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This is your library research guide for Communication Studies.  The Communication Studies Department at Cal State LA offers opportunities for a comprehensive study of human communication as it pertains to the dynamics of individual, social, and civic life.  They offer an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Communication, with options to concentrate in Interpersonal CommunicationOrganizational Communication and Public RelationsSocial Change and Rhetoric, or Performance StudiesThe undergraduate program is designed to meet the needs of students who plan to join the workforce and those who intend to pursue graduate education.  It offers a variety of courses that focus on the  rhetorical, cultural, relational, political, organizational, performative, and aesthetic dimensions of human interaction.  They also offer a Minor in Communication for students who wish to gain experience and skills to enhance their major program of study.

They also offer a graduate program leading to a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Communication Studies.  The graduate program combines coursework from both rhetorical and communication theory traditions.  It focuses on a wide range of areas in the study of human interaction, employing empirical, interpretive, and critical methods of investigation.  Moreover, the program provides necessary skills and training in critical thinking and problem solving as well as research and writing techniques.  These can be applied to both academic and professional contexts and career fields specific to the students’ goals, objectives, and interests.


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