Communication Majors - What school are you going to?

<p>A place for Comm Majors to express what they know about the UC's and State school.</p>

<p>Sadly, I was just rejected from UCLA and now I'm torn as to where I want to go. I was accepted to UCSD, UCSB, SDSU, and Long Beach. Anyone have any input or opinions about the Communication Departments at each school?</p>

<p>I have heard that UCSB's Communications theory is socially based. I know SDSU has a variety of emphasis' like PR, Advertising, etc. UCSD is gorgeous but I know nothing about their department and it is rumored to be a "commuter" school. I love the area of Long Beach but is it also a "commuter school"?</p>

<p>Thank you!</p>

<p>UCLA reject Comm major here. </p>

<p>I'm heavily leaning towards UCSD now, but I think I'm looking for a more relaxed college experience. I'm 29 years old and I've gotten all the partying out of my system. It's cool how SDSU breaks the major down into different sub-disciplines, but I think you might be over qualified for that campus lol. Did you also apply to Berkeley?</p>

<p>i was a communications minor at ucsd, took one class and dropped the minor, our program here is decent, but just like comm everywhere LOTS Of reading!! although one of my best friends here is a comm major and she's doing pretty good and thinks it's not bad :)</p>

<p>hi i just got into ucla and am a communications major. i am still, like everyone else, waiting for berkeley. i was wondering if anyone knows how their communication departments compare. i would love if you all would enlighten me. :)</p>

<p>pennie just curious, what were your stats?</p>

<p>um 3.95 GPA
satsfied all prerequisites
pretty good essay
heavy extracurriculars/work history</p>

<p>i got into ucla and ucsd... i am definitely leaning toward ucla </p>

<p>but i also applied ucb but as a soc major</p>

<p>I'm a comm major at San Jose State, and despite its status at a state school, i really think it has one of the best comm programs in the country. It's focus is on the theoretical perspective, but thats a great background for anyone who might want to go to grad school. Not to mention the journalism dept that houses all of the practical communication disiplines</p>

<p><em>raises hand</em> UCLA comm reject too.
Does anyone know who has a more practical (rather than theory-based) program? I'm trying to compare UCSD, UCSB, CSU Fullerton, and SDSU. But now this thread is also making me consider CSU Long Beach. Thanks for making this thread, veganprincess :)</p>

<p>No Problem! So I have been doing some research tonight as well:</p>

<p>I dug up some deal breaking info about UCSD:
"The communication major is not designed as a training program in advertising, journalism, production, or public relations. It provides students with a solid liberal arts background necessary for graduate studies in communication and other disciplines, and for professional work in a number of communication-related fields, including primary and secondary education."
UCSD</a> Communication | Introduction | Undergraduate program</p>

<p>SDSU: If you applied for PR (like me) or Advertising emphasis, it is actually under their new School of Journalism Media Studies (JMS).<br>
"Programs within the School prepare students for careers in advertising, journalism, public relations, and other media industries, as well as for jobs in a technologically driven workforce landscape whose future media forms cannot be predicted. The School of Journalism & Media Studies also prepares students to enter careers as analysts, producers, and editors of media content in government and private industry, as well as for graduate education in a variety of disciplines and the law."
About</a> JMS</p>

<p>LBSU: Along with general communications, they offer Interpersonal/Organizational and Rhetoric
"The Interpersonal and Organization Communication option is designed for students who wish to prepare themselves for careers in public and private organizations requiring well-developed communication skills and a knowledge of interpersonal and organizational behavior. Students choosing this option will study the theoretical and applied aspects of interpersonal and organizational communication as they function in complex organizations. They will also develop a wide range of communication skills useful in organizational environments."
"The Rhetorical Studies option is designed for students who wish to approach the study of human communication from a cultural or historical-critical perspective. In this option, students will give particular attention to the historical development of rhetoric, the study of persuasion, popular culture, media culture, and political and public affairs."
Communication</a> Studies - CSULB </p>

<p>UCSB: Theory based basically...
"In educating undergraduates we desire to provide baccalaureates with knowledge of social science scholarship in communication in an accessible, supportive, and respectful atmosphere while simultaneously aiding students to apply theory and research to pressing social problems."
Undergrad</a> Communication</p>

<p>I hope this helps, please post feedback if you know more information about these schools and their Comm programs!</p>

<p>Anyone know the admission stats for Mass Comm. @ Cal?</p>

<p>Interdisciplinary Studies (which Mass Comm is under) has a 38% admit rate.</p>

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<p>Maybe someone else can expand on the details though...</p>


<p>I'm going to ask if they ever got that email update, and if they did, also why I was rejected. If they didn't then I would assume THAT's the reason I got rejected. Closure is key, yo'. Actually, someone suggested I do this, so I'll give it a go.</p>

<p>I agree. I'm going to call tomorrow just to get some more info on why the rejection... Plus, considering that many UCLA communication majors are UCB hopeful, appealing is not entirely impossible. Doesn't hurt to try right?</p>

<p>I think it's more likely that you'd get into UCB for mass comm, to be honest. I just wasn't willing to go move to SF.</p>

<p>Yeah see I'm from here and I don't think I would want to go to UCB. Its a different kind of area.</p>

<p>Of course I'm considering USC too, it's my top choice. But, getting rejected today is making me feel really uneasy, so I'm just trying to sort out my options from the schools that I <em>did</em> get accepted to!</p>

<p>veganprincess - I am under the Media Studies specialization at SDSU. What I have heard about SDSU: the class offerings are more plentiful at State versus UCSD. But I also heard that there is no diversity in the professors at SDSU. I have not personally looked into this myself.</p>

<p>I think I've ruled out UCSB because it's so much research and theory, I don't think I'd be into it, plus it doesn't have as much to offer me as the LA area. At least if I went to SD, I'd be living with my cousin, who is one of my best friends!</p>

<p>I've heard the program at Fullerton is stellar, very hands-on... but it's a huge commuter school. =/ I'm not really looking for that in a school either so, I'm totally at a crossroads.</p>

<p>If USC accepts me, then it basically fills all my requirements, heh.</p>

<p>ucla comm rejected here.....
i only got into ucsd and ucd~~~ anyone knows about davis comm dept??</p>

<p>probably will attend ucsb comm, not sure how good it is though</p>

<p>i'm probably going to ucsb for comm.</p>

<p>my gpa is horrible so i'm doubting ucb. i'm still going to wait until i have a final rejection on 4/30 from them before i submit my sir because i've heard of miracles from them. </p>

<p>p.s. applied to ucb for rhetoric. anyone else apply for rhetoric? i don't think i've seen anyone here apply to cal for rhetoric.</p>