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

The Department of Communication Recognition Ceremony for Communication and Journalism students will be held 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. More details to come. A photo gallery from the 2016 ceremony in SEFCU Arena is available on our Facebook page.

New advisor

Department of Communication welcomes Undergraduate Studies Advisor Kate Sechler. Ms. Sechler will be advising all COM and JRL majors and minors. Her office is located inside the Communication Department suite in Social Science 351. Undergraduate students can reach Ms. Sechler at or call 518-442-4875 for an appointment. 

Faculty award

Dr. Archana Krishnan of the Department of Communication and Dr. Frederick Altice of Yale University have been awarded a two-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) R21 grant (R21DA039842) to study the impact of mHealth tools on medication adherence behaviors among HIV-infected cocaine users. Project SMART will implement cellular-enabled electronic pill boxes and smartphones to track real-time medication intake and use automated versus clinician feedback to improve adherence and consequently HIV health outcomes.

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