Requirements for students who are admitted to the major as of Fall 2011 [Note that if you were admitted to the major before Fall 2011, you will still be using the old requirements by default, but can opt to use the new requirements by contacting the undergraduate counselor]. 

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Students pursuing the major in Communication Studies must complete the required lower and upper division courses as set forth below. This major currently includes at least 45 units comprised of 7 lower and 10-11 upper division courses. Changes in specific courses included in the C.S. curriculum are made from time to time. These changes may not immediately be reflected on this website. Where discrepancies between this website and the UCLA Catalog occur it is best to check with the C.S. counselor.

Enrollment in the major is limited. Admission to the major is by application to the committee in charge. Applications are available at to regularly enrolled UCLA students during Spring Quarter.  


Transfer applicants to the Communication Studies major with 90 or more units must complete at least four of the following seven lower division requirement courses by the end of Fall semester prior to transfer from community college or four year university: Communication Studies 10 or one interpersonal communication and one mass communication course, one public address course, one linguistics course, one statistics course, and three courses from psychology, American government, sociology, and microeconomics or political economy.  

PLEASE NOTE: An Advanced Placement (AP) score of 4 or higher can be used in place of the major prep course for the Statistics, Psychology or Microeconomics requirements but will NOT count towards the minimum four letter graded prep courses by the end of Fall semester prior to transfer for a valid application.

Refer to the UCLA Transfer Admission Guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission: 


A letter grade is required for ALL courses in the major.

I. Seven Lower Division Courses Required for the Major:

  • CS 1
  • CS 10
  • Anthro 4 (formerly Anthro 33) or CS M70 or Ling 1
  • Econ 41 or Stats 10  * A score of 4 or higher on the AP Statistics exam can be used in place of the statistics course

And select three (3) additional courses from:

  • Econ 1 or Econ 5 or Poli Sci 30 * A score of 4 or higher on the AP Microeconomics exam can be used in place of microeconomics course
  • Poli Sci 40
  • Psych 10 * A score of 4 or higher on the AP Psychology exam can be used in place of the psychology course
  • Soc 1

The Major

Students must complete ten (10) to eleven (11) upper division courses as follows:  [Note that the practicum requirement can be satisfied by a course that also satisfies a field course requirement, in which case it would add zero additional units beyond the core and field course units].

II. Core Requirements

  • CS 100
  • CS 150 * Stats 10 prerequisite

III. Required Area Courses: A total of eight courses from the following four areas, including at least one core course in each area:

A.  Mass Communication and Media Institutions—
Core courses: Communication Studies 133, 140, M147, 152.  Elective courses:  Asian Am 172C; Communication Studies 105, 106, 107, 128, 132, 136, M137, 141, 143, 145, 146, 148, M149, M153, 157, M159, M165, 166, M169, M175, 179, 182, 183, 187, 188A, 191A, Film and Television 108, Political Science M142D. 

B.  Interpersonal Communication—
Core courses: Communication Studies 110, 111, M113, 114, 120, 126.  Elective Courses: Anthropology 135A, M140, 141, Communication Studies 109, 112, 116, M117, 118, 119, M123W, M125, M127, M144A, M144B, 188B, 191B, Linguistics 103, 170, Philosophy 172; Psychology 135, 137C, 137I (or Sociology M165), 177, 178 (or Sociology 132), Sociology 134 or 156.

C.  Communication Technology and Digital Systems—
Core courses: Communication Studies 129, 151, 154, 156, 158.  Elective courses:  Communication Studies 155, 157, 188C, 191C, Geography 138.

D.  Political and Legal Communication—
Core courses: Communication Studies 101, 160, M161, 162, 170.  Elective courses:  Communication Studies 102, 163, 164, 167, 168, 171, M172, M176, 178, 184, 188D, 191D, Political Science M141A, 141B, 141C, 141E or Sociology 133.

IV. Required Practicum Course: One course from Communication Studies 101, 102, 109, 103A, 103B, 104, 111, 116, M117, 160, M176, 188E, 191E.


Requirements for students who were admitted to the major before Fall 2011