Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Students pursuing the major in Communication must complete the required lower and upper division courses as set forth below. This major currently includes at least 45 units comprised of 7 lower and 10-11 upper division courses. Changes in specific courses included in the Communication 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 Communication undergraduate advisor.

Enrollment in the major is limited. Admission to the major is by application to the committee in charge. Applications are available at http://www.commstudies.ucla.edu to regularly enrolled UCLA students during Spring Quarter.  

TRANSFER STUDENTS

Transfer applicants to the Communication major with 90 or more units must complete at least four of the following seven lower division requirement courses by the end of Fall semester prior to transfer from community college or four year university: Communication 10 or one interpersonal communication and one mass communication course, one public address course, one linguistics course, one statistics course, and three courses from psychology, American government, sociology, and microeconomics or political economy.  

PLEASE NOTE: An Advanced Placement (AP) score of 4 or higher can be used in place of the major prep course for the Statistics, Psychology, or Microeconomics requirements but will NOT count towards the minimum four letter graded prep courses by the end of Fall semester prior to transfer for a valid application.


Refer to the UCLA Transfer Admission Guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission: http://www.admissions.ucla.edu/prospect/Adm_tr/tradms.htm 

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN COMMUNICATION  (current UCLA students)

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

I. Seven Lower Division Courses Required for the Major:

  • Comm 1
  • Comm 10
  • Anthro 4 (formerly Anthro 33) or CS M70 or Ling 1
  • Econ 41 or Stats 10  * A score of 4 or higher on the AP Statistics exam can be used in place of the statistics course

And select three (3) additional courses from:

  • Econ 1 or Econ 5 or Poli Sci 30 * A score of 4 or higher on the AP Microeconomics exam can be used in place of microeconomics course
  • Poli Sci 40
  • Psych 10 * A score of 4 or higher on the AP Psychology exam can be used in place of the psychology course
  • Soc 1

The Major

Students must complete ten (10) to eleven (11) upper division courses as follows:  [Note that the practicum requirement can be satisfied by a course that also satisfies a field course requirement, in which case it would add zero additional units beyond the core and field course units].

II. Core Requirements

  • Comm 100
  • Comm 150 * Stats 10 prerequisite

III. Required Area Courses: A total of eight courses from the following four areas, including at least one core course in each area:

A.  Mass Communication and Media Institutions—
Core courses: Communication 133, 140, M147, 152.  Elective courses:  Asian Am 172C; Communication 105, 106, 107, 128, 132, 136, M137, 141, 143, 145, 146, 148, M149, M153, 157, M159, M165, 166, M169, M175, 179, 182, 183, 187, 188A, 191A, Film and Television 108, Political Science M142D. 

B.  Interpersonal Communication—
Core courses: Communication 110, 111, M113, 114, 120, 126.  Elective Courses: Anthropology 135A, M140, 141, Communication 109, 112, 116, M117, 118, 119, M123W, M125, M127, M144A, M144B, 188B, 191B, Linguistics 103, 170, Philosophy 172; Psychology 135, 137C, 137I (or Sociology M165), 177, 178 (or Sociology 132), Sociology 134 or 156.

C.  Communication Technology and Digital Systems—
Core courses: Communication 129, 151, 154, 156, 158.  Elective courses:  Communication 155, 157, 188C, 191C, Geography 138.

D.  Political and Legal Communication—
Core courses: Communication 101, 160, M161, 162, 170.  Elective courses:  Communication 102, 163, 164, 167, 168, 171, M172, M176, 178, 184, 188D, 191D, Political Science M141A, 141B, 141C, 141E or Sociology 133.

IV. Required Practicum Course: One course from Communication 101, 102, 109, 103A, 103B, 104, 111, 116, M117, 160, M176, 188E, 191E.