Department of Communication Studies

Communications Studies Faculty
Office Hours:  Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Music Building, Room 104
Phone: (323)343-4200  ·  Fax: (323)343-6467
Chair:  David Olsen  ·  Associate Chair:   Kevin Baaske


Welcome to Communication Studies!

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 in Communication for Social Change, Organizational and Applied Communication, Mass Communication (Advertising and Public Relations), and Intersecting Identities and Relationships. Each option of the major covers a cluster of the subfields of the discipline represented in the major U.S. and international associations of communication scholarship.  All options require a common set of core courses that provide a theoretical understanding of the nature, function, and significance of human communication as an interdisciplinary field of knowledge, spanning social scientific and humanistic perspectives.  These options provide students opportunities to specialize in theory, research, and practice of human communication in specific hubs and contexts.  more...


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.


COMM Faculty with Cal State LA's Outstanding Lecturer, Dr. Kamran Afary.

Click here for more information about Dr. Kamran Afary.