B.A. Communication

Declare the COMM Major (Main Campus)

  1. Students must complete the online information session
  2. Complete the online quiz AND the academic agreement (links provided in the information session). 

New majors are declared every Friday at the start of the business day. For more information, please visit the advising page.

Declare the COMM Major (Arizona Online)

Arizona Online students should contact the online program advisor, Emily Burruel Bonney (eburruel@arizona.edu) to declare or change their major to Communication.


  • Continuing students must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 and no pending incomplete grades.
  • No prerequisite courses are required to declare the major.

Refer to the checklist from the semester that you were admitted:

Program Overview

Humans structure their environment and determine the nature of their relationships with others through communication. This major centers on the scientific study of communication, its processes and effects.

The B.A. in Communication provides you with skills that are useful for a variety of careers. You will learn how to speak and write effectively, conduct research to better understand the world around you, become critical a consumer of information, and apply critical thinking skills to real world challenges.

You will have the opportunity to take courses in

  • interpersonal communication
  • social influence and persuasion
  • social effects of media
  • new information technologies

Because communication is the most basic social behavior and the means by which individuals function in society, its study is relevant to many academic and career interests. However, the major does not focus on specific skills training such as public relations, broadcast journalism, or sports marketing.

Important Information

Declaring the Communication major does not guarantee registration in Communication courses. Registration is on a first come first served basis during priority registration and during open enrollment.

Additionally, courses are subject to prerequisite requirements. Please note, all prerequisites for Communication courses are waived during the summer and winter terms.

-The Communication Department is not responsible for any fees associated with your current program of study. If you need to change your major immediately, please email a Communication advisor and request that your major be changed to “No Major Selected in Social and Behavioral Sciences” while you are in the process of changing your major to “Communication”.