Communication, B.A.



Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

Communication Major

The communication major is designed to provide broad-based competencies in oral and written communication, critical analysis of human discourse, and social scientific and humanistic research methods. The major also emphasizes how this theoretical knowledge is applied in specific contexts ranging from personal relationships to business management to public advocacy.

1. Major requirements (42 units)
Fundamental communication processes and skills (6 units)
Select two from COMM 3, 4, 5, 6H, 7, 8, 15

Core competencies (12 units)***
COMM 100, 140, 142, 166

Personal and professional communication (18 units)
Select a minimum of two courses in each area

Electives in major (6 units)**
Select an additional 6 units of upper-division communication coursework.

2. General Education requirements (49 units)

3. Other requirements (6 units)
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5. Total units (120)****

* See Advising Note 1.
** See Advising Note 2.
*** See Advising Note 6.
**** G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. See advisor for details. 

Advising Notes

  1. The 6 units of COMM 3, 5, 7 and/or 8 may be applied to fulfill General Education Foundation A1 and A3 requirements.
  2. No more than 3 units from COMM 15 and 6 units from COMM 115 can count toward fulfillment of the communication major. No more than 3 units from COMM 115 can be applied to the Advocacy in Public Settings Area.
  3. CR/NC grading is not permitted in the communication major with the exception of COMM 179I (Internship).
  4. No more than 6 units of COMM 179I (Internship) may be applied toward completion of the communication major.
  5. Students are allowed only 3 units of COMM 190 and no more than 6 units toward the baccalaureate degree.
  6. A grade of C or better is required in COMM 100, 140, 142, and 166 to fulfill the core competencies requirement.


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Bachelor of Arts in Communication

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Students studying on campus

The communication program presents a balance of humanistic and scientific instruction including communication skills people need to function effectively in teaching, business, law, the communication professions, public service, politics and management. Students have an opportunity to explore the full range of human communication.

Recognizing that some careers require extensive knowledge about specific communication practices (in occupations ranging from politics and law to human resources and public relations), while virtually every field demands competence in oral and written communication skills, the Department’s undergraduate program offers degree and certificate options tailored to our students varying needs.

What You Can Earn

Public Relations Specialist
$47,107 (in our region)

Communications Manager
$91,101 (in our region)

Vendor Management Analyst
$48,599 (in our region)

Source: HR Reported data on as of December 2012

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • The Dark Side of Close Relationships
  • Leadership in Groups and Organizations
  • Rhetoric of Terrorism
  • Freedom of Expression


What You Can Learn

  • Various theories of interpersonal communication
  • Communication and problem solving in group settings
  • The use of persuasion as a social tool for resolving controversy and opinions from the perspectives of both the persuader and the persuaded
  • The nature of communication and its relationship to learning and instruction


About the College

The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

College Contact Information

College of Arts & Humanities
Office of the Dean
2380 E. Keats MS/MB99
Fresno CA 93740-8024

(559) 278-3056
FAX: (559) 278-6758

Where We Are Located

We are located in the west wing of the Music Building in Room 186.

Department Contact Information

Department of Communication
5201 North Maple Ave, M/S SA 46
Fresno, CA 93740-8027

Office Location: Speech Arts 15

Phone: 559.278.2826
FAX: 559.278.4113