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 actual situations. 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 minimum of 18 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 advisement, registration, internships, competitions, and other departmental business. Announcement are also made regularly via UAlbany e-mail.

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.

Spring 2016 registration for Com majors and minors

Majors and minors were notified via UAlbany e-mail to sign up for advisement. If your major is complete and you simply need your AVN, e-mail the department with your request. A reminder, summer and winter 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. 


For Spring 2016, we anticipate our ceremony will be held at SEFCU Arena on Saturday, May 14. Graduating students will be notified via UAlbany e-mail. We do not know the time until early Spring semester but it is traditionally in the afternoon. We individually recognize our Winter, Spring and Summer 2016 Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral candidates. No tickets are required. Cap and gowns are expected and can be ordered at the Campus Center Bookstore. We expect the campus-wide undergraduate ceremony will be on Sunday, May 15, 2016.

Academic calendar

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