CMN 10Y: Introduction to Communication

Communication 10Y, Introduction to Communication, provides an introduction to basic concepts of communication as well as to the various contexts in which communication is studies. By the time students complete CMN 10Y, they have a foundational understanding of how communication works. What's more, they have experience applying communication theories and research to real-world problems and opportunities.

CMN 10Y Introduction to Communication

Laramie D. Taylor, Ph.D.

Jeanette B. Ruiz, Ph.D.






Typically scheduled in fall, winter and spring quarters


One of the great things about CMN 10Y is that it also introduces students to the faculty and courses in the UC Davis Department of Communication. CMN 10Y is a hybrid course, meaning that much of the instructional material is presented through online videos, readings and activities. Each member of the department faculty has produced online videos for CMN 10Y; with these videos, students can learn from experts in each field within the discipline of communication.

In CMN 10Y, students are introduced to a wide variety of topics in the field of communication, including:

  • basic models of communication
  • interpersonal communication
  • nonverbal communication
  • computer-mediated communication
  • communication networks
  • mass communication
  • communication and cognition
  • principles of persuasion
  • health communication
  • video games
  • entertainment
  • political communication
  • gender and communication
  • the information society