The Major

Communication majors have an opportunity to study the diverse spectrum of topics encompassed by this dynamic discipline. Courses from approximately twelve different departments, spanning both the College of Letters and Science and the School of Fine Arts are included within the major’s requirements. Although Communication is a Social Science major in the College of Letters and Science, the Divisions of Humanities, Life Sciences, and Physical Sciences also contribute courses to the department curriculum.

The unique breadth of subject matter provides students with a background of scholarship that prepares them for a variety of careers. Students may take courses from Mass Communication and Media Studies, Interpersonal Communication, Communication Technology and Digital Systems, and Political and Legal Communication. In addition, they can also pursue a Computing Specialization, a minor, or a double major.

Communication classes range in size from the typical enrollment of approximately 250 students in COMM 10 to intimate seminars that generally are restricted to approximately 25. Many Communication courses are open to non-majors as well as majors.

The subject matter of courses offered by the Department of Communication encompasses many contemporary issues such as computational methods in media analysis, social networks, political communication, social vision, and evolutionary approaches to interpersonal communication. Faculty research enriches the material covered in Communication classes and contributes to the intellectually challenging educational experience our department offers to its students.

Departmental Honors are available to students with at least a GPA of 3.6 in the major who complete a required course of study and an independent research project during their senior year. Many majors participate in the Letters and Science College Honors Program, and these students can graduate with both College Honors and Departmental Honors.

Communication majors receive a theoretical foundation in the social sciences that is an excellent preparation for graduate level study in their choice of academic fields and professional schools. Many students are also concerned with applications to other careers, and the department helps them make this important connection. The theories and principles of Communication that majors study are augmented by a special Field Studies course available to them in their junior and senior years. By engaging in the hands-on activities of a series of internships, students learn how to apply theory to practice. This experience gives Communication graduates a head start on their career path. In addition to holding important positions in academic and other scholarly areas, UCLA Communication alumni are currently engaged in a wide range of business enterprises, such as law, medicine, broadcasting, film/television production, journalism, management, public relations, and advertising.

The major in communication is an interdisciplinary curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. It seeks to provide students with comprehensive knowledge of the nature of human communication at multiple levels of analysis. The major coursework includes content from the natural and social sciences, as well as the humanities.

What do you do with a major in communication?

Communication majors at UCLA often select the following areas for either graduate studies or careers: