Department Requirements for Communication Majors

Please refer to the UCSB General Catalog to review our Program's major requirements, faculty, course descriptions, and more.

The major in Communication consists of two tiers of courses:

The Pre-Major: Communication 1, 87, 88, and 89

The Major: 40 units of upper-division courses

Pre-Communication Major Students

Students intending to become a Communication major are strongly encouraged to declare Pre-Communication as their major. Upon completion of the pre-major course requirements with a 3.00 GPA and no grade lower than a C-, students may petition to full major status, generally prior to the accumulation of 100 units, but not after the completion of 144 units. Admission to the pre-major does not guarantee admission to the Communication major, regardless of the number and outcome of upper division Communication units taken.

If a student has taken an introductory statistics course at UCSB other than Communication 87 (PSTAT 5A, 5LS, or Psychology 5), the grade received in that course will automatically count towards the Communication pre-major GPA. Communication 87 may not be taken after other lower-division courses in statistics.

During the regular academic year, upper-division Communication courses are restricted to full majors only. During summer session, any student may take upper-division Communication courses. However, this will not affect your eligibility for the Communication major. Courses completed during summer session will not be applied to fulfillment of major requirements until that time that the student completes the required pre-major courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in those courses and is officially accepted into the major.


Communication Majors

Students must complete 40 upper division Comm units. Courses must be taken for a letter grade; P/N grades will not count toward major. While there are no required full major courses, the following limitations apply:

Students may apply, by petition, one 4-unit elective course from the following list toward the full Comm major:

  • Environmental Studies 161
  • Linguistics 124, 130, 132, 170, 180
  • Philosophy 100C
  • Political Science 154, 171
  • Psychology 102

Note:  Some of the above courses may have prerequisites and may be closed to non-majors.

A total of 16 units combined of Communication 181ABC, 194, 199, and 199RA may be applied toward the full major, with no more than 12 units of 194, 199, and 199RA combined.

Students may take up to 12 units from the Comm 160 series.

Senior standing students may take up to 8 units from the 175 series.