Combined Major in Mass Communication and Political Science

Students electing to major in both Mass Communication and Political Science must complete the requirements for both majors. Following the outline below, students can complete the two majors with 69 units of Mass Communication and Political Science courses. Completing these two majors separately requires a minimum of 75 units (36 units in Mass Communication and 39 units in Political Science). Students interested in the combined major should consult in advance with an adviser in both departments to review requirements.

Completion of individual majors in Political Science and Mass Communication requires the successful completion of 75 units (39 in political science and 36 in mass communication). However, by electing the combined major in Political Science and Mass Communication, students will be able to complete both majors with a total of 69 units. Students interested in either of the combined majors should consult with an adviser in both departments to review requirements.

In Political Science, students must complete all requirements for the major. However, they must substitute two of the following upper-level courses (6 units) in mass communication toward fulfillment of the required four courses (12 units) of upper-division electives in the Elective Section of the Political Science major (students will need to fulfill MCOM course prerequisites in advance of taking these courses):

MCOM 350MEDIA LAW 13
MCOM 352MEDIA CRITICISM3
MCOM 385MASS MEDIA AND SOCIETY3
MCOM 431PUBLIC OPINION AND THE PRESS3
MCOM 433MEDIA ETHICS 13
MCOM 477SPECIAL TOPICS IN JOURNALISM 23
MCOM 478SPECIAL TOPICS IN ADVERTISING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS 23
MCOM 479SPEC TOPICS IN MASS COMMUNICATION 23
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Requires consent of the instructor

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Topic to be approved by the Department of Political Science

In Mass Communication, students must complete all requirements for the major. However, they must substitute two of the following upper-level courses (6 units) in Political Science toward fulfillment of electives (9 units) in Mass Communication (students will need to fulfill POSC course prerequisites in advance of taking these courses):

Select two of the following:6
POSC 301POLITICAL RESEARCH I3
POSC 340COMPARATIVE PUBLIC POLICY3
POSC 375PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION3
POSC 381THE PRESIDENCY3
POSC 417AMERICAN POLITICAL PARTIES3
POSC 459SIMULATION AND GAMES IN POLITICAL SCIENCE3
POSC 470SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE 13
POSC 471SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE 13
POSC 472SPEC TOPICS POSC 13
POSC 473SPEC TOPICS POSC 13
POSC 474SPEC TOPICS POSC 13
POSC 475SPEC TOPICS POSC 13
POSC 476SPEC TOPICS POSC 13
POSC 477SPEC TOPICS POSC 13
POSC 478SPEC TOPICS POSC 13
POSC 479SPEC TOPICS POSC 13
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Topic to be approved by the Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Please contact your major department for more information.