Important Message from SSU: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sonoma State University has transitioned to remote instruction for spring 2020. Employees are working remotely in almost all departments. Email is the best way to communicate with faculty and staff. Please see the SSU COVID-19 site for more information.
COMS "News and Events": Be sure to check out our "News and Events" section for an important message from your COMS Dept. Chair about Coronavirus precautions and preparations.
Important Dates:  
  • March 2, 2020: Change of Major Applications available in COMS office
  • March 16-20, 2020: Spring Break
  • March 23, 2020: Change of Major Applications Deadline (tentative)
  • March 31, 2020: Cesar Chavez Day 
  • April 20, 2020: Fall Registration Begins

Communication & Media Studies

 Are you considering a career in media? Our department offers media-focused courses, experienced professors and a hands-on learning experience. Our classes cross over a diverse range of topics and skillsets which allow students to be knowledgeable in many aspects of the media industry.

What is Media Studies?

Media Studies explores the history and impact of media on society as well as research theory and methods of media analysis. Our core curriculum is designed to make students smarter, more savvy media consumers as well as more thoughtful and ethical media practitioners.

Tricaster Studio

We also provide our students with a robust curriculum that allows them to develop media skills in a variety of areas, including video production, writing for the media, public relations, broadcasting and digital media. Students have the opportunity to focus on specific skills or developing skills across the media spectrum.

Change of Major

Do you want to become a COMS Major?

COMS is an impacted major. Check the “announcements” box on this website for the latest dates and information about our application process. Please request to be notified when applications are available each semester. COMS Change of Major - Request to be Notified

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