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 need to submit the application before they leave campus for summer break. Details here.





publish paper

Assistant Professor Nicolas Bencherki and MA student James P. Snack recently published a paper in Management Communication Quarterly where they criticize the way organizational communication researchers tend to emphasize the interpretations “members” make of their organization.

Commencement '16

The Department of Communication Recognition Ceremony was held on Saturday, May 14, at 12:30 p.m. at SEFCU Arena. for Spring 2016, Fall 2015 and Summer 2016 COM students who met the graduation requirements. Our featured speaker was COM alum Chris Brennan '88, senior vice president of retail development for the NBA. A photo gallery from the ceremony is available on our Facebook page. The next commencement ceremony is currently scheduled for May 20, 2017.

Welcome new faculty

Two new full-time faculty have joined the department this fall. Piotr Szpunar, PhD University of Pennsylvania, 2014, is teaching a new course "Communicating Terror: Political Violence & Media." Masahiro Yamamoto, PhD Washington State University, 2012, is teaching a new course "Digital and Social Media in Strategic Communication." Welcome!

Faculty receive awards

Assistant Professor Alyssa Morey was selected for the Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Leave Program award for the Fall 2016 semester.

Assistant Professor Archana Krishnan was named an mHealth Scholar for the 2016 UCLA mHealth Training Institute (mHTI) to be held at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from August 8-12, 2016.

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