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Through communication, humans structure their environment and determine the nature of their relationships with others. This major centers on the scientific study of communication, its processes and effects. Students may take courses related to interpersonal communication, social influence and persuasion, or the social effects of media and new information technologies. Because communication is the most basic social behavior and the means by which individuals function in society, its study is relevant to many academic and career interests. However, the major does not focus on specific skills training such as public relations, broadcast journalism, or sports marketing. All students are required to apply to the major.

Major Details

College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see the Department of Communication requirement page for more information.

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus
  • UA Online

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
Third Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
Fourth Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
COMM 101 Introduction to the Study of Communication 3
SBS/COMM 200 Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences or Math 263 Introduction to Statistics and Biostatistics 3
Minor Course 4
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
4th Semester
COMM 228 Introduction to Research Methods in Communication 3
COMM Skills Course 3
Minor Course 3
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3
5th Semester
COMM 300 Introduction to Communication Theory 3
COMM Elective 3
COMM Elective 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
6th Semester
COMM Theory Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
COMM Theory Course 3
COMM Theory Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
COMM Theory Course 3
COMM Theory Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 4

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of writing, speaking, analysis, research, and critical thinking skills gained from a major in Communication provides a strong foundation for a wide variety of careers. This major does not restrict you to a specific field. Graduates in Communication might work in public relations, politics, education, outreach, advertising, or sales, among many other options. This major is also excellent preparation for law school or graduate studies in communication, business, English, or public administration.

Potential Career Areas

  • Public relations
  • Sales
  • Media
  • Outreach
  • Education
  • Advertising
  • Speech writing
  • Consulting
  • Fundraising/development
  • Event planning

Sample Employers

  • Businesses
  • Public relations firms
  • Retailers
  • Political campaigns
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Schools and universities
  • Print media
  • Television and radio
  • Research organizations
  • Advertising and marketing firms

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Public Relations Specialist $30,600 - $52,100
Volunteer Coordinator $25,000 - $85,000
Speechwriter $25,000 - $100,000
Webmaster $35,000 - $80,000
Internal Publications Coordinator $25,000 - $50,000
Public Information Officer $30,000 - $75,000
Communications Director $40,000 - $75,000
Crisis Management Consultant $30,000 - $250,000
Development Assistant $25,000 - $50,000
Event Planner $27,450 - $44,260
Advertising Sales Agent $22,800 - $45,300
Customer Service Manager $26,000 - $49,000
Media Relations Specialist $30,140 - $51,280