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University of California, Davis Course/Program Name
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International :30 Nov 

BA Communication

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

38659 USD
13951 USD

Application fee

International 80 USD
National 70 USD
College of Letters and Science
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)108
TOEFL-PBT (min)550
SAT (avg)1290
ACT (avg)320

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About this course

The program of study in communication examines communication processes at several different levels of analysis. Courses dealing with communication at the individual, interpersonal, organizational and societal levels of analysis are offered. The emphasis in the program reflects the changing focus in the discipline and society toward computer-mediated communication, quantitative behavioral science and cognitive science. Classes addressing such topics as communication and cognition, message systems, interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, communication and persuasion, organizational communication, mass media effects, computer-mediated communication and public communication campaigns explore communication at these levels of analysis. Related social science courses are also part of the major.

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Eligibility Criteria

Achieve a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 213 on the computer-based TOEFL or 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL.
Achieve a minimum score of 7 (academic module) on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Achieve a score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP Exam in English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition.
Achieve a score of 5, 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate (IB), Higher Level examination in English (Language A).
Achieve a score of 6 or higher on the International Baccalaureate (IB), Standard Level examination in English (Language A).
Achieve a score of 560 or higher on the Writing section of the SAT Reasoning Test.
Complete one transferable college courses (3 semester or 4-5 quarter units each) in English composition with "C" grades or better at an accredited U.S. college or university.

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Course Modules

Preparatory Subject Matter 29-30
Anthropology 4 or Linguistics 1 4
Communication 1 or 3 or 5/Linguistics 5 4
Computer Science 15 or Philosophy 12 4
Psychology 1 4
Sociology 1 5
Statistics 13 or Sociology 46B 4-5
Depth Subject Matter 40
Communication 101; 102; 120;140; 170/170V or 172 20
Select five of the following additional courses:

Communication 110, 111, 112, 114, 121, 122, 123, 130, 131, 136, 139, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 148, 161,165, 170/170V, 172, 174, 176, 180, 189A, 189B, 189C, 189D, Anthropology 117, 120, Economics 122, Linguistics, 171, 177, 182, Political Science 165, Psychology 100, 107, 152, 154, Sociology 126, 175, Statistics 102, 106, 108 20
Note: Many of the upper division courses offered by the other L&S departments have their own prerequisites not accounted for by lower division Communication courses. To the degree that students elect to take those courses having "hidden prerequisites," the number of units necessary to complete the major increases above the stated minimum.

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