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  • Objectives
    The major in Communication Studies is an interdisciplinary curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. It seeks to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of the nature of human communication, the symbol systems by which it functions, the environments in which it occurs, its media, and its effects. Employing critical and empirical approaches, the major draws its resources from the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts.

    Two areas of focus are offered:

    * The concentration in mass communication centers on formal and institutional communication systems and the macrocosmic social contexts in which they function
    * The concentration in interpersonal communication centers on face-to-face communicative interaction.
  • Course description
    Students pursuing the major in Communication Studies must complete the required lower and upper division courses as set forth below. This major currently includes at least 89 units comprised of 7 lower and 14 upper division courses. Changes in specific courses included in the C.S. curriculum are made from time to time. These changes may not immediately be reflected on this website. Where discrepancies between this website and the UCLA Catalog occur it is best to check with the C.S. counselor.

    Enrollment in the major is limited. Admission to the major is by application to the committee in charge. Applications are available to UCLA students online during the spring quarter.


    REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES

    A letter grade is required for all courses in the major.

    I. Seven Lower Division Courses Required for the Major:

        * CS 1
        * CS 10
        * Anthro 33 or CS M70 or Ling 1 or Soc 24
        * Stats 10 or Stats 11 or Econ 41

    And select three (3) additional courses from:

        * Econ 1 or Econ 2 or Econ 5 or Poli Sci 30
        * Poli Sci 40
        * Psych 10
        * Soc 1


    II. Core Requirements

        * CS 100
        * CS 101
        * CS 150


    III. Major Emphasis Requirements

    Students must select from one of two areas of emphasis:
    (A) Mass Communication or (B) Interpersonal Communication.


    A. Mass Communication Emphasis

    Note: Each course listed as an option can only be applied to one requirement.

    Required: Eleven Upper Division courses as follows:

    1. Eight mass communication courses, six of which must be in communication studies selected from: Communication Studies 122, 131, 132, 133, M135, 139, 140, 141, 143, 146, M147, 148, M149, 151, 152, M153, 154, 155, 156, 158, M159, 160, M161, 162, 163, 165, 166, 167, 168, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 183, 184, 186, 187, 188A, 191A; Communication Studies 175 or Film and Television 116; English 115A; Film and Television 106A, 108, 110A; History 140A, 140B, 140C, 142A, 142B, 147A, 147B; Political Science 114A, 114B; Political Science 141B or Sociology 133.

    2. Three interpersonal communication courses selected from:Anthropology 135A, 135B, M140, 141, 142A, 142B, M145 (by petition); Communication Studies 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, M123W, M124, M125, 126, M127, 128, 129, 130, M144A, M144B, 182, 188B, 191B; Linguistics 103, 170; Philosophy 172; Psychology 137C, M165, 177, 178; Psychology 135 or Sociology 132; Psychology 137I or Sociology 135; Sociology 134; Sociology 156 or 160.

    B. Interpersonal Communication Emphasis

    Note: Each course listed as an option can only be applied to one requirement.

    Required: Eleven Upper Division courses as follows:

    1. Eight interpersonal communication courses, six of which must be in communication studies selected from: Anthropology 135A, 135B, M140, 141, 142A, 142B, M145 (by petition); Communication Studies 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, M123W, M124, M125, 126, M127, 128, 129, 130, M144A, M144B, 182, 188B, 191B; Linguistics 103, 170; Philosophy 172; Psychology 137C, M165, 177, 178; Psychology 135 or Sociology 132; Psychology 137I or Sociology 135; Sociology 134; Sociology 156 or 160.

    2. Three mass communication courses selected from: Communication Studies 122, 131, 132, 133, M135, 139, 140, 141, 143, 146, M147, 148, M149, 151, 152, M153, 154, 155, 156, 158, M159, 160, M161, 162, 163, 165, 166, 167, 168, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 183, 184, 186, 187, 188A, 191A; Communication Studies 175 or Film and Television 116; English 115A; Film and Television 106A, 108, 110A; History 140A, 140B, 140C, 142A, 142B, 147A, 147B; Political Science 114A, 114B; Political Science 141B or Sociology 133.

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