Communications, BA, Journalism Concentration

Arts & Humanities (ah)

Department of Communications

Department Chair: Dr. Md Naser

Office: Media Arts Center, Room 106

Phone: (661) 654- 2569


Program Maps for Arts and Humanities

Program Description

The Department of Communications offers the Bachelor of Arts in Communications. The program presents a combination of theoretical knowledge with practice and analytical skills, all oriented to the recognition and solution of communication problems as they occur in their various forms and within diverse contexts and media.

Students completing a major in Communications have the opportunity to apply what has been learned in related activity, production courses, and internships. Study will concentrate in one of three areas (Journalism, Public Relations, and Digital Media). The general emphasis of this program is upon breadth and flexibility in preparation for diverse career opportunities.

The Journalism Concentration is designed for students interested in careers in newspapers, TV, radio, magazines, book publishing, technical writing, writing for social media, and web publishing. 

The department offers a minor in Communications. For other information about the Department of Communications, please visit

Goals and Objectives

The goals of the Department of Communications are to prepare our students to acquire practical and analytical tools of communication, and to position them to be engaged citizens and equal participants in the application of their knowledge in the use of communication in various contexts and their chosen careers. To serve these goals, our curriculum stresses student-based knowledge of communications processes, innovative and practical approaches that adapt to multidisciplinary contexts, critical thinking, and sensitivity to public communication, and the importance of communication and social responsibility.

Teaching Credential - Liberal Studies

Communications is a concentration option for Liberal Studies majors.

Student Societies for Communications Majors Lambda Pi Eta (The Official Honor Society of the National Communication Association)

Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the official undergraduate National Communication Honor Society of the National Communication Association (NCA). Established in 1985, LPH has over 200 chapters and over 4000 members nationwide. NCA directs and administers LPH, which is fully accredited by the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). LPH represents what Aristotle described in his book, Rhetoric, as the three ingredients of persuasion: Logos (Lambda) meaning logic, Pathos (Pi) relating to emotion and Ethos (Eta) defines as character credibility and ethics. The CSUB Chapter received its charter on May 25, 1999. In accordance with the date of its founding, the CSUB official Greek name is Iota Zeta. The goals of Lambda Pi Eta are to: recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement; stimulate interest in the field of communication; promote and encourage professional development among communication majors; provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas about the field; establish and maintain close relationships and understanding between faculty and students; and explore options for further graduate studies. In order to qualify for membership in Lambda Pi Eta, a student must have completed at least 90 units in college; 18 units of communications study; have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0; have a communications studies GPA of at least 3.25; be in a good standing at the college or university; and display commitment to the field of communication. Once a student is inducted in Lambda Pi Eta, he or she is a member for life.

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) - CSUB Chapter

The Public Relations Student Society of America is the preeminent public relations student organization in the world. The CSUB Chapter is chartered by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Board of Directors. The mission of PRSSA is twofold:

  1. to serve its members by enhancing their knowledge of public relations and providing access to professional development opportunities; and,
  2. to serve the public relations profession by helping to develop highly qualified well- relations.