Major Requirements

The UC Davis undergraduate major in communication encompasses 69-70 units, consisting of 29-30 units of preparatory subject matter and 40 units of depth subject matter.

Required preparatory lower-division courses -- 29-30 units
Each student must complete the following courses before graduating. Students must maintain a 2.0 grade average in these courses.
  • ANT 4: Introduction to Anthropological Linguistics OR LIN 1: Introduction to Linguistics
    NOTE:  ANT 4 is not offered regularly
  • ECS 15: Introduction to Computers OR PHI 12: Introduction to Symbolic Logic OR CMN 12Y: Data Visualization in the Social Sciences
    NOTE:  ECS 15 is no longer offered, however we still accept equivalent transfer courses
  • PSC 1: General Psychology
  • SOC 1: Introduction to Sociology
  • STA 13: Elementary Statistics OR SOC 56: Introduction to Social Statistics
  • CMN 10v: Introduction to Communication
  • CMN 1: Introduction to Public Speaking**   OR
  • CMN 3: Interpersonal Communication Competence** OR
  • CMN 5: Global English and Communication**
Required upper-division courses (depth subject matter — 20 units)
  • CMN 101: Communication Theories
  • CMN 102: Empirical Methods in Communication
  • CMN 120: Interpersonal Communication
  • CMN 140: Introduction to Mass Communication
  • CMN 170v: Digital Technology and Social Change OR CMN 172: Interpersonal Technologies
 Upper-division elective courses (Choose FIVE additional courses from below – 20 units)

CMN 110: Communication Networks

CMN 111: Gender Differences in Communication

CMN 112: Theories of Persuasion

CMN 114: Communication and Cognition


CMN 130: Group Communication

CMN 131: Strategic Communication in Public Relations

CMN 132: Social Media for Public Relations

CMN 136: Organizational Communication

CMN 139: Advanced Organizational Communication


CMN 121: Language Use in Conversation

CMN 122: Nonverbal Communication

CMN 123: Intercultural Communication

CMN 124: Family Communication


CMN 161: Health Communication

CMN 165: Media and Health


CMN 150v: Computational Social Sciences

CMN 151: Simulating Communication Processes

CMN 152V: Social Science with Online Data

CMN 170v: Digital Technology and Social Change

CMN 172: Interpersonal Technologies

CMN 174: Social Media

CMN 176: Video Games Theory and Research

CMN 178: Persuasive Technologies


CMN 180: Current Topics in Communication

CMN 189: Proseminar A (Social Interaction), B (Mass Communication), C (Health Communication) or D (Organizational Communication)


CMN 141: Media Effects: Theory and Research

CMN 142: Newsmaking

CMN 143: Analysis of Media Messages

CMN 144: Media Entertainment

CMN 145: Political Communication

CMN 146: Communication Campaigns

CMN 147: Children, Adolescents, and the Media

CMN 148: Contemporary Trends in Media

CMN 149: Race & Media


ANT 120: Language and Culture

ECN 122: Theory of Games and Strategic Behavior

LIN 171: Introduction to Psycholinguistics

LIN 177: Computational Linguistics

LIN 182: Multilingualism

POL 165: Mass Media and Politics

PSC 100: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

PSC 107: Questionnaire and Survey Research Methods

PSC 152: Social Cognition

PSC 154: Psychology of Emotion

SOC 126: Social Interaction

STA 106: Applied Statistical Methods: Analysis of Variance

STA 108: Applied Statistical Methods: Regression Analysis

(Up to a total of 4 units taken from 198/199/194H per quarter may be counted as an elective, for a total of no more than 8 units. CMN 192 and 197T do not count toward fulfillment of major requirements.)