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Division Technology Requirements

2020 - 2021 Communication Division Student Computer Recommendations


Advertising, Communication Studies, Integrated Marketing Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, Screen Arts, and Sport Administration majors are recommended to own a laptop that meets at least the minimum specifications listed below. All students will be responsible for finding alternate software or options to complete assignments. If you need assitance with selecting a laptop, please contact the Computer Store at 310.506.4811.

System Category Recommended Specifications Minimum Specifications
Manufacturer/Model Dell Latitude or Select HP and Lenovo models for PC or Apple Macbook Pro Any laptop that meets the minimum requirements
Operating System Windows 10 Professional/OS X 10.15 Windows 10 Home/OS X 10.15
Processor IntelĀ® Quad Core i7 IntelĀ® Quad Core i5
Display 14.1" WXGA+ or larger 13" XGA
Video Memory 1024 MB graphics or higher 512 MB graphics
RAM 16 GB 16 GB or higher
Hard Drive 500GB 7200RPM 250GB 5400RPM or larger
Webcam 720P Video Cam 720P Video Cam
Networking 10/100/1000 Ethernet 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless 10/100/1000 Ethernet 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless
Ports HDMI OUT
2 USB 3.0 or more
1 VGA (15 hole)/HDMI OUT
2 USB 2.0 or more
Battery Life 4-hour or longer 4-hour or longer
Warranty (see note 1) 4-year parts/on-site labor 4-year parts/on-site labor

Notes: (1)-The warranty category is most applicable if a system is purchased new. If you already own a computer, you should explore the option of an extended warranty to cover the duration of your academic career. Contact the system manufacturer or the store where you purchased the system for extended warranty options.