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.

hcom has moved!

As of January 6, 2016, the Division of Humanities and Communication is now located in Building 201, the University Corporation Building, located at the corner of Inter-Garrison and Sixth Ave. The main HCOM offices are located in suite 115 and HCOM faculty offices across most of the first floor. Stop by to check out our new offices.

event calendar

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

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HCOM news

mexican-America and the vietnam war talk march 7

Tomas Summers Sandoval, an Associate Professor of History and Chicana/o - Latina/o studies at Pomona College and former HCOM faculty member will be giving a talk entitled "The Invisible History of the Vietnam War in Mexican America” in the University Center Ballroom on March 7 at 7:00 PM. The event is co-sponsored by HCOM, the Department of Cinematic Arts, the School of World Languages and Cultures, the Office of Inclusive Excellence, and the Columbia Oral History MA Alumni Association

Summers Sandoval is the author of Latinos at the Golden Gate: Creating Community and Identity in San Francisco (University of North Carolina Press, 2013) the first book on the history of Latino community in San Francisco. He is currently at work on a book detailing the experiences of Latino communities in relation to the Vietnam War.

diana garcia reading february 9

HCOM faculty member Diana Garcia will read from her poetry at the Cesar Chavez Library in Salinas on February 9, 2016 as part of a collaboration with the Visual and Public Art program at CSUMB in connection with Latino Americans programming supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

otter realm nominated for nine awards

Congratulations to the Otter Realm which was nominated for 9 awards from the California College Media Association.

Nominees include:

  • Best News Series - Alex Hennessey, Yuri Lara, Caeman Amelio, Mackenzie Handy, Sam Robinson Otter Realm/Otter Romp
  • Best Non-Breaking News Story- Danny Simon, Katie Kishi, Stefan Fahrner, Sam Robinson, Otter Romp
  • Best Newspaper Column -Elizabeth Hensley
  • Best Features Photograph -Andres Hernandez
  • Best Photo Illustration -Achelle Reynoso
  • Best Headline Portfolio -Achelle Reynoso
  • Best Special Issue/Section - Sam Robinson, Alex Hennessey, Otter Romp
  • Best Website - Toutoua Vang
  • Best Podcast - Raquelle Miller, Estella Porras

Journalism and media studies brown bag event 

Join us Wed., Feb. 10 from Noon to 1:30 p.m. in the UROC conference room, (Suite 2150, second floor of the library) for research presentations and discussion.

Dr. Sam Robinson and Elizabeth Hensley will present: Stop the Press: A case study using Critical Race Theory to unpack and challenge the barrier of whiteness in newspapers.

Dr. Estella Porras will present: News from and about situated living bodies: Community Journalism as Embodied Practice.

Bring your lunch and join the conversation about new ways to think and envision journalism.

book launch

On March 10, 2016 from 4:30 to 7:00 PM in the Alumni and Visitors Center, there will be a book launch sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence for Fostering Habits of Mind in Today's Students: A New Approach to Developmental Education. Co-edited by HCOM faculty member Jennifer Fletcher, the book explores, as its publisher Stylus notes, how these strategies "promote life-long, integrative learning and foster intellectual qualities such as curiosity, openness, flexibility, engagement, and persistence that are the key to developing internalized and transferable competencies that are seldom given direct attention in college classrooms." Contributors include CSUMB faculty Olga Blomgren, Maria Boza, Jennifer Fletcher, Rebecca Kersnar, Sunita Lanka, and Natasha Oelman and former TLA Director Becky Rosenberg.

Contact HCOM

(831) 582-3889


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