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Communication Major

Welcome to the Communication major at the University at Albany!  As a major in Communication, you have the opportunity to take challenging coursework in the following areas:
•  Organizational Communication & Public Relations
•  Political Communication
•  Interpersonal/Intercultural Communication
•  Mass Communication & New Technologies
•  Health Communication

Special opportunities in our department include full or part-time internships, study abroad, the communication campaign practicum, BA/MA or honors program, Albany student television, and Lambda Pi Eta, the official communication studies honor society.  Our graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers in the areas of public relations, business, advertising, government, journalism, law, social and human services, technology, health, and broadcasting.  Many have also pursued graduate degrees in a range of academic fields.

The MAP (Major Academic Pathway) shows how the Communication major might be completed in four years.  

As a transfer student it is important for you to use your Degree Audit Report (DARS) to determine what you’ve already completed and what is left for you to finish at Albany.  As you do this, please consider the following information that we have found to be important to transfer students:
*The Bachelor of Arts in Communication is a 36 credit major that requires a separate minor*  
You can print out this Communication Major Checklist to help you plan.  The requirements are listed below:

Admission Coursework (6 credits)  
The following courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better in order to become a Communication major:
•     ACOM 100
•     Statistics or Logic
(AMAT 108, BITM 220, ASOC 221, RCRJ 281, APSY 210, or APHI 210)

Core Courses (9 credits)
The following courses are considered core courses for the major, and MUST be taken to complete the COM major:
•     COM 265X
•     Computer Course
(BITM 215, ICSI 101, ICSI 201, IINF 100X, or IINF 301X)
•     COM 203Y or COM 212Y

Upper-Level Electives (12 credits)
(Any COM course above 300, except COM 390 and COM 392)

Other Electives for Non-Business Minors (9 credits)
(Students may take either two COM electives and one outside support course OR one COM elective and two outside support courses)

Other Electives for Business Minors (12 credits)
(Students must take two COM electives and two outside support courses)

Minor Requirement (18 credits)
Communication majors must complete a minor.  
For a list of minors and the courses required to complete them, click here

Many Communication majors include a part-time or a full-time internship in their academic plans.  With careful planning transfer students can also take advantage of the full range of options, including Albany or New York City area internships.  You must have junior or senior status to participate in an internship and have a GPA of at least 2.5.  The Communication Department has an internship coordinator, Dr. William Husson, who helps students prepare and participate in internships.  Students can make an appointment to talk with him during his weekly office hours, or contact him by email at to set up an appointment. 

Planning Tools
During your first semester, we advise you to take no more than 2-3 Communication courses.  To round out your schedule, please plan to take courses in your minor, general education and/or electives.  If you have already taken all of the core courses, you can begin to focus on upper level course work in the areas that interest you the most.
For detailed information about the major and additional planning materials, please visit our departmental web page.

Registration Process 
An Advisor in our department is available by appointment for additional consultation if necessary, and can be reached by calling 518-442-4875 or The department is located in Social Science 351. The office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30-12:00 and 1:00-4:30.

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