Applying to the major

Admission to the program in Communication is restricted. All students wishing to declare the major (36 credits) must complete an application and be formally admitted by the department. Applications can be made each semester. The deadline to apply is the first day of class in the Fall and Spring semesters. No late applications will be accepted. Notification of admission or denial generally will be made by email within three business days.

Any matriculated student can apply for admission to the Communication Major if the student has completed COM 100 and an approved statistics (MAT 108; CRJ 281; PSY 210; SOC 221; ITM 220) or logic (PHI 210) course with grades of C- or better or S. COM 100 must be completed on the University of Albany campus, unless its eqivalent was completed prior to matriculation at Albany.

To be directly admitted to the major, a student must apply to the major and complete COM 100 and an approved statistics (MAT 108; CRJ 281; PSY210; SOC 221; ITM 220) or logic (PHI 210) course with an average grade of 'B'.  Note: a grade of 'S' counts as a 'C'. (See this helpful chart.)

All undergraduate students in this major must select a minor.

Learn more on application eligibility, composite GPA and find an application form.


Organizational Communication & Public Relations

Organizational Communication is the study of how communication shapes and is shaped by organizing processes across a range of contexts. Organizational communication focuses on how communication is used to accomplish collective action within organizational boundaries, among internal stakeholders (employees). Organizational communication also focuses on how organizations communicate across organizational boundaries, with external stakeholders, to build organizational identity and manage relations with their various publics.

Political Communication

Courses in political communication focus on several aspects of the political environment, including the role of citizens and the nature of citizenship in democracies, the history and function of political campaigns, the creation and function of public opinion, the role of the news and entertainment media in the political environment, the nature and function of political advertising, and the part that communication technology (print, broadcasting, and new media) play in channeling political discourse.

Interpersonal/Intercultural Communication

This area gives special attention to the interactional and cultural foundations of what people in face-toface encounters say and do, and how they say and do it, that influence what happens in professional, social, relational, and family contexts.

Mass Communication & New Technologies

These courses consider questions such as: What are the effects of mass media, such as television, film, radio, and newspapers, on culture, politics, and social life? How are new communication technologies, such as the the Web, videoconferencing, and mobile phones, revolutionizing so many of the ways we live?

Health Communication

We focus on three levels of Health Communication: the interpersonal level (e.g., the study of doctor-- patient communication); the organizational level (e.g., how health care organizations shape messages that guide individuals' selection of health care providers); and mass media health campaigns (e.g. ad campaigns to convince children not to use tobacco). At all three levels of analysis, we are interested in ways that health communication shapes, and is shaped by, people's health, and institutional aspects of health care.