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.

Minor: To earn a minor in Communication, students must 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 COM-MIN students are notified by e-mail to sign up for advisement which is handled through the department office.

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

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 online orientation for new majors

Beginning with Spring 2016, each UAlbany student admitted to the major will be required to complete an online orientation in Blackboard before they will receive their AVN and advisement for the next semester. Once completed, the student will receive an invitation via UAlbany email to sign up to meet with our COM advisor. The online orientation is designed to provide each student with information about such things as major requirements, BA/MA Program, Lambda Pi Eta honor society and how advisement works in the department, etc. It is also an opportunity for new students to ask any questions about the major.

Advisement for Com majors and minors

Each semester, majors and minors are 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. If you missed out on your opportunity to be advised for the next semester and still need your AVN and advisement, please sign up for an appointment through the new EAB system. Walk-in appointments will not be seen. 

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. For an appointment, please sign up online with our advisor. Due to the influx of Communication majors and minors, we are no longer able to provide on-the-spot advising. Feel free to email our advisor at ComAdv@albany.edu or the main office staff at Communication@albany.edu.  A student's faculty mentor is listed at the top of the DARS audit.    


Each spring semester we individually recognize our Winter, Spring and Summer Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral candidates. In 2019, commencement ceremonies will be held May 17-19. The Department of Communication will be part of a joint recognition ceremony with other departments on Saturday, May 18, at 9 a.m. in SEFCU Arena. At our ceremony, cap and gowns are expected and can be ordered at the Campus Center Bookstore. Students who wish to participate must apply to graduate and officially register with the University. The campus-wide undergraduate ceremony is on Sunday morning, May 19. You can see photos from previous Communication commencement ceremonies on our Facebook page.

Tickets will be required to enter the ceremony. More details will be available soon on the Commencement website.

Academic calendar

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