The Major

The major in Communication Studies is an interdisciplinary curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. It seeks to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of the nature of human communication, the symbol systems by which it functions, the environments in which it occurs, its media, and its effects. Employing critical and empirical approaches, the major draws its resources from the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts.

What do you do with a major in Communication Studies?

Communication Studies majors at UCLA often select the following areas for either graduate studies or careers:

Graduate Study:

  • Business Management
  • Communication/Communication Management
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Motion Picture/Television
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy and Administration
  • Sociology

Mass Media Careers:

  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Film (documentary & feature length): Development, Distribution, Production, and Promotion
  • Music Industry
  • Public Relations
  • Talent Agency
  • Technology and its development
  • Television: Development, Production, Programming, and Promotion

Academic, Social Service, and Government Careers:

  • Art and Architecture
  • Broadcast and Print Journalism: Anchor, Reporter, Production, Editor, and Publishing
  • Counseling and Consulting
  • Education: Teaching and Administration
  • Election Campaign Promotion
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Services
  • Municipal Planning
  • Non-profit Corporations and Fundraising
  • Service in Elective Public Offices
  • Social Work