Why Communication Studies at SDSU?

The undergraduate program consists of two majors.

Communication Studies. Students majoring in communication learn different ways in which communication has been conceptualized and investigated, as well as ways in which members of the communication discipline have used their knowledge and scholarship to engage a variety of social problems. Students are given opportunities to study how effective communication enhances well-being and relationships, promotes civic engagement, and allows for effective participation in a global community.

Courses focus on organizing principles and patterns of social life through observation, analysis, and criticism of human interactions, communication behavior, mediated systems, and technological innovations. This major is firmly grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and is intended to prepare students to be effective members of society, as well as valued employees in whatever careers that they may choose to pursue. Graduates have often found positions in occupations such as sales, human resources, training, education, and consulting, or have pursued advanced academic or professional degrees in fields such as law, management, and marketing.

Health Communication. The undergraduate program in Health Communication is the first in the State of California. With a base in Communication Studies courses, students majoring in Health Communication study topics such as doctor-patient communication, health communication campaigns, communication in health risk and crisis, and other topics in various contexts.

This is a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduates may seek positions in a variety of health-related industries. Some will consider graduate study in one of the fastest growing areas in our field.

Choose a Minor. Students majoring in Communication Studies or Health Communication are recommended to take a minor of their choice - we recommend minors in Leadership Development, PSFA International Studies, or other minors of your choice.

Photo of Debate TeamExtracurricular student organizations include the SDSU Aztecs Speech and Debate (Forensics) Team, which is open to all majors, Lambda Pi Eta, the scholastic honorary, open to students with high academic achievement, and Health Communication Student Organization (HCSO).

For specific questions regarding your own course plan, please consult the Undergraduate Advisor
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Undergraduate admissions

The School of Communication offers a minor in Communication. Admission to the minor requires completion of specific coursework and achieving a high cumulative GPA. Students whose majors are within the School of Communication are NOT allowed to pursue a minor within the School of Communication. Once you have completed the pre-minor requirements you are ready to be signed into your minor.   [Back to Top]