48 months
15246 USD/year
15246 USD/year
5742 USD/year
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The Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree program offered by the California State University San Marcos provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of the nature of communication, its varied forms and uses, and its multiple social, cultural, and cognitive effects.


Courses introduce students to the significance of communication within their own lives, showing its relevance to the complex relationships they enter into as participants in families, communities, and organizations; as representatives of one or more cultures; and as consumers of information distributed through mediated channels.

As the world becomes more complex, so do the forms of communication needed to interact. This is especially evident within contemporary institutions where gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and social class differences must be negotiated on an ongoing basis through everyday communication activities. The study of communication in everyday settings is essential for:

  • Judging whether communication processes are effectively meeting the needs of institutions and the people involved with them;
  • Analyzing systems of communication in order to identify areas for change;
  • Devising plans to improve communication practices and systems.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication offered by the California State University San Marcos teaches analytical, critical, and practical skills that will help students to understand and improve communication practices and systems in all types of social settings. More specifically, students who graduate with a B.A. in Communication will be able to:

  • Make knowledgeable and relevant contributions to intellectual conversation pertaining to communication phenomena.
  • Argue convincingly and respond constructively to positions regarding the problems, applicable standards, and communication practices, enabling improved functioning of communication processes and systems.
  • Conceptualize and appreciate the point of view of one’s counterparts in communicative interaction while attempting respectfully to incorporate their viewpoints into one’s own.
  • Analyze forms and contexts of communication from a variety of intellectual perspectives (philosophical, historical, theoretical, and practical).
  • Make cooperative, civil, appropriate, and timely contributions in talk, written, and mediated discourse, to advance the direction and purpose of the communication event.

Career Opportunities

Communication is increasingly recognized as an extremely significant, multifaceted phenomenon that deserves our focused attention. Increasingly, both private and public sectors are emphase the importance of communication skills in their hiring decisions and assessments of potential for career success. Consistently, business leaders have identified that potential employees must have effective communication skills and be able to work collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds.

The growing telecommunications and digital information industries are very receptive to communication majors, as are private and public organizations and agencies, which often hire communication majors as specialists and consultants to improve organizational communication. A communication degree offers interesting career opportunities in the areas of business management, public health communication, community relations, government, public affairs, international trade, conflict mediation, advertising and market research, foreign service, teaching, and law.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Communication
  • Argumentation & Dialogue
  • Communication Theory
  • Group Interaction and Problem Solving Methods
  • Conflict and Communication
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Language and Social Interaction
  • Language and Social Interaction

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements


  • Completion of preparatory A–G Courses
  • Test Scores (SAT and ACT)
  • Your official GPA for admission to any California State University, including CSUSM, may be different than the GPA on your high school transcript. This is because we calculate your high school GPA using your 10th–12th grade A-G courses.
  • University Application
  • All official academic records
  • Official English translations of all academic records
  • Affidavit of Financial Support
  • Copy of your Passport
  • Are or will be a high school/secondary school graduate or equivalent
  • Equivalent of a "B" (3.0) grade point average

Tuition Fee

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    15246 USD/year
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  • National

    15246 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15246 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    5742 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5742 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for San Marcos

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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