Department of Communication Studies

Communications Studies Faculty
MUS 104 · Phone: (323)343-4200 · Fax: (323)343-6467
Office Hours:  Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 6:00pm, Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Chair: David S. Olsen · Associate Chair: Kevin Baaske


The Communication major at Cal State LA offers opportunities for a comprehensive study of human communication as it pertains to the dynamics of individual, social, and civic life.  We offer an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Communication, with options to concentrate in Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication and Public Relations, Social Change and Rhetoric, or Performance Studies.  We also offer a graduate program leading to a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Communication Studies. Additionally, we offer a Minor in Communication for students who wish to gain experience and skills to enhance their major program of study. More...

Calendar of Events

  • Complete A&L Calendar of Events


  • M.A. Program Application Deadlines:

    For Fall 2016 admission, please submit all materials to Dept and University by March 1, 2016

  • Careers in COM (PDF)
  • Border Rhetorics Communication Studies Professor D. Robert DeChaine recently edited a book entitled Border Rhetorics: Citizenship and Identity on the US-Mexico Frontier (University of Alabama Press, 2012).  In the book, DeChaine and his contributors critically examine the figure of "the border" and its function in imagining, producing, regulating, and potentially challenging structures of power in contemporary US society.

    Click here for more information about DeChaine's book and its contributors.