Communication studies voted 2019 ‘Best Major’ at Sac State


Aaron Jackson

Sacramento State students have been voting for the past week on their favorite major via The State Hornet’s third annual Best of Sac State poll, and have selected communication studies as the winner.

Communication studies is one of 10 majors in the College of Arts & Letters and currently has 26 full-time professors and 54 part-time lecturers, according to Sac State’s website. The major requires 39 units for a bachelor’s degree and 18 units for a minor.

There are currently over 2,000 communication studies majors at Sac State, according to Department Chair Gerri Smith.

Communication studies major Jonel Ferrer said that he hopes to become a videographer and own his own company where he can hire other content creators.

“I was originally a medical student, but I changed (to communication studies) because I enjoy interacting with people,” Ferrer said.

Junior communication studies major Ghafar Shabnam said she decided to major in communication studies because of the work she is doing outside of school.

“I have always done makeup artistry and have my own business on the side where I am speaking to people every day and having one-on-one conversations,” Shabnam said. “I feel like that links to communication.”

A degree in communication studies may present many career opportunities, including jobs in human resources, public relations and government, among others, Smith said.

Communication is central to how we organize, structure, and convey ourselves in society, be it at work, in relationships and beyond,” Smith said. “With a communication studies degree, the options are limitless due to the applicability of the theories and applicable skills.”

For a full list of 2019 Best of Sac State results, click here.

CORRECTION: April 13, 2019

An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the number of full-time and part-time faculty as 25 full-time and part-time, when in fact, there are 26 full-time faculty and 54 part-time faculty.