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Bachelor of Arts in Communications at College of the Canyons
The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications, located on the College of the Canyons (COC) campus, provides coursework to prepare students for careers as communications professionals. The curriculum stresses knowledge of communications processes, an expected proficiency in writing and practice, awareness of professional responsibilities, knowledge of ethical practices, and acquaintance with laws governing the use of mass media. Graduates find rewarding careers as journalists, public relations professionals, marketing professionals, bloggers, writers, social media managers and more.
The program presents a combination of theoretical knowledge, practice, and analytical skills oriented to the recognition and solution of communication problems as they occur in their various forms and within diverse contexts and media. Students will complete a concentration in either Public Relations or Journalism; however, the general emphasis of this degree program is toward breadth and flexibility within the major. Students complete the equivalent of 2 years of coursework at a community college prior to applying for admission. Transfer courses will include all lower division general education requirements, and students are advised to have all general education coursework certified.
CSUB classes are completed online. COC classes are completed in-person at the COC campus in Santa Clarita, Calif.
The priority application deadline for Summer 2017 admission is March 3, 2017. The regular deadline is April 7, 2017. See admission requirements below and the downloadable application for more details.
- 60 transferable units from an accredited college
- Area A and B4 of general education requirements completed (it is advised that all lower division general education be completed prior to admission to ensure timely program completion)
- 2.0 GPA in all college coursework
- Completed CSUB Extended University Undergraduate application
- One official transcript from each college attended. Digital transcripts are not accepted. Hard copy transcripts are required.
- $75 application fee
Lower Division General Education
All lower division General Education coursework will be completed at an accredited college prior to entry into the Communications program. Students should request a CSU General Education Certification when requesting transcripts.
2 years of High School foreign language or 1 semester of College level foreign language is required for graduation. CSUB will not deliver foreign language classes. If the requirement was not met in High School, students will fulfill the requirement at an institution such as COC.
Lower Division Major Coursework
COMM 200: Communications Major and Career Planning (to be taken at CSUB)
COMS 250 or MEA 100 (to be taken at COC)
Upper Division Major Coursework
COMM 304: Technical and Report Writing
COMM 309: Theories of Communication
COMM 315: Mass Media Law
COMM 490: Senior Seminar
Completion of an Area of Emphasis
COMM 206: Issues and Practices in Journalism
COMM 305: Public Relations
COMM 350: Public Relations Strategies and Tactics
COMM 432: Case Studies in Public Relations
COMM 206: Issues and Practices in Journalism
COMM 306: Journalism & Report Writing
COMM 311: Feature Writing
COMM 404: Public Affairs Reporting
COMM 360: Gender and Communication
COMM 370: Intercultural Communication
COMM 376: Interpersonal Communication
COMM 378: Film Aesthetics and Criticism
COMM 407: Mass Media & Society
COMM 460: History of Film
Two courses from the departmental offerings
Upper Division General Education
Theme 1: Natural Sciences and Technology
Theme 2: Arts and Humanities
Theme 3: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Gender Race, & Ethnicity
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Upcoming Application Deadlines
Summer 2017 Admission
Priority - March 3, 2017
Regular - April 7, 2017
Fall 2017 Admission
Priority - May 5, 2017
Regular - June 16, 2017
Spring 2018 Admission
Priority - October 6, 2017
Regular - November 10, 2017