BA in Communication and Media Studies Program

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Program Requirements (44 units):

  • Major Core (24): All students complete 24 units of required coursework.
  • Major Skill (4): All students complete 4 units of skill coursework
  • Major Outlet (8): All students complete 8 units of media outlet coursework.
  • Major Electives (8): All students complete 8 units of COMS elective courses.

Core Courses (24 units required)

  • COMS 200 Principles of Media Communication or COMS 160 A/B Media & Society [also A3/C3 GE]
  • COMS 202 Methods of Media Criticism or COMS 162 A/B Media Literacy [also A3/C3 GE]
  • COMS 301 Media Theory and Research
  • COMS 302 Media Ethics and Law
  • COMS 402 Senior Seminar
  • COMS 499 Media Internship

Skills Courses (4 units required—additional units can be used for COMS Elective credit

  • COMS 201 Video Production
  • COMS 210 Web and Print Journalism
  • COMS 240 Public Relations
  • COMS 265 Radio and Audio Production
  • COMS 320 Selected Topics
  • COMS 322 Broadcast Journalism
  • COMS 323 Health, Science, and Environmental Journalism
  • COMS 324 Scriptwriting for TV
  • COMS 325 New Media
  • COMS 326 Advanced Presentation Techniques

Media Outlets (8 units required—additional units can be used for COMS Elective credit)

  • COMS 340 PR Firm
  • COMS 368 The Star
  • COMS 369 Studio Blue
  • COMS 385 KSUN

Electives (8 units required)

  • COMS 273 Selected Topic: Media Pop Culture
  • COMS 275 21st Century Television as Art
  • COMS 320 Selected Topics
  • COMS 321 International Communications
  • COMS 327 Media and Children
  • COMS 329 Reality TV and Film
  • COMS 435 Seminar in Mass Media (Cross-listed with SOCI 435)

Majors may take 4 units of Elective credit outside the department from the following list:

  • AMCS 392 Ethnic Images in Film {also a C1}
  • ARTS 310 Digital Imaging
  • CALS 393 Chicano/Latino Cinema {also C1}
  • ENGL 368 Small Press Editing
  • FR 300 Literary Analysis & Critical Writing {also C3}
  • FR 314 Special Topics in French Culture {also C2}
  • GER 314 Literature & Culture of the German-Speaking World {also C2}
  • LIBS 320C Film Theory & Narrative
  • NAMS 338 Native Americans in the Cinema {also C1}
  • SOCI 435 Media Censorship
  • SPAN 300 Advanced Spanish Language {also C3}
  • THAR 120 Fundamentals of Acting

NOTE: 4 Elective units are also earned by any of the following:

  • The COMS 160A/B LC or COMS 162A/B LC (which yields 4 Elective units for the year)
  • Taking an extra/additional Skill or Media Outlet course;
  • Taking an approved course in another Arts & Humanities department.