Kerr Hall
(530) 752-3464
Staff/Student Advisor
Stephanie Fallas
466 Kerr Hall
Office Hours
M-F 8am-12pm, 1pm-5pm

Communication is one of the smaller departments on campus. Until Fall 2006, they didn't even have any graduate students, which made it harder to fill TA positions. Because of the historical drought of TAs in the department, the faculty tends to use multiple guess testing more often than other departments. Some people (especially the faculty) believe that the department gives difficult multiple guess tests. Others disagree.

Like many other departments, communication's role is mostly servicing students outside of the major. For example, all engineering undergrads are required to take either CMN 1 or CMN 3. The large number of engineering majors and the small number of faculty and graduate students often means that those classes in particular are often difficult to get into.

The department offers an AB to undergrads as well as a minor. The graduate program offers an MA with both a thesis and a non-thesis track. The department does not currently offer a PhD.

Popular courses

  • CMN 1: Public Speaking
  • CMN 3: Interpersonal Communication
  • CMN 103: Gender Differences in Communication
  • CMN 134: Interpersonal Communication
  • CMN 140: The Media Industry
  • CMN 142: News Policies, Practices and Effects

Links to Communication Graduate Programs in California

Emphasis on Mass Communication