Undergraduate Courses

This roster of undergraduate courses with descriptions reflects the wide range of career-relevant subject matter that the major in communication encompasses.


CMN 1: Introduction to Public Speaking (4)

Lecture — 1 hour; discussion — 3 hours.
Practice in the preparation and delivery of speeches based on contemporary principles and strategies of informing and persuading audiences.
GE credit: Wrt (cannot be used to satisfy a college or university composition requirement and GE writing experience simultaneously). — I, II, III. (I, II, III.) Shubb

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CMN 3V: Interpersonal Communication Competence (4)

Web Virtual Lecture — 2; Web Electronic Discussion — 2.
Communication in interpersonal contexts. Sender, receiver, and message variables, and their interaction with communication competence.
Participation in simulations and experiential exercises. — I, II, III. (I, II, III.) Ruiz

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CMN 5: Global English and Communication (4)

Lecture — 2 hours; discussion — 2 hours.
English as a global language and its uses in intercultural communication. Cultural, historical and political dimensions of varieties of English spoken around the world. Experiential grounding in strategies for increasing interpretive and verbal communicative competence for a globalized world.

CMN 10V: Introduction to Communication (4)

Web Virtual Lecture — 3 hours; Web electronic discussion — 1 hour.
Basic principles of communication and communication processes; models of communication; foundations of empirical research in communication; contexts of communication and communication research, including interpersonal, intercultural, news, entertainment, mediated and others.
GE credit: SS. Taylor, Theobald.

CMN 12Y: Data Visualization in the Social Sciences (4)

Lecture —  2 hours; Laboratory — 1.5 hours; Web Virtual Lecture — 1.5 hours.
Introduction to quantitative data across the social sciences (Communication, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and other disciplines). Transforming data, describing data, producing graphs, visual reasoning, and interpretations. Same course as PSC 12Y, POL 12Y, SOC 12y.

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CMN 76: Video Games and Virtual Environments (4)

Lecture — 3 hours; discussion — 1 hour.
Impact of video games on players and society. Topics include motivations for playing games; cognitive, emotional, and behavioral effects, including violence and addiction; interpersonal and group processes in online games; virtual communities; and video games for education.
GE credit: SS, VL. Peña.

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CMN 99: Special Study for Undergraduates (1–5)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (P/NP grading only.)



CMN 101: Communication Theories (4)

Lecture/discussion — 4 hours.
Examination of the forms, functions, development and testing of theory in the social sciences. Survey and comparison of significant micro and macro theories and models of human communication. Application of theories to real-world problems.
Not open for credit to students who have completed course 114. GE credit: SS. — I, II, III. Feng, Hamilton, Shen

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CMN 102: Empirical Methods in Communication (4)

Lecture — 4 hours. Prerequisite: Statistics 13 or Sociology 46B.
Survey of social scientific research methods commonly employed in the communication discipline. Topics include research design, measurement, sampling, questionnaire construction, survey research, experimental research, content analysis and interaction analysis.
Not open for credit to students who have completed course 115. — I, II, III. Bell, Palomares, Ruiz, Yegiyan.

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CMN 110: Communication Networks (4)

Lecture/Discussion — 4 hours.
Theoretical approaches to communication networks, practical applications of network studies, and network analysis tools. Topics include friendship, political discussion, social support, organizational, social media, and disease transmission networks. Impact of emerging technologies on network creation, maintenance and expansion.
GE credits: SS. Barnett, Shen

CMN 111: Gender Differences in Communication (4) [Formerly CMN 103]

Lecture — 4 hours.
Examination of communication differences between men and women as sources of male/female stereotypes, misunderstandings, dilemmas, and difficulties (real and imagined). Treatment of genders as cultures. Topics include male/female differences in discursive practices and patterns, language attitudes, and relationship dynamics.
GE credit: SS | SS — I, II. Palomares

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CMN 112: Theories of Persuasion (4) [Formerly CMN 152]

Lecture — 4 hours.
Theories and models of persuasion that account for the effects of source, channel and audience factors on message recipients. Examination of message strategies for altering attitudes and gaining compliance. Contexts of application include interpersonal relationships, product advertising, politics, and health.
GE credit: SS | SS — I, II. (I, II.). Zhang

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CMN 114: Communication and Cognition (4) [Formerly CMN 138]

Lecture/discussion — 4 hours.
Relationship between communication and cognition. Models of discourse comprehension and production, the influence of language attitudes on social judgments, and the effects of information processing on decision making are explored.
GE credit: SS | SS — II. (II.) Yegiyan

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CMN 120: Interpersonal Communication (4) [Formerly CMN 134]

Lecture — 4 hours.
Theories and principles of interpersonal communication related to perception, verbal and nonverbal channels, mutual understanding, and relationship development. Communication processes in face-to-face and technologically mediated encounters. Consideration of different relationship contexts, including friendships, dating and family relationships, and the workplace.
GE credit: SS | SS — I, II, III. (I, II, III.) Hamilton, Staff

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CMN 121: Language Use in Conversation (4)

Lecture/discussion — 4 hours.
Examination of how people use language in social interaction, how they exchange meaning during conversation, and how their use of language plays a central role in turn-taking, speech acts, attitude formation, figurative speech, politeness and other aspects of conversation.
GE credit: SS. Palomares

CMN 122: Nonverbal Communication (4) [Formerly CMN 135]

Lecture — 4 hours.
Examination of the interaction between nonverbal communication and verbal communication channels in influencing outcomes in interpersonal and mediated communication contexts. Underlying functions served by nonverbal communication also are considered.
GE credit: SS | SS — II, III. (II, III.). Staff

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CMN 123: Intercultural Communication (4) [Formerly CMN 137]

Seminar — 3 hours; term paper.
Major concepts and theories of intercultural communication. Topics include cultural similarities and differences in verbal and nonverbal communication; dimensions of cultural variations, barriers to intercultural communication, and intercultural communication competence.
GE credit: SS. — III. (III.) Feng

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CMN 124: Family Communication (4)

Lecture/Discussion - 4 hours.
Theories and research on family communication. Communication in courtship, marriage and relational dissolution. Processes and outcomes of parent-child, sibling, family roles and inter-generational communication. Interaction patterns associated with marital/family satisfaction, maintenance, divorce and dysfunction. Cultural influences on family communication.
GE Credit: SS. Staff


CMN 130: Group Communication (4)

Lecture — 3 hours; discussion — 1 hour.
Communication processes in the development and maintenance of effective groups and teams in organizations. Examination of both face-to-face and computer-mediated group interaction. Topics include group development, power, norms, cohesion, decision making, problem solving, creativity, conflict management, working remotely, and leadership.
GE credit: SS. Staff

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CMN 131: Strategic Communication in Public Relations (4)

Lecture/Discussion — 4 hours. 
Principles, evolution and professional practice of public relations. Planning and execution of effective, ethical communication strategies and campaigns. Distribution of messages through traditional and new media, including social media. Cultivation of relationships between organizations and their publics. Crisis communication management.
Hether, Ruiz

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CMN 132: Social Media for Public Relations (4)  [Forthcoming]

Lecture/Discussion — 4 hours. 
Uses of social media technologies in contemporary public relations practice. Social and behavioral theories of social media processes and effects. Strategies and tools for authoring content that builds relationships and creates conversations with key publics.

CMN 136: Organizational Communication (4)

Lecture — 4 hours.
Examines communication in various organizational situations. Focuses on the use of effective communication strategies for achieving organizational and individual goals. Emphasis is placed on identifying and amending ineffective communication within organizations.
GE credit: SS. — I, II. Hamilton

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CMN 139: Advanced Organizational Communication (4)

Lecture/discussion – 4 hours.
Prerequisite: CMN 102 and CMN 136. Communication processes within and among social organizations. Examines formal organizations as information processing systems. Topics include general systems theory, input-output analysis, structural-functionalism, cybernetics, organizational network analysis, organization environments, organizations as cultures, organizational learning, information technologies, and communication diagnostic/auditing strategies.

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CMN 140: Introduction to Mass Communication (4)

Lecture/discussion — 4 hours.
Building on a foundation of an understanding of the organization of media institutions, CMN 140 introduces students to the range of major research areas in the empirical study of mediated communication. These research areas include media uses and effects, media economics, computer-mediated communication, human-computer interaction, political communication, health communication, media and cognition, and entertainment studies. Through lecture and course readings, students will come to know the foundational assumptions, methods and theories associated with each of these areas.
GE credit: SS. — I, II, III. Cingel, Taylor, Yegiyan

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CMN 141: Media Effects: Theory and Research (4)

Lecture/discussion — 4 hours.
Social scientific studies of the effects of mass media messages on audience members' actions, attitudes, beliefs and emotions. Topics include the cognitive processing of media messages, television violence, political socialization, cultivation of beliefs, agenda-setting, and the impact of new technologies.
GE credit: SS. — I, II, III. Cho, Cingel

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CMN 142: News Policies, Practices and Effects (4)

Lecture — 4 hours. Prerequisite: CMN 102 and CMN 140.
Exploration of processes and constraints in the gathering, editing and reporting of news. Examination of studies on the effects of news, contemporary challenges to news reporting presented by new technologies, and the relationship of news to other social institutions.
GE credit: SS. — I, II, III. Cho, Theobald

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CMN 143: Analysis of Media Messages (4)

Lecture — 1 hour; discussion — 2 hours; term paper. Prerequisites: CMN 102, 140 and 141.
Examination of alternative approaches to the analysis, interpretation and evaluation of media messages, including those disseminated through broadcasting, print and new technologies. Both content analytic and interpretive approaches are covered.
GE credit: SS, Wrt. — I, II, III. Cho, Theobald

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CMN 144: Media Entertainment (4)

Lecture/discussion — 4 hours.
Effects and appeal of media entertainment, emphasizing emotional reactions. Topics include key concepts of entertainment research such as mood management, and the respective features and emotional/social-psychological effects of genres such as comedy, mystery, thriller, sports, music, horror and erotica.
— III. (III.) Taylor

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CMN 145: Political Communication (4)

Lecture/discussion — 4 hours. Prerequisites: courses 101 and 102 or equivalent course in research methods.
Discussion of theories and research on the relationships among the mass media, citizens and politics, production of political news, campaign strategies, and citizens' attitudes and behaviors. Provides frameworks for mediated politics, the news, and elite discourse and campaign messages.
GE credit: SS | ACGH. Cho

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CMN 146: Communication Campaigns (4)

Lecture/discussion — 3 hours; term paper.
Strategic uses of media and interpersonal communication channels in health, environmental advocacy and political campaigns. Emphasis is on general principles relevant to most campaign types, including public information, social marketing and media advocacy campaigns.
Not open for credit to students who have completed course 160. GE credit: SS. — I, III. Hether, Theobald

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CMN 147: Children, Adolescents and the Media (4)

Lecture/discussion — 4 hours.
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.
GE credit: SS. — II, III. Cingel

CMN 148: Contemporary Trends in Media (4)

Lecture/discussion — 4 hours. Pass One open to Communication majors only.
Global trends in media, including media and globalization, impacts of the new media economy, media and security, and effects of ownership on media content and culture.
GE credit: SS. Theobald

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CMN 150V: Computational Social Science (4)

Web Virtual Lecture — 2; Web Electronic Discussion — 2.
Nontechnical survey of modern computational research methods. Web scraping, artificial intelligence, visualizing social networks, and computer simulations. Hands-on use of diverse software applications. Professors from all ten UC campuses contribute.
GE credit: QL (Quantitative Literacy) + SS (Social Sciences). Hilbert

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Lecture/discussion — 3 hours; term paper. 
Learn to go under the hood of social media and digital communication. In this course we will motivate computer programming with introductory exercises and demonstrations on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and even our own web browsing habits. We will complement these demonstrations with links to theories of communication and social networks.  The programming language we will use is Python. No prior programming experience is necessary, only the will to learn.
GE credit: QL (Quantitative Literacy). Frey


Extensive Problem Solving; Web Virtual Lecture—1 hour(s); Web Electronic Discussion—1.5 hour(s).
Prerequisite(s): Programming experience helpful, but not required. Survey of web-driven social science and its methods. Focus on web scraping and social media API’s. Covers wrangling and analysis of data from social networks, online experiments, and other digital traces. Python programming skills helpful, but not assumed.
GE credit: QL, SL, SS. Effective: 2019 Fall Quarter.

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CMN 161: Health Communication (4)

Lecture/discussion — 4 hours.
Survey of health communication theories and research. Review of research on health literacy, social support and coping, doctor-patient interaction, health communication campaigns, and media influences on health. Examination of the application of new communication technologies in health promotion.
Bell, Hether, Zhang

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CMN 165: Media and Health (4)

Lecture/discussion — 4 hours. Prerequisites: CMN 101, 102 and CMN 140.
Content and effects of messages in news, entertainment and advertising. Topics include health news reporting; portrayals of disease, disability, death and health-related behaviors; representations of health professionals; promotion of drugs and other health products; tobacco and alcohol advertising.
GE credit: SS. — I, III. Taylor, Yegiyan

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CMN 170V: Digital Technology and Social Change (4)

Online course — 4 hours. Visit course website
The course provides 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 and entrepreneurship, health, democracy, global governance, poverty, family relations, dating, and last but not least: education! …with this course being a proof of concept… 
GE credit: SS (Social Sciences) | ACGH, VL, SS. — III. (III.) Hilbert
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CMN 172: Computer-Mediated Communication (4)

Lecture/discussion — 3 hours; term paper.
Uses and impacts of computer-mediated communication. Theories and research findings pertaining to how computer mediation affects various aspects of human interaction, including impression formation, development of personal relationships, group decision making, collaborative work and community building.
GE credit: SS | SS. — III. (III.) Peña

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CMN 174: Social Media (4)

Lecture/discussion — 4 hours.
Application of theories of communication to the study and design of social media. Examination of social media in various contexts such as health, political movements and collaboration. Topics include motivations for membership, participation, social-technical capital and privacy.
GE credit: SS. Shen

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CMN 176: Video Games Theory and Research (4)

Lecture/Discussion — 2 hours; laboratory — 2 hours.
Communication theory and research on the uses and effects of video games. Research methods available for investigating game use and the impact of games on behavior. Application of those methods in a research project.
GE credit: SS| WC. Peña

CMN 178: Persuasive Technologies (4)

Lecture/Discussion — 3 hours; Extensive Writing.
Designing and testing ethical, technology-based communication interventions in the domains of health, marketing, education, and environment. Social media, mobile apps, wearable devices, recommendation systems, serious games, and augmented reality.
GE credit: | SS, WE. Zhang


CMN 180: Current Topics in Communication (4)

Seminar — 4 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing with a major in Communication or consent of instructor.
Group study of a special topic in communication.
May be repeated once for credit. Enrollment limited.

CMN 189A: Proseminar in Social Interaction (4)

Seminar — 3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Reading, discussion, research and writing on a selected topic in the specialty of social interaction. Potential topics include relationship initiation, maintenance and deterioration; communication failure; nonverbal communication; conversational management; semantics and pragmatics of language; and family-marital communication.
May be repeated for credit when topic differs. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SS, Wrt. — III.

CMN 189B: Proseminar in Mass Communication (4)

Seminar — 3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Reading, discussion, research and writing on a selected topic in the specialty of mass communication. Potential topics include agenda-setting, the cultivation of beliefs, violence portrayed on television, media portrayals of underprivileged groups, mediated political discourse, interactive technologies, and international-global communications.
May be repeated for credit when topic differs. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SS, Wrt. — I.

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CMN 189C: Proseminar in Health Communication (4)

Seminar — 3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Reading, discussion, research and writing on a selected topic in health communication. Potential topics include health communication design and evaluation, media advocacy, physician-patient interaction, uses of communication technologies in health settings, and health-related advertising.
May be repeated for credit when topic differs. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SS, Wrt.

CMN 189D: Proseminar in Organizational Communication (4)

Seminar — 3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Reading, discussion, research, and writing on a selected topic in the specialty of organizational communication. Potential topics include power and influence, organizational conflict and its resolution, mediation, bargaining and negotiation, superior-subordinate interaction, leadership styles, and inter-organizational communication.
May be repeated for credit when topic differs. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SS, Wrt

CMN 189E: Proseminar in Information and Communication Technologies (4)

Seminar — 3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Reading, discussion, research, and writing on a selected topic in information and communication technologies. Potential topics include the role played by digital technologies in social change, serious games for change, and virtual and offline worlds. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SS.


CMN 192: Internship in Communication (1–6)

Internship — 3–18 hours. Prerequisite: communication major who has completed 20 units of upper-division communication courses.
Supervised work experience requiring the application of communication principles and strategies or the evaluation of communication practices in a professional setting. Relevant experiences include public relations, advertising, sales, human resources, health promotion, political campaigns, journalism and broadcasting.
May be repeated up to 6 units of credit. (P/NP grading only.) Hamilton

CMN 194H: Senior Honors Thesis (4)

Seminar — 1 hour; individual tutoring on research project — 3 hours. Prerequisite: senior standing and approval by Honors Committee.
Directed reading, research, and writing culminating in the preparation of honors thesis under direction of faculty adviser.

CMN 197T: Tutoring in Communication (2–4)

Seminar — 1–2 hours; laboratory — 1–2 hours. Prerequisite: upper-division standing with major in communication and consent of Department of Communication chairperson.
Tutoring in undergraduate communication courses, including leadership of discussion groups affiliated with departmental courses.
May be repeated for credit up to a total of 6 units. (P/NP grading only.)

CMN 198: Directed Group Study (1–5)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
(P/NP grading only.)

CMN 199: Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1–5)

(P/NP grading only.)