Communication Studies

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies must complete a 40 unit program consisting of 6 units of lower-division courses at the 100 or 200-level or equivalent courses from a transfer institution, one 4 unit GWAR course, 8 upper-division units in Rhetorical and Performative Communication, 8 upper-division units in Social Context and Interaction in Communication, 8 elective units in Communication Studies with a COMM prefix, 4 units in Communication Inquiry, and a 2 unit Senior Seminar in Communication Studies, taken in the last semester.

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Key Facts



BA (Hons) Communication Studies

Degree Duration

4 Years :

1 year pathway + 3 year degree


Pathways Available

International Year One


Start Dates

Degree Overview

Students must successfully complete a GWAR (Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement) class to enroll in upper-division Communication Studies courses.

The major includes 8 units of electives. With advisor approval, up to 2 units of lower-division courses may be counted in the electives that were not otherwise counted in the major. Similarly, upper-division courses in Communication Studies not otherwise counted in the major may be counted in electives. Any combination of Projects in the Teaching of Communication (COMM 685), Internship in Communication Studies (COMM 695), and Independent Study (COMM 699) may be used in the electives, but none of these three courses can be repeated for credit in the major. Any course that is used to fulfill the GE Areas A or B4 requirements cannot be counted within the major; however, Fundamentals of Oral Communication (COMM 150) and GE Area A2, or equivalent courses, must be completed as prerequisites to enrollment in any upper-division course in the Communication Studies major.

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  • You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

In this course you will learn how to articulate ethical standards and be disposed to engage in ethical practice within specific communication contexts.

Gain transferrable skills such as (e.g., delivering public speeches, performances, or other community-focused discourse, even if that delivery happens only in the classroom).

Your Pathways

The International Year One is the perfect pathway if you want a undergraduate degree from a UK, EU or US University but do not meet the requirements for direct entry.

The IY1 course provides an intensive combination of first year University subject modules with English language skills.

Following successful completion of the IY1 you will continue onto your second year degree study directly with the University of your choice.

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San Francisco State University

Founded in 1889, SF State offers world-class academics, a diverse campus and an incredible location for students.

With around 27,000 students from all over the globe, international students find SF State a truly welcoming community and diverse place to live in.

SF State has been included in the Top 20 colleges nationwide for best location. It was also rated one of the most diverse colleges in America, according to Wall Street Journal’s 2022 College Rankings.