Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Introduction to study of interpersonal and mass communication using interdisciplinary approach. Exploration of basic methods and theoretical perspectives that social scientists and others use to study interpersonal and mass communication, and basic concepts used to describe and explain that communication. Historical overview of each major mass media. Study of significant current topical issues related to means of communication that reach large numbers of people. Letter grading.

Review Summary

1.7 / 10
1.7 / 10
0-5 hrs/week
1.7 / 10


    Quarter Taken: Fall 2021 Online
    Grade: C+

    Do not take this class. It’s only a midterm, a paper, and a final. Nothing makes any sense and they grade ridiculously hard. Avoid it if you can.

    Quarter Taken: Spring 2022 In-Person
    Grade: A-

    Notoriously hard class but it is doable if you have the mindset to put in the work. I honestly learned more in this class than most of the other courses I have taken at UCLA. But the professor and all the TAs are super subjective so you'll get either a C or A depending on if they like your work.


Michael Suman
Previously taught
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Grading Information

  • No group projects

  • Attendance not required

  • 1 midterm

  • Finals week final

  • 50% recommend the textbook

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