Communication Major Requirements
and Application Sheet
Petitions for Degree Requirements
Declaring the Comm major:
Upon completion of the pre-major course requirements with a 3.0 GPA or higher and no grade lower than a C-, students can request to be admitted into the full major. Students are advised to submit a Change of Major form to declare the full major during the quarter in which they are enrolled in their last pre-major class. This also applies to students who become eligible to appeal upon completion of the pre-major. Forms will start to get processed at the end of the quarter when grades reflect on Gold and will be completed 4-6 weeks later by the Registrar.
Communication Major Overview:
During the regular academic year, upper-division Communication courses are restricted to full majors only. During summer sessions, any student may take upper-division Communication courses. Courses completed during summer session will not be applied to fulfillment of major requirements until the student major status is officially updated on GOLD to Communication. Please do not ask for approval codes prior to the first day of instruction.
Once students are formally processed into the full major, they must complete 40 upper division Comm units. Courses must be taken for a letter grade; P/N grades will not count toward major. While there are no required full major courses, the following limitations apply:
By petition, students may apply up to 8 units of the following courses from outside the Department of Communication:
- Asian American Studies 127
- Chicano Studies 103, 187
- Environmental Studies 161
- Global Studies 157
- Linguistics 124, 130, 132, 170, 180, 187
- Philosophy 100C
- Political Science 154, 172, 173
- Psychology 102, 125, 143
- Sociology 147
Note: Some of the above courses may have prerequisites and may be closed to non-majors.
A total of 16 units combined of Communication 181ABC, 194, 199, and 199RA may be applied toward the full major, with no more than 12 units of 194, 199, and 199RA combined.
Students may take up to 12 units from the Comm 160 series.
Senior standing students may take up to 8 units from the 175 series.
Please see the Undergraduate FAQ for Comm Majors for more information and answers to questions (e.g., regarding graduation requirements, special topics courses, internship credit, etc.).