about hcom

The Division of Humanities & Communication (HCOM) offers several degree programs:

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Communication is an interdisciplinary program that combines a variety of humanities and communication studies areas into one unique degree. Students also choose an area of concentration including Africana Studies, Chicano Studies, American Multicultural Studies, Creative Writing and Social Action, History, Oral History and New Media, Journalism and Media Studies, Literary and Film Studies, Peace Studies, Practical and Professional Ethics, Pre-Law, English Subject Matter Preparation Program, Women's Studies, or Writing and Rhetoric.

Starting in Fall 2015, HCOM will offer the Bachelors of Arts degree in Integrated Studies Special Major (ISSM), a self-designed major where students work with faculty mentors drawn from across the campus to integrate various disciplines and fields of study selected by the student.

HCOM also sponsors minors in Chicana/o Studies, Creative Writing and Social Action, Human Communication, Journalism and Media Studies, Peace Studies, Pre-Law, as well as Writing and Rhetoric.

event calendar

Check out this list of coming events for the 2015/2016 Academic Year.

HCOM news

From our November HCOM newsletter...

The Otter Realm was selected as one of 12 newspapers as a Pacemaker by the Associated Collegiate Press organization. The award was in the four year university, non-daily category and was announced Oct. 31 in Austin, Texas.

"It's great to be recognized by the Associated Collegiate Press, and win along side universities with larger staffs and departments," said Alex Hennessey, Otter Realm production manager. "I'm so proud of our past Editor in Chief Elizabeth Hensley, and the rest of our staff."

"Our favorites could pass as typical community papers - they tackled investigative stories, had an active role in breaking news, combined with excellent writing, photography and graphics/design," said the judges of the category winners. See all the finalists here.

otter realm finalist for award from associated collegiate press

HCom alum to take on leadership role

HCOM Alum Judith Flores Carmona, now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at New Mexico State University was selected as chair-elect of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS/Women Active in Letters and Social Change). See this recent story on the CSUMB news page and her alum profile for more about her and her work. Judith is a 2001 CSUMB graduate who earned her degree in HCOM and a concentration in American Multicultural Studies. Congratulations Judith!

HCOM welcomes new tenure track faculty member

"Mridula Mascarenhas joins HCOM as an assistant professor of communication and practical reasoning. Most recently she has been teaching at Hanover College, a liberal arts school, in Southern Indiana. She earned her doctorate degree in Rhetorical Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 'I am really excited to get to know CSUMB students and find my place in the CSUMB community,' she said. 'I am looking forward to developing courses with a focus on Communication Ethics and to discovering ways in which my students and I can make an impact on local communities.' This semester Mascarenhas is teaching Cooperative Argumentation and Media Ethics." Excerpt from the September 2015 issue of the HCOM newsletter.

HCOM is pleased to welcome Professor Zhangya Yu as its first visiting scholar. She will be in residence during the 2015-16 academic year. Her current research project is entitled Develop, Construct and Research the Third Classroom English Teaching in Video Multimodal Mode Perspective. Professor Yu is currently an associate professor of English at Shanghai University of Electric Power and will complete her doctoral program in English at the Shanghai International Studies University in December, 2015. Her research interests include systemic-functional linguistics (appraisal system), ESP teaching and practice, and film studies. Recent publications include A Study of Interpersonal Meaning in English Advertising (Beijing: National Defense Industry Press, 2014), "A Case Study of ESP Practice: Toward Better Tutoring of College Student Graduation Thesis Abstract and Introduction Writing" which appeared in the International Journal of Studies in Literature and Language (2014)

hcom hosts visiting scholar

Diana garcia at the library of congress

Professor Diana Garcia has been invited to write ekphrastic poems in response to the One Life: Dolores Huerta exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery at the Library of Congress. The gallery chooses one American historical figure each year and highlights their lives in paintings, photos, and mementos. While she was in Washington, D.C. to preview the exhibit, Robert Casper, director of the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress, invited Professor Garcia to record some of her poems for the Library of Congress's archive as part of the growing body of Hispanic literature. To cap it all off, in January, 2016, along with U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and Arlene Biala, a Bay Area poet, she will give a reading at the National Portrait Gallery.

Professor Diana Garcia at the Library of Congress

TWO New books from jennifer fletcher

Congratulations to Professor Jennifer Fletcher, who has two new books out in 2015: Teaching Arguments: Rhetorical Comprehension, Critique, and Response has been published by Stenhouse. Find out more about the book here. And, Fostering Habits of Mind in Today's Students, which she co-edited with Adela Najarro and Hetty Yelland has been published by Stylus Publishing. Read more about this book here.

Otter realm Wins big!

The Otter Realm won multiple awards at this year's California College Media Association’s annual Excellence in Student Media Awards ceremony. Read more here. And, the California Newspaper Publishers Association awarded the Otter Realm a generous grant to help purchase new equipment. See the Otter Realm Facebook page here for more details.

HCOM faculty member Deb Busman--new novel is making waves

HCOM faculty member Deb Busman's new novel is getting attention in the local press. Take a look at two recent articles--in the Monterey Herald and the Santa Cruz Sentinel. And, get the book here. Congratulations Deb!

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