importantly, however, the Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the university for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or competition in shows; such experience is valuable for graduate school and later professional life.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are

1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. At least 3 of these 6 units are independent study (499H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B. 2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units. 3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department. 4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department. 5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year. 6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your Honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major adviser for further information.

Students may apply for admission to the Honors in the Major Program in the College of Communication and Education. In addition to other specific requirements, each Honors student will conduct and publicly present an original research project. Consult the honors adviser in the College of Communication and Education for specific details.