Congratulations to the Class of 2020!
The Department of Communication would like to congratulate our Class of 2020 for the achievement of earning a Bachelor's of Arts in Communication. Although you were not given the opportunity to cross the commencement stage yet, it's important that as a department, we recognize the significance of this milestone nonetheless. Remember that your degree paired with your hard work and life experiences have prepared you to make positive change in our world. While we weren't able to celebrate with you, your families, and friends in person, we hope you enjoy the following video message on behalf of our Department Chair, faculty, staff, and graduate students.
We provide baccalaureates with knowledge of social science scholarship in communication in an accessible, supportive, and respectful atmosphere while simultaneously aiding students to apply theory and research to pressing social problems. Admission to the undergraduate major requires completion of four pre-major classes (introduction to communication, theory, methods, and statistics) with a GPA requirement that is the highest in the College of Letters & Science. Within the major we provide extraordinary opportunities for undergraduate communication students to go beyond the ordinary. We encourage study in other cultures, languages, and places, and participation in the University of California's Education Abroad Program, we have an internship course which allows students to earn unit credit for internships, and we encourage participation in the University of California's Washington D.C. or Sacramento internship program.
The department has an active program for students who wish to participate in faculty research projects. These Undergraduate Research Students have an opportunity to participate in all phases of research from the design of experiments and field research to the analysis of data and interpretation of results to learn not only about research that has been done by others but also to be part of the discovery process itself. The department's Senior Honors Program offers a challenging learning experience that spans four quarters of the student's academic career. During that time, students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a faculty advisor and write a Senior Honors Thesis.
The department also sponsors the student-run organization Lambda Pi Eta, the national honor society of the National Communication Association that fosters, recognizes, and rewards outstanding achievement in undergradaute communication.