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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.

Course Syllabi

Sample syllabi for Communication courses
CMN 146 - Communication Campaigns
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.
CMN 142 - News, Policies, Practices and Effects
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.
CMN 141 - Media Effects: Theory and Research
Prerequisite: CMN 102 and CMN 140. 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.
CMN 102 - Empirical Methods in Communication
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.
CMN 136 - Organizational Communication
Prerequisite: CMN 102. 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.
CMN 3 - Interpersonal Communication Competence
Communication in interpersonal contexts. Sender, receiver, and message variables, and their interaction with communication competence. Participation in simulations and experiential exercises.
CMN 1 - Introduction to Public Speaking
Practice in the preparation and delivery of speeches based on contemporary principles and strategies of informing and persuading audiences.
CMN 101 - Communication Theories
Examination of the forms, functions, development and testing of theory in the social sciences.
CMN 130
CMN 123
CMN 122
CMN 131
CMN 114
CMN 112
CMN 111
CMN 102
CMN 101-Hamilton
CMN 076
CMN 012Y
CMN 101 - Feng
CMN 010Y
CMN 120
CMN 139
CMN 145
CMN 144
CMN 143
CMN 174
CMN 172
CMN 161
CMN 148
CMN 140
CMN 130
CMN150V: Computational Social Science
CMN 189B course syllabus
Social Computation: theory and methods of social algorithmification