Important Information

On May 28, Chancellor Gary S. May wrote:

“The events of this week also cause me to believe even more strongly, if that’s possible, in building an inclusive environment that recognizes and respects people of all backgrounds and experiences. I remain committed to that and hope you will do what you can to eliminate racism, sexism, and other negative influences on our progression as a nation.”

We join Chancellor May in these efforts toward building diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment in the Department of Communication and at the University of California Davis. To learn more, including a list of resources are available for students in crisis, need of support, or who have experienced racism or bias, click?here.

Important Covid-19 Information:

In light of the Covid-19 situation, ?all UC Davis Fall 2020 courses will move to virtual instruction. ?As a result, the department’s administrative functions have moved to remote work conditions until further notice. ?At this time, the preferred method of contact for departmental staff members is e-mail; please visit our?administrative staff contact page?for further information.

CMN 10Y Introduction to Communication

Communication 10Y, Introduction to Communication, provides an introduction to basic concepts of communication as well as to the various contexts in which communication is studies. By the time students complete CMN 10Y, they have a foundational understanding of how communication works. What's more, they have experience applying communication theories and research to real-world problems and opportunities.
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Laramie D. Taylor, Ph.D.

Jeanette B. Ruiz, Ph.D.






Typically scheduled in fall, winter and spring quarters


One of the great things about CMN 10Y is that it also introduces students to the faculty and courses in the UC Davis Department of Communication. CMN 10Y is a hybrid course, meaning that much of the instructional material is presented through online videos, readings and activities. Each member of the department faculty has produced online videos for CMN 10Y; with these?videos, students can learn from experts in each field within the discipline of communication.

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In CMN 10Y, students are introduced to a wide variety of topics in the field of communication, including:

  • basic models of communication
  • interpersonal communication
  • nonverbal communication
  • computer-mediated communication
  • communication networks
  • mass communication
  • communication and cognition
  • principles of persuasion
  • health communication
  • video games
  • entertainment
  • political communication
  • gender and communication
  • the information society