Department of Communication
Douglas M. Fraleigh, Chair
Speech Arts Building, Room 15
Degrees and Programs Offered
BA in Communication, B.A.
MA in Communication, M.A.
MN in Communication, Minor
Our aim is to prepare students to understand and provide leadership in a competitive
communication-oriented society. We offer a balance of humanistic and scientific instruction
in communication skills people need to function effectively in teaching, business,
law, nonprofit organizations, public service and administration, public relations,
government, and management. Outside the workplace, these skills will also enhance
students' ability to be active in civic engagement and community service.
Our program requires a comprehensive understanding of the breadth and depth of our discipline, as well as its major theoretical frameworks and research methodologies. Both the major and minor are grounded in the fundamental communication contexts including public, interpersonal, group, organizational, instructional, and intercultural communication. Additionally applied contexts in business communication, gerontology communication, technology, and leadership are available. Students investigate problems in diverse cultural settings, which make the San Joaquin Valley - with its tremendous ethnic diversity - an ideal location for study.
The Communication Skills for Professionals Certificate program recognizes development in such areas as presentational speaking, problem solving and decision making, leadership, and interpersonal communication.
Our program offers a variety of exciting activities to enrich students' educational experience. We have an active student organization, the Professional Communication Association, and a debate team that participates in competitive intercollegiate tournaments and hosts public debates on campus. Our annual Peach Blossom Festival brings more than 5,000 elementary-age students to campus to present prose and poetry.
We offer you personalized advising. Our major builds on a sound core of foundation courses and is completed by courses selected to meet your needs and career objectives. Our major requirements are flexible and easily integrated into a host of minors.
Communication Minor Requirements
Increasingly, oral and written communication, problem solving and decision making,
leadership, and conflict resolution skills are being recognized as vital skills for
professionals in all fields of work. The Communication Minor is designed to develop
these competencies in order to help students better meet their particular career goals.
While a specific minor is recommended, you may wish to consult with your department
adviser about designing a minor to suit your special objectives.
Core requirements (15 units)
COMM 5, 7, 8, 100, 140
Electives (6 units)
Approved upper-division communication courses
Total (21 units)
Note: The Communication Minor also requires a 2.0 GPA and 6 upper-division units in residence.
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