Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Program  

In the Department of Communication's undergraduate courses, students learn how communication works and why it matters.

The department's courses provide both a theoretical foundation for understanding the processes of communication and applications of the theories to actualsituations. Our undergraduate program is renowned for its full-time and part-time internship opportunities. Use the links on the left to learn more about the Department of Communication's undergraduate program.

Please see the major checklist for requirements to complete a major in Communication.

A minor in Communication requires students to take a minimum18 credits starting with Com 100. All students must take Com 265 before taking 9 credits at or above the 300 level, which are controlled by permission number during the advisement period prior to advance registration. All students are notified by e-mail to sign up for advisement which is handled through the department office.

Current Undergraduates

Current undergraduates should check this page regularly for announcements (below) about pre-early registration, internships, competitions, and other departmental business.

If you have a question about any aspect of the program, use the Where To Go To Get Things Done page to find out who you need to talk to or where information can be found.


Mandatory meeting for new majors

Each Fall and Spring semesters, the Department holds a mandatory meeting for all new majors.You must have received confirmation by e-mail you have been admitted to the major before you can attend this meeting. At this meeting you will learn how to register for communication courses (be sure to sign up for your advising appointment), learn about the internship program for majors, and learn about special programs and other useful information. It is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about the major.

Summer and Fall 2014 registration for Com majors and minors

Advance registration planning appointments will be March 10-14 for Summer and Fall 2014 classes. Majors and minors will receive details via UAlbany e-mail. If your major is complete and you simply need your AVN, e-mail the department with your request. A reminder, summer classes are first-come, first-served with no permission number necessary for upper-level classes.

Do you need help?

Communications majors and minors may make an appointment to speak with a member of the department for answers to questions regarding their program of study, graduation requirements, degree audits, registration, etc. A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board next to Social Science 350. The appointments begin the second week of each semester and last 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 2:30 p.m. You must sign up in person at least one hour ahead of time. No appointments are scheduled by email or over the phone. You must bring a printed copy of your DARS audit to the appointment. Due to the influx of Communication majors and minors, we are no longer able to provide on-the-spot advising. 


Spring 2014 Commencement weekend is May 17-18. Undergraduate applications are due by Feb. 14; graduate applications are due by March 21. The Communication commencement is at 8 p.m. in SEFCU Arena. There are no tickets required. The two-hour 8 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, May 17, will individually recognize our Winter, Spring and Summer 2014 Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral candidates. Cap and gowns are expected and can be ordered at the Campus Center Bookstore. Details on the campus-wide undergraduate ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 18,can be found here.

Academic calendar

Check the main UAlbany academic and planning calendars for current and upcoming semesters. The calendars detail everything from registration dates to holidays.