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Department of Communication Studies College of Arts & Letters

About Communication Studies

Academic Programs

Courses in Communication Studies focus on understanding the communication process and developing skills to communicate effectively.

The Department offers a wide range of courses in interpersonal, group, and organizational communication, rhetorical theory and criticism, public relations, mass communication and research methodologies.

Explore Our Degree Opportunities

If you need major advising, set up an appointment with the SAGE Center or with a major advisor.

Department Chair, Dr. Gerri Smith will not be holding office hours October 12-26.

If you have general questions, please see department virtual hours:

Mondays and Wednesdays 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

For faculty questions, please see Katrina Roose's virtual office hours:

Mondays and Wednesdays: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Thursdays: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Academic Calendar


    General Communication Studies

    The B.A. in General Communication Studies consists of 39 units, with the flexibility to select courses based in: Small Group, Organizational, Interpersonal, Intercultural, Mass Communication and Rhetoric.

    Public Relations

    The Public Relations concentration has a theoretical base focused on the concepts of publics and how communication informs various audiences. Experiential learning via internships and engagement with PRSSA chapters offer students co-curricular learning opportunities.


    The Sac State Journalism program emphasizes writing, editing, and interactive media, preparing students for success in media-related jobs. Journalism majors can write for The State Hornet.

    Film Program

    The Film major aims at developing a deeper understanding of the art and practice of film, and the artists whose vision have inspired generations of filmmakers through interdisciplinary coursework.

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    Department of Communication Studies
    Mendocino Hall, Room 5014
    Mon. - Fri., 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Contact Us

    Phone: (916) 278-5312

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