Foundations • Inquiry • Practice Courses

Each Foundations (F), Inquiry (I), and Practice (P) course is four units. The additional unit, also called the engagement unit, is designed to enrich your learning experiences and to facilitate your achievement of course learning objectives. The activities you'll complete for the engagement unit will deepen your understanding of course materials as you engage in meaningful ways with the concepts you're learning in the course. Students enrolled in 4-unit courses are expected to spend on average of 45 hours (or 3 hours per week over the course of a regular semester) outside of the classroom to complete engagement activities. This unit is worth 25% of the overall grade.

Foundations Inquiry Practice

COMM 110F Interpersonal Communication
COMM 117F Understanding Play & Games
COMM 122F Performance Studies
COMM 130F Activism, Action, and Resistance

COMM 132F Dis/Ability Comm

COMM 133F Ethical Problems in Communication
COMM 144F Organizational Communication
COMM 146F Communication and the Environment
COMM 149F Rhetoric and Public Life
COMM 160F Language, Meaning and Culture
COMM 161F Communication and Culture
COMM 164F Communication and Global Organizations
COMM 170F Persuasion
COMM 171F Visual Communication
COMM 172F Multicultural Communication in the US
COMM 173F Intercultural Communication and Global Understanding
COMM 175F Nonverbal Communication
COMM 181F New Media/New World

COMM 119I Researching Games
COMM 123I 
Performance of Ethnodrama
COMM 145I Rhetorical and Cultural Criticism
COMM 150I Inquiry in Organizational Communication
COMM 151I New Media/New Methods
COMM 152I Communication in World Cultures

COMM 153I Discourse Analysis

COMM 154I Ethnography for Comm Studies

COMM 155I Quantitative Communication Inquiry

COMM 156I Observation and Interviewing Methods

COMM 169I The Media: Response and Criticism

COMM 105P Communication, Self & Society
COMM 111P Interviewing
COMM 113P Games in Everyday Life
COMM 114P Business and Professional Speaking
COMM 115P Communication and Conflict
COMM 116P Mediation: Theory and Practice
COMM 120P Persuasive and Presentation Skills
COMM 121P Performance as Practice
COMM 124P Training and Development
COMM 125P Ensemble Performance
COMM 131P New Media/You Media
COMM 140P Argumentation and Debate
COMM 141P Small Group Communication

COMM 147P Argumentation and Persuasion in Courts of Law

COMM 148P Environmental Advocacy

COMM 165P Comm & Org Philanthropy

COMM 176P Gender and Communication

COMM 182P Communication in the Classroom


Core GE Courses

Up to 8 units may count toward the major that are not used to fulfill Core GE requirements

  • COMM 10, Communication and Human Relationships (D1)
  • COMM 20, Public Speaking (A1)
  • COMM 20N, Public Speaking for Non-native Speakers (A1)
  • COMM 21, Performing Culture and Society (D1)
  • COMM 40, Argumentation and Advocacy (A1)
  • COMM 41, Critical Decision Making (A3)
  • COMM 45, Media and Culture (A3)
  • COMM 74/74Q, Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication (E)

SJSU Studies Courses

Up to 6 units may count toward the major

  • COMM 100W, Writing Workshop: Writing for Influence (Area Z)
  • COMM 157, Community Action/Community Service (Area S; substitutes for COMM 198)
  • COMM 168/168W, Global Climate Change (Areas R, S V, and Z)
  • COMM 174, Intercultural Communication and Structural Inequalities (Area S)
  • COMM 179, Global Media and Resistance (Area V)

Independent and Supervised Activity Courses

Up to 4 units may count toward the major (only 1 unit of COMM 80 or COMM 91J may count toward the major)

  • COMM 80, Communication Lab. 1 unit. Credit/No Credit course
  • COMM 91J, Judge Training. 1 unit. Credit/No Credit course
  • COMM 180, Individual Studies. Can be taken for 1, 2, or 3 units. Credit/No Credit course
  • COMM 184, Directed Reading. Can be taken for 1 or 2 units. Credit/No Credit course 
  • COMM 190, Activity Projects in Speech. Can be taken for 1, 2, or 3 units. Credit/No Credit course
  • COMM 191A/B/C/J/M, Activity Projects in Forensics.   Can be taken for 1, 2, or 3 units. Credit/No Credit courses

Complete List of Communication Studies Courses (SJSU Studies Catalog)