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On May 28, Chancellor Gary S. May wrote:

“The events of this week also cause me to believe even more strongly, if that’s possible, in building an inclusive environment that recognizes and respects people of all backgrounds and experiences. I remain committed to that and hope you will do what you can to eliminate racism, sexism, and other negative influences on our progression as a nation.”

We join Chancellor May in these efforts toward building diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment in the Department of Communication and at the University of California Davis. To learn more, including a list of resources are available for students in crisis, need of support, or who have experienced racism or bias, click here.

Important Covid-19 Information:

In light of the Covid-19 situation,  all UC Davis Spring 2020 course will move to virtual instruction.  As a result, the department’s administrative functions have moved to remote work conditions until further notice.  At this time, the preferred method of contact for departmental staff members is e-mail; please visit our administrative staff contact page for further information.

Sample Plans of Study

Every student will devise a plan of study in consultation the master's degree adviser.

A typical plan of study under the thesis option appears below. In this plan, the student completes all required courses in the first two quarters. CMN 230 (Social Interaction Theory and Research) and 250 (Mediated Communication Theory and Research) are taken as CMN electives in the spring quarter. Two electives, one of which is in communication, are taken in the fourth quarter of study (fall of year 2). This student is enrolled in CMN 299R throughout the two-year program to provide ample time to prepare a thesis proposal and execute the research. These 299R (Thesis Research) credits do not count toward completion of the 32-unit requirement, however.

The sample plan of study for a non-thesis (plan 2) student is similar, with the exception that an additional 8 units (two courses) of electives will be taken during the winter quarter of the second year of study.

Plan 1 and Plan 2 students serving as teaching assistants will enroll in CMN 396 (Teaching Assistant Training Practicum) during their first quarter, rather than 299 or 299R. Course 396 is required of all TAs; these credits do not count toward the degree, however.

And now the disclaimer: These plans of study are offered as examples of what a student's programs might look like, and do not constitute a commitment by the Department of Communication to offer any specific course in any particular quarter.


Year 1

Fall QuarterWinter QuarterSpring Quarter
CMN 201: Theoretical Perspectives on Strategic Communication CMN 202: Communication Theory Construction

CMN 251: Digital Technology and Social Change

CMN 396: Teaching Assistant Training Practicum CMN 230: Social Interaction Theory and Research
CMN 271: Communication Networks
PSC 204A: Statistical Analysis of Psychological Experiments CMN 299R: Thesis Research and Writing
CMN 299R: Thesis Research and Writing


Year 2

Fall QuarterWinter QuarterSpring Quarter

CMN 211: Survey Research Methods in Communication
(offered in alternating years)

CMN 299R: Thesis Research and Writing

CMN 299R: Thesis Research and Writing
CMN 270: Diffusion of Innovations
Thesis submitted, revised, and approved.

CMN 299R: Thesis Research and Writing

Advancement to M.A. Candidacy

 * CMN 299, 299R and 396 do not satisfy program coursework requirements.