Humanities & Communication BA

Want to establish broad knowledge, communication skills, creative talents, critical thinking abilities and multicultural awareness that will make you widely employable? Looking for an incredibly interdisciplinary and adaptable major that combines dozens of traditional fields of study?

Humanities & Communication majors gain broad knowledge, multicultural communication skills, creative talents, and outstanding writing and critical thinking abilities for the 21st-century workplace. Our major integrates traditional disciplines within humanities and communication with contemporary fields and explores how these fields interrelate.

You will study across the various disciplines in order to gain an integrated understanding of world issues and problems, and you will apply your knowledge ethically, critically, and creatively toward the fulfillment of concrete personal and social goals and needs.

To learn more about the major, visit the School of Humanities and Communication website.

Required Courses

Special Requirements

AA-T certified students can earn a Humanities & Communication B.A. by completing the special requirements in the following programs:

All other HCOM majors, see below.

Standard Requirements

In order to graduate, you will also need to complete your general education and university requirements.

All HCOM majors must complete the following courses. In addition to a core set of courses (and options) HCOM majors must select a concentration area, completing all the required courses as described below for a particular concentration. One concentration course, unless otherwise indicated, must be an approved research or theory intensive course, indicated as (RTI) in the course lists below.

Students may not double count an HCOM core course and a concentration course, nor may they double count a concentration course for a required area within the major core.

Complete ALL of the following courses:

Complete ONE of the following Ethical and Effective Communication courses:

Complete ONE of the following Social and Cultural Analysis courses:

Complete ONE of the following Engaged Creative Practice courses:

Complete ONE of the following Humanistic Inquiry courses:

Complete ONE of the following GE Area D Service Learning courses:

NOTE: If you complete HCOM 317S: Advanced Composition, Composition Theories, Service Learning (6 units) in fulfillment of GE Areas A4 (GWAR) and D4, then complete ONE additional elective selected from the lists above.

Concentration Courses

Complete the following courses in your chosen area of concentration.

Communication Studies Concentration

Complete ONE of the following Public Communication courses:

Complete ONE of the following Communication Ethics courses:

Complete ONE of the following Peace and Justice courses:

Complete ONE of the following Major Elective courses:

Alternatively, students may also choose to complete ONE of the Communication Studies Concentration courses listed above, that has not already been taken.

Creative Writing & Social Action Concentration

Complete THREE of the following Creative Writing Content courses:

Note: ONE of the three Creative Writing Content courses may be selected from the following list:

Complete ONE of the following Literature courses:

Complete ONE of the following Social Justice/Ethnic Studies courses:

English Studies Concentration

Complete ONE course from each of the following four areas:

Global Literary Studies

Multicultural Literary Studies

Writing and Rhetoric

Narrative Analysis and Film

English Subject Matter Preparation Program

Complete ONE course in the area of Technology in the Humanities:

Complete the following course for the area of Literary Analysis:

Complete the following course for the area of Language, Linguistics, and Literacy:

Complete the following course for the area of Composition and Rhetoric:

Complete the following course for the area of Speech, Media, and Creative Performance:

Ethnic and Gender Studies Concentration

Complete ONE of the following Cultural Expressions/Representations courses:

Complete ONE of the following Social Movements and Communities courses:

Complete ONE of the following Historical Formations courses:

Complete ONE of the following Ethnic and Genders Studies Theory courses:

Historical Studies Concentration

Complete ONE of the following Research Methods courses:

Complete ONE of the following Transnational Histories and Narratives courses:

Complete ONE of the following Ethnic Histories and Narratives courses:

Complete TWO of the following History Depth courses:

Journalism and Media Studies Concentration

Complete ONE of the following Media Law/Ethics courses:

Complete ONE of the following Ethnic Studies/Social Justice courses:

Complete ONE of the following Introductory Storytelling/Theory courses:

Complete ONE of the following Intermediate Storytelling/Theory courses:

Complete ONE of the following Advanced Storytelling/Theory courses:

Legal Studies Concentration

Complete ONE of the following Philosophy and Ethics courses:

Complete ONE of the following Ethnic Studies/Cultural Studies courses:

Complete ONE of the following Constitutional Issues courses:

Complete ONE of the following Legal Studies courses:

Philosophy and Applied Ethics Concentration

Complete ONE of the following Philosophical Issues in Fairness and Justice courses:

Complete ONE of the following Rhetorical and Philosophical Theory courses:

Complete ONE of the following Applied Ethics courses:

Complete ONE additional course from those listed above, or ONE course from the following:

Learning Outcomes

MLO 1: Ethical and Effective Communication

Understand communication theories and apply them to create and interpret messages--and evaluate their ethics and effectiveness--in diverse contexts.

MLO 2: Social and Cultural Analysis

Understand and evaluate how social identities including ethnicity, race, class, religion, gender, sexuality, and/or ability might influence [relate to] people's lived experiences, their cultural production and practices, and the social problems that shape their contexts.

MLO 3: Engaged Creative Practice

Develop competency in creative practice, such as creative writing, journalism, and/or media projects and community storytelling, that responds to a social issue and engages the public.

MLO 4: Humanistic Inquiry

Apply inquiry-based methods informed by humanistic traditions to investigate, interpret, and critique diverse ideas and texts.

Course Pathways

This pathway is one example of how you might complete all the requirements for your degree in an order that makes sense given prerequisites. It is meant to give you a general sense of what your education will look like.

Your own unique situation, and a number of other factors, may mean your actual pathway is different. Perhaps you'll need an extra math or language class, or one of the courses we've listed isn't offered in a particular semester. Don't worry, there is flexibility built into the curriculum. You'll want to work closely with an advisor and use the academic advisement report to take all that into account and develop a pathway that's customized for you.

In the meantime, use this example as a starting point for choosing classes or discussing your plans with an advisor. Your advisor is your best resource when it comes to figuring out how to fit all the courses you need, in the right sequence, into your personal academic plan.

General Freshman Pathway

Fall Freshman

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • E
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • B4
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • A1
Course: Language 101
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • C3

* This FYS class is just an example. The FYS class you choose might meet a different GE area, so you would have to adjust your actual pathway accordingly.

Spring Freshman

Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • A2
  • A3
Course: GS 280S: Globalize This (6 units) (Recommended)
Units: 6
Requirements:
  • D1
  • D3
Course: Language 102
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Language Proficiency

Fall Sophomore

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • B2
  • B3
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • C2
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • D2
Course: Language 201
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Language Proficiency

Spring Sophomore

Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • B1
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • C1
Course: Language 202 (Recommended)
Units: 4
Requirements:

Fall Junior

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • A4
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major

Spring Junior

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Concentration

Fall Senior

Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Concentration
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Concentration
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Concentration
Course: Free Elective Course
Units: 4
Requirements:

Spring Senior

Course: Any approved course (if required)
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Concentration
Course: Free Elective Course
Units: 4
Requirements:
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major

General Transfer Pathway

Fall Junior

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • A4
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major

Spring Junior

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major

Fall Senior

Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Concentration
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Concentration
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Concentration
Course: Free Elective Course
Units: 4
Requirements:

Spring Senior

Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Concentration
Course: Any approved course (if required)
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Concentration
Course: Free Elective Course
Units: 2
Requirements:
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major