Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies Roadmap

120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 40

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
COMM 150 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 1 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication (A2) 2 3
GE Area B: Quantitative Reasoning (B4) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 3 3
 Units15
Second Semester
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
 
GE Area B: Physical Science (B1) and Laboratory Science (B3) 4 3-4
GE Area C: Arts (C1) or Humanities (C2) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 3 3
 Units15-16
Third Semester
Introductory Course (6 units) – Select One 5 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) if not already satisfied 3
 
GE Area B: Life Science (B2) and Laboratory Science (B3) 4 3-4
GE Area C: Arts (C1) 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
 Units15-16
Fourth Semester
Introductory Course (6 units) – Select One 5 3
GE Area C: Humanities: Literature (C3) 3
GE Area D: Social Sciences (D1) 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 3 3
 Units15
Fifth Semester
Electives (8 units) 6 1-4
Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement – Select One 7 4
Social Contexts and Interaction in Communication (8 units) – Select One 8 4
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Two 3 6
 Units15-18
Sixth Semester
Electives (8 units) 6 1-4
Social Contexts and Interaction in Communication (8 units) – Select One 8 4
Rhetoric and Performance in Communication (8 units) – Select One 9 4
GE Area UD-D: Upper Division Social Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 3 3
 Units15-18
Seventh Semester
Communication Inquiry – Select One 10 4
Electives (8 units) 6 2-4
Rhetoric and Performance in Communication (8 units) – Select One 4
GE Area UD-C: Upper Division Arts and/or Humanities (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 3 3
 Units16-18
Eighth Semester
COMM 670 Seminar in Communication Studies 2
Electives (8 units) 6 0-4
GE Area UD-B: Upper Division Physical and/or Life Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Three 3 9
 Units14-18
 Total Units120-134
1

To avoid taking additional units, it is recommended that you meet LLD and SF State Studies requirements (AERM, GP, ES, SJ) within your GE or major.

2

ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you choose ENG 104/ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.

3

Complementary Studies

Bachelor of Arts students must complete at least 12 units of complementary studies outside of the primary prefix for the major. (Note: Students may not use an alternate prefix that is cross-listed with the primary prefix for the major.)

Students who complete two majors or a major and a minor automatically complete the complementary studies requirement. Additional ways to complete complementary studies for students in the communication studies major is completion of 12 units from one of the following:

  • Partial completion of a second major, minor, or certificate in courses other than COMM, and not cross-listed with COMM.
  • A single language other than English.
  • A CSU or SF State supported study abroad program. (With advisor approval, some or all of the units taken as part of study abroad may be counted toward units in the major.)
  • In one subject (prefix) other than COMM and not cross-listed with COMM.

Students who have earned AA-T or AS-T degrees and are pursuing a similar B.A. degree at SF State are required to fulfill the Complementary Studies requirement as defined by the major department. Students should consult with a major advisor about how transfer units and/or SF State units can best be applied to this requirement in order to ensure degree completion within 60 units.

4

Consider taking a class combined with a laboratory or a separate lab to fulfill B3 if not already satisfied.

5

Introductory Course (6 units)

COMM 120 Language, Culture, and Power (3 units)

COMM 220 Introduction to the Performance of Literature (3 units)

COMM 230 Introduction to Argumentation and Debate (3 units)

COMM 240 Introduction to Nonverbal Communication (3 units)

COMM 250 Introduction to Group Discussion and Teamwork (3 units)

6

Electives (8 units)

COMM 368 Forensics (2 units)

COMM 685 Projects in the Teaching of Communication (1-4 units)

COMM 695 Internship/Service Learning in Communication Studies (4 units)

COMM 699 Independent Study (1-4 units)

7

Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement

COMM 304GW Writing About Communication and Masculinities - GWAR (4 units)

COMM 312GW Writing about Interpersonal Communication - GWAR (4 units)

COMM 321GW Writing About Communication Theory - GWAR (4 units)

COMM 322GW Writing About Organizational Communication - GWAR (4 units)

COMM 334GW Writing About Mediation - GWAR (4 units)

COMM 344GW Writing About Popular Media - GWAR (4 units)

COMM 348GW Writing About Environmental Rhetoric - GWAR (4 units)

COMM 361GW Writing About Social Semiotics - GWAR (4 units)

COMM 362GW Writing About Discourse in Interaction - GWAR (4 units)

8

Social Contexts and Interaction in Communication (8 units)

COMM 502 Interpersonal Communication (4 units)

COMM 503 Gender and Communication (4 units)

COMM 504 Communication and Masculinities (4 units)

COMM 515 Family Communication (4 units)

COMM 522 Organizational Communication (4 units)

COMM 525 Sexual Identity and Communication (4 units)

COMM 527 Health Communication (4 units)

COMM 531 Conflict Resolution (4 units)

COMM 533 Communication and Empowerment in Organizations (4 units)

COMM 534 Mediation Theory and Practice (4 units)

COMM 537 Leadership Communication (4 units)

COMM 538 Discourse in Interaction (4 units)

COMM 541 Critical Approaches to Culture and Communication (4 units)

COMM 543 Dialogues Across Differences (4 units)

COMM 544 Communication and Aging (4 units)

9

Rhetoric and Performance in Communication (8 units)

COMM 551 Persuasion (4 units)

COMM 552 Women and Words (4 units)

COMM 553 Oral Interpretation of the First Person Voice (4 units)

COMM 554 Oral Interpretation of Children's Literature (4 units)

COMM 555 Ensemble Performance Workshop (4 units)

COMM 556 Performance Art: Aesthetic Communication Criticism (4 units)

COMM 559 Theory and Practice in Advanced Public Speaking (4 units)

COMM 560 Political Communication (4 units)

COMM 561 Social Semiotics (4 units)

COMM 564 Issues in Free Speech (4 units)

COMM 565 Rhetorical Theory (4 units)

COMM 566 Communication and Social Process (4 units)

COMM 570 Human Communication and New Technologies (4 units)

COMM 571 The Rhetoric of Terrorism (4 units)

COMM 572 Rhetoric of the Environment (4 units)

COMM 573 The Rhetoric of Criminality and Punishment (4 units)

COMM 590 Advanced Performance Study (4 units)

10

Communication Inquiry

COMM 661 Quantitative Methods in Communication (4 units)

COMM 662 Critical and Rhetorical Methods in Communication (4 units)

COMM 663 Performative Methods in Communication (4 units)

COMM 664 LSI Methods in Communication (4 units)