The School of Communication is committed to quality graduate and undergraduate education in the field of human communication. We prepare students for civic life, professional careers and further graduate study. We are committed to cutting edge research and instructional innovation which advances understandings of culture, health, institutions, interaction, politics, relationships, and rhetoric in everyday life. We are dedicated to serving San Diego State University, the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, and the diverse communities in the urban region in which we live and work.

Communication involves the study of all aspects of human communication. All social life, from family, romantic, work, and political relationships are established exclusively through the process of communication. The School of Communication's curriculum recognizes the importance of communication knowledge and skills in an increasingly complex world. The major includes traditional concepts and theories that form the basis of these skills.

Surveys of managers consistently indicate the most important abilities required of prospective employees are in the realm of effective communication. Communication students often augment their education with minors in potential applied arenas of public life, such as leadership, business administration, psychology, sociology, political science, women's studies, public rhetoric and writing studies, international security and conflict resolution, and other applied areas.  The School also recommends international and study abroad focused minors.

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication provides in-depth study of varied forms of human communication. The major focuses on the study of organizing principles and patterns of social life through observation, analysis, and criticism of human interactions, communication behavior, mediated systems, and technological innovations. The major draws attention to the distinctive character of communication across diverse activities, relationships, organizations, media, and cultures.

Special Features

Forensics Program. A nationally recognized forensic program provides individualized training in competitive intercollegiate debate, and individual events such as persuasive, extemporaneous, impromptu and expository speaking.

Many of the programs offered by the School of Communication are closely related to students' academic activities. Student Clubs and Organizations available through the School include Lambda Pi Eta.

Student organizations provide social and alumni events, career-related programs, field trips, and guest speakers. New members are always welcome and information about the organizations and how to contact club officers is available from the School of Communication office.

Work Experience. Internship programs that place students in work situations requiring the direct application of the skills learned in the classroom help students gain greater insight into the career they are about to enter, and also provide employers a glimpse of the capabilities of potential employees.

Career Opportunities

Communication provides the necessary conceptual background and practical skills for most people-related professions. Graduates often go on to develop careers in consulting, management, campaign coordination, negotiation, media criticism, nonprofit program management, public service, personnel, human resources, public relations, motivational speaking, assessment, and research consultation. Graduates tend to be entrepreneurial, and many have started their own businesses. Many also go on to top graduate schools in Communication or law school.

To further explore career options in this field, visit the Career Services Web site for more information.

General Catalog

You can view more complete information regarding the School of Communication in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a General Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.