Department of Communication




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Interested in majoring in Communication?

We are now accepting applications for admission to the Communication major. To be considered, a student must take Com 100 and an approved logic/statistics class. Admission to the major requires a minimum of a C- in the two required entry courses. All student with an average of B or better are guaranteed acceptance in the semester they apply. Students may drop off the application at the COM office in Social Science 351 or via email. Details here.





give report

Professor Matthew Matsaganis recently presented the official report on New York City’s Ethnic Media in the Digital Age, a study funded through a grant from the Center for Community and Ethnic Media and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. Three COM graduate students, two PhD students (Xin Zhou and Cici Cui-Laughton) and one MA student (Zhong Zheng), assisted in the research project. To download the report and view the slides, select this link.

Commencement '17

Scott Felenstein '90, Chief Revenue Officer at National Cinemedia, is the featured speaker at the 2017 Department of Communication Recognition Ceremony for Communication and Journalism students at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, in the PE Gym. We do not anticipate tickets will be necessary for guests though you are limited to 10 guests. Students should register on the official Commencement page.  A photo gallery from the 2016 ceremony is available on our Facebook page.

Faculty research

Professor Archana Krishnan has published a study which finds mobile technology can help vulnerable populations with HIV. Known as mobile health interventions (mHealth), such tools include dosing reminders, data about medication intake and questions about care communicated electronically, all of which result in better feedback and improved communication between patients and their care providers.


Department of Communication students who need advisement should make an appointment online with Undergraduate Studies Advisor Kate Sechler. Ms. Sechler advises all COM and JRL majors and minors. Her office is located inside the Communication Department suite in Social Science 351. She can also be reached at or 518-442-4875.

More Department News & Announcements


Professor Annis Golden, ChairWith proximity to New York State’s capital and state government, in the midst of New York State’s burgeoning Tech Valley, and with access to the intellectual resources that only a large public research institution can provide, the Department of Communication at the University at Albany is an exciting place to study for both undergraduate and graduate students.

If you’ve already chosen to study with us, we hope these pages provide you with useful information about our programs and help in making choices about your education.

If you’re considering the possibility of studying with us, please contact us to discuss your goals and what our Department can offer.

Annis Golden, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Department Chair