Undergraduate Program in the School of Communication
The undergraduate program consists of two majors: Communication or Health Communication
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 Major
The undergraduate major in Health Communication is the first in the State of California and one of only a handful of such programs in the United States. With a base in Communication 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. Students also take courses in allied health-related disciplines.
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.
The School of Communication offers a minor in Communication. Students whose majors are within the School of Communication are NOT allowed to pursue a minor within the School of Communication. The minor consists of a minimum of 21 units. Students may enroll in the minor after successfully completing the lower division, prerequisite courses.
A certificate is a prescribed set of four courses in an area. It provides a coherent set of courses and certification of completion. This is especially attractive to international students visiting campus for a semester or a year, community members, or any non-Communication major at SDSU.
The Certificate in Health Communication engages individuals in coursework that enhances their understanding of communication surrounding health and illness. Individuals develop communication competencies with diverse populations (patients, providers, policy-makers, and other health care professions). Click here for more information on Health Communication.
The Certificate in Communication engages individuals in coursework that enhances their understanding of communication within their personal and professional lives. This for-credit certificate emphasizes and develops individuals’ scholarly, creative, and professional communication competencies.
Click here for more details on the Certificate in Communication.
Completing your Studies.
Students majoring in Communication 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. However, a minor is not specifically required.
Extracurricular 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).
Advising: For specific questions regarding your own course plan, please consult one of the Undergraduate Advisors. The undergraduate advising office is located in 240 COM.