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 advisor 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: 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.

Major Core Program: 30 units

10 courses required:

CMST 131 Speech Comm Fundamentals 3.0 FS *
CMST 132 Small Group Communication 3.0 FS *
CMST 233 Found of Interpersonal Com 3.0 FS
CMST 330 Intro to Comm Studies 3.0 FS
CMST 331 Communication Scholarship 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or better.
CMST 332 Communication Research 3.0 FS
CMST 335 Intercult Comm Theory/Pract 3.0 FS Eth
CMST 350 Found of Rhet Comm Theory/Prac 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 330, and CMST 331 with a garde of C- or higher.
CMST 370 Intro to Organizational Comm 3.0 FS
CMST 489 Internship Program 1.0 -10.0 FS
Prerequisites: Completion of 18 units within either the Major Core, Organizational Communication Option, or Communication and Public Affairs Option.

Note: CMST 489 must be taken for at least 3 units.

Communication Studies students must pass CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, CMST 350, and CMST 370 with a C- or better prior to enrolling in any 400-level CMST courses.

Major Option Course Requirements: 15 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.

The Option in Organizational Communication: 15 units

3 courses required:

CMST 470 Organizational Comm Theories 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, CMST 350, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher for CMST majors or by faculty permission for non-majors.
CMST 472 Org Ldrshp & Decsn Making 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, CMST 350, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher; CMST 132 for CMST majors or by faculty permission for non-majors.
CMST 484 Advanced Interviewing Skills 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, CMST 350, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher; CMST 132 for CMST majors or by faculty permission for non-majors.

6 units selected from:

CMST 139A Forensics 1.0 FS
CMST 139B Forensics 2.0 FS
CMST 139C Forensics 3.0 FS
CMST 334 Gender and Communication 3.0 FS *
CMST 356 Genocide and Mass Persuasion 3.0 Inq * NW

This course is also offered as MJIS 356, and SOCI 356.

CMST 424 Public Opinion and Propaganda 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, CMST 350, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher for CMST majors only.

This course is also offered as JOUR 424, and POLS 424.

CMST 428 Politics and the Media 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, CMST 350, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher for CMST majors only.

This course is also offered as JOUR 428, and POLS 428.

CMST 459 Health Communication 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, CMST 350, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher; either CMST 334 or CMST 335.
CMST 462 Rhetoric: Contexts and Issues 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, CMST 350, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher.
CMST 482 Advanced Comm & Career Skills 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, CMST 350, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher; CMST 132.
CMST 486 Contemp Issues in Org Comm 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, CMST 350, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher.
CMST 488 Comm Issues in Nonprofits 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, CMST 350, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher.

Note: No more than 8 units of Forensics (CMST 139 and CMST 339) may be counted toward total University requirments.

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 advisor's approval on their selection of a minor and courses for the minor and both departments' approval for courses for the minor.

The Option in Communication and Public Affairs: 15 units

3 courses required:

CMST 255 Argumentation and Debate 3.0 FS *
Prerequisites: CMST 131 or CMST 132.
CMST 354 Persuasion 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131.
CMST 452 Freedom of Speech 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, CMST 350, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher; for CMST majors or by faculty permission for non-majors.

6 units selected from:

CMST 139A Forensics 1.0 FS
CMST 139B Forensics 2.0 FS
CMST 139C Forensics 3.0 FS
CMST 334 Gender and Communication 3.0 FS *
CMST 356 Genocide and Mass Persuasion 3.0 Inq * NW

This course is also offered as MJIS 356, and SOCI 356.

CMST 424 Public Opinion and Propaganda 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, CMST 350, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher for CMST majors only.

This course is also offered as JOUR 424, and POLS 424.

CMST 428 Politics and the Media 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, CMST 350, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher for CMST majors only.

This course is also offered as JOUR 428, and POLS 428.

CMST 459 Health Communication 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, CMST 350, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher; either CMST 334 or CMST 335.
CMST 462 Rhetoric: Contexts and Issues 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, CMST 350, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher.
CMST 482 Advanced Comm & Career Skills 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, CMST 350, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher; CMST 132.
CMST 486 Contemp Issues in Org Comm 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, CMST 350, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher.
CMST 488 Comm Issues in Nonprofits 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, CMST 350, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher.

Note: No more than 8 units of Forensics (CMST 139 and CMST 339) may be counted toward total University requirments.

Formal Minor Requirement

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

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 advisor 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 advisor 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.

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. 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.

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 units are independent study (399H, 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 for your major 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% of majors in your department.

4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% 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 advisor to apply.

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 advisor in the College of Communication and Education for specific details.