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Bachelor of Arts

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In order to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in Communication, students must complete a minimum of 124 units with a Pacific cumulative and major/program grade point average of 2.0.

I. General Education Requirements
Minimum 42 units and 12 courses, including:

  • PACS 001 Pacific Seminar I: What is a Good Society?
  • PACS 002 Pacific II Topical Seminar
  • PACS 003 Pacific Seminar III: The Ethics of Family, Work, and Citizenship

Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 16 or more transfer units complete 2 additional General Education elective courses from below in place of taking PACS 001 and 002.

One course from each subdivision below:

  • The Individual and Society
    • IA. Individual and Interpersonal Behavior
    • IB. U.S. Studies
    • IC. Global Studies
  • Human Heritage
    • IIA. Literature, Letters and Language
    • IIB. Fundamental Human Concerns
    • IIC. Practice and Perspective in the Visual and Performing Arts
  • Natural World and Formal Systems of Thought
    • IIIA. Life and Physical Laboratory Sciences
    • IIIB. Formal Systems of Thought
    • IIIC. Science, Technology, and Society
      or a second Life and Physical Laboratory Science


Note: 1) A complete list of the courses that satisfy the subdivisions above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog and the online course search. 2) No more than two courses from a discipline may be applied to meet the requirements of the general education program.

II. College of the Pacific BA Requirement
a. One year of college instruction or equivalent training in a language other than English.
Note: 1) Transfer students with sophomore standing are exempt from this requirement.

III. Fundamental Skills
Demonstrate competence in:

  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Quantitative analysis


Note: 1) A detailed description of how you can satisfy the fundamental skills above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog.

IV. Breadth Requirement
Complete 64 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline (Including general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.)

V. Major Requirements
Minimum 44 units, including:

  • Take all core courses:
    • COMM 025 Introduction to Communication
    • COMM 027 Public Speaking
    • COMM 031 Media and Society
    • COMM 043 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
    • COMM 050 Introduction to Communication Technologies
    • COMM 145 Human Communication Theory
    • COMM 160 Communication Research Methods

Note: 1) Students must earn a 2.5 average in COMM 027, 031, and 043 in order to
meet the prerequisites for COMM 160.

  • Two of the following theory courses:
    • COMM 116 Rhetorical Theory
    • COMM 117 Political Advocacy
    • COMM 133 Documentary Film as Persuasive Communication
    • COMM 139 Mass Communication Theory
    • COMM 143 Intercultural Communication
    • COMM 147 Nonverbal Communication
    • COMM 149 Introduction to Organizational Communication
    • COMM 155 Persuasion
  • Two of the following applied courses:
    • COMM 114 Argumentation and Advocacy
    • COMM 131 Media Production
    • COMM 132 Writing for Media
    • COMM 134 Documentary Film Production
    • COMM 135 Principles of Public Relations
    • COMM 137 PR Case Studies & Problems
    • COMM 140 Writing for Public Relations
    • COMM 152 Public Relations Administration
    • COMM 193A Special Topic: Social Media for Public Relations
  • Minimum 2 units of internship or practicum:
    • COMM 087 Internship
    • COMM 187 Internship
    • COMM 089 Practicum
    • COMM 189 Practicum
  • Take both Capstone courses:
    • COMM 150 Ethical and Legal Issues in Communication
    • COMM 151 Community Based Learning Project

Note: 1) Courses must be graded C- or higher to count towards the major.