Communication Transfer Pathway

Taking the following courses will prepare you to major in communication at any UC campus.

Course expectations

  • Statistics
  • Introduction to communication studies (includes mass communication and interpersonal communication; depending on the California community college, 1 or 2 terms)
  • Choose 1 course from the following:
    • Symbolic logic
    • Introduction to computer science
    • Introduction to cultural studies/culture & communication studies
  • Choose 3 courses from the following:
    • Public speaking
    • Linguistics
    • Introduction to psychology
    • Introduction to sociology

Full sequences can take two to four terms to complete (depending on whether your institution is on semesters or quarters), so you'll want to start them early. To check which of your community college courses satisfy the Pathway course expectations at multiple UC campuses, refer to the UC Transfer Pathways Guide for a summary list. Use ASSIST to find the specific classes offered at your community college that will satisfy the expected coursework at a particular campus. In addition to the coursework above, you will need to fulfill minimum requirements expected of all transfer applicants to UC.

If you're working on an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in communication at your community college, there's a lot of overlap with UC Transfer Pathway coursework. When you have options, try to select courses for your ADT that meet both the ADT and UC requirements. The main difference between what UC expects and what some ADTs require is statistics. Additional courses required for an ADT may be eligible for UC credit at some campuses. Check ASSIST for details.

Applicable majors

The Communication Pathway applies to the degree programs listed below. More degree programs may be added in the future so you should check back periodically to see if your major has joined this list.

  • Communication, A.B. at Davis
  • Communication, B.A. at Los Angeles
  • Communication, B.A. at San Diego
  • Communication, B.A. at Santa Barbara
  • Media studies, B.A. at Berkeley

Campus GPA requirements

Admission to different UC campuses and majors varies in competitiveness depending on how many students apply and how many slots are available. As a result, the minimum GPA and grade requirements for particular courses may vary from campus to campus. Make sure to look on the campus admissions websites to find minimum expected grade point averages for the major you are interested in.