Featured Courses

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.


Laramie D. Taylor, Ph.D.

Jeanette B. Ruiz, Ph.D.



CMN 123: Intercultural Communication

The rapid changes in the global economy, technology, transportation systems and immigration policies have made the world we are living in today an increasingly intersecting global village. California, for example, has become far more culturally diverse than ever before. As a result, direct contact with culturally different people in our communities, schools, workplaces and even families has become an almost inescapable part of our lives.

CMN 170v Digital Technology and Social Change

In this online class we create a conceptual understanding of how digital technologies transform our lives, through social media, mobile communication, global connectivity, big data, and artificial intelligence. We talk about how the digital age changes business, health, democracy, global governance, poverty, family relations, dating, and last but not least: education! …and we walk the talk…


Martin Hilbert, Ph.D.

CMN 178: Persuasive Technologies

Explorations in the Strategic Use of Technologies to Affect Attitudes, Beliefs and Behaviors How does Facebook make you buy more products? Do fitness trackers help people lose weight? Does augmented reality benefit education and learning? These are the kinds of questions addressed in a new course in the Department of Communication – CMN 178: Persuasive Technologies.

CMN 147: Children, Adolescents and the Media

Research on the adaptive and maladaptive effects of media (e.g., television, movies, video games, social media) on the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of youth, considering the protective role of parents, teachers, ethics and policy.


Drew Cingel






Varies, but offered at least once a year