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Communication Studies

College of Liberal Arts

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Chair: Sharon D. Downey

Department Office: Academic Services (AS), Room 309
Telephone: (562) 985-4301 or 985-4302

Faculty: Jessica Abrams, Terre Allen, Karl W. E. Anatol (Emeritus), Jennifer Asenas, Guy Bachman, Amy Bippus, Nancy E. Briggs, Catherine Brooks, Aaron Cargile, Sharon D. Downey, Ragan Fox, Katie Gibson, Amy Heyse, Ann Johnson, Patricia Kearney, Eriko Maeda, James S. Manseau Sauceda, Lynda McCroskey, Valerie C. McKay, Mary McPherson, Timothy G. Plax, Richard E. Porter (Emeritus), Karen Rasmussen, Marc Rich, José Rodriguez, Craig R. Smith, Ebony Utley, Stacy Young, Fathi S. Yousef (Emeritus)

Department Secretary: Wendy Lucas

Hauth Center for Communication Skills
Administrative Director: Tim Plax
Technical Director: Scott Allen

Students desiring information about the Communication Studies program at CSULB should contact the department undergraduate advisor or the graduate advisor.

Career Possibilities

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Located within the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Communication Studies provides students with a solid liberal arts education in communication arts and sciences with specialized training in communication skills and practices at the baccalaureate and graduate levels. The Department of Communication Studies maintains a tradition of liberal education which traces the world’s heritage of humanistic tradition in its multicultural diversity. The communication studies curriculum focuses on issues of ethics, creative thought, historical and scientific inquiry, critical thinking, understanding of communication phenomena, aesthetic expression, and the development of excellent human communication skills. To this end, the Department of Communication Studies provides two major services to the University community. First, through specialized curricula, the Department stresses inquiry, analysis, and critical evaluation to students who seek to apply a comprehensive background of communication theory and practice in business, industry, professional fields, or education. Second, through its general education and service offerings, the department provides a variety of courses stressing critical thinking, and oral and written communication designed to give all students experiences in the traditions of the liberal arts and to prepare them for responsible citizenship in a pluralistic society.

The degree options in the Department of Communication Studies are intended to provide students with the opportunity to emphasize an area of communication studies which will best suit their personal and career goals. Each student is required to consult with the department undergraduate or graduate advisor as appropriate for advisement.

NOTE: Lower division 100 and 200 level classes taken through California Community Colleges satisfy lower-division CSULB Communication Studies requirements.