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Communications studies won “Best Major” for the second year in a row from the State Hornet’s ‘Best of Sac State’ voting poll.

Communication studies voted Sac State’s ‘Best Major’ 2nd year in a row

Communication studies at Sacramento State was voted “Best Major” for the second year in a row in The State Hornet’s fourth annual Best of Sac State survey.

Gerri Smith, the communication studies department chair said there are over 1,800 students within the department pursuing one out of four majors in either communication studies, public relations, journalism or film. 

Smith said she feels a sense of pride with communication studies winning for the second year in a row 

“I love that our students enjoy the work that they do in our classes and in our major,” Smith said.

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According to Smith, there are 28 full time, tenure-track faculty and 40 to 46 lecturer faculty in any given semester in the department

“I’ve had such great professors that have been super supportive and wanting their students to succeed,” said Destiny Castillo, a communication studies major and graduating senior.  

For incoming freshmen joining the communication studies department, Castillio said that students should get involved as much as they can. There are several opportunities offered to help with career success in a student’s path towards graduation, Castillo said.

“Make the most of your experience. I think the communications department has a lot to offer,” Castillo said. “They are always doing things for students and they have a lot of opportunities.” 

Junior communication studies major, Excell Brown, said she changed her major her sophomore year after entering Sac State with an expressed interest in psychology. 

Brown said the transition was smooth when she switched over and that she felt very welcomed. 

“Every single coms professor that I’ve had, I’ve enjoyed their presence,” Brown said. “They’re all very supportive.”

Brown noted that she enjoys the readings and curriculum involved in her major.

Smith said the department wants students to learn critical thinking skills and how to become outstanding communicators when it comes to writing, listening and understanding people outside of Sac State.


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