Communication Studies

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Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies is focused on human communication in spoken, written, and audio-visual forms, and the exploration of why people communicate as they do in various contexts. This field of study encompasses interpersonal, group, and organizational communication; multicultural communication; journalism; broadcasting; media studies; persuasion; advocacy and debate; and effective speaking.
The program includes course work in each of these areas along with opportunities for application of skills in journalism, multi-platform media production, and related internships. Our objective is to provide a flexible degree option for students who seek a range of graduate study and career opportunities.

Our goal is for all graduates in the Communication Studies program to:
  • Speak and listen well in a variety of contexts.
  • Produce excellent written work in a variety of formats.
  • Understand and apply empathy in communication.
  • Understand the role of advocacy in our society and advocate effectively before both large and small groups.
  • Complete a core of liberal studies course work to be well rounded and informed about the world.
  • Be media literate and competent to produce and interpret a variety of mass-media forms.
  • Be critical, thoughtful, and ethically engaged producers and consumers of communication and media content.
  • Possess a flexible and marketable skill set.
  • Have an excellent foundation for graduate study, particularly in the areas of communication, media,
    public policy, and law.


Course (Credits)
See Degree Requirements: General Education requirements (33)
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Information Literacy:
     HU/SB 375 Methods of Inquiry (3)
Senior Capstone: HU 499 Capstone Seminar in the Humanities (3)
Total General Education Credits - 39


Art & Sciences Courses 
   Course (Credits)
   CM 110 Introduction to Human Communication (3)
   HU 165 Critical Thinking: Language and Logic (3)
   CM 210 Interpersonal Communication (3)
   CM 220/230/240 Group Communication OR Nonverbal Communication OR
   Multicultural Communication(3)
   CM 231 Introduction to Journalism (3)
   CM 302 Communication Concepts and Theory (3)
   EN 312 Advanced Expository Writing (3)
   CM 313 Debate (3)
   CM 320 Communication in the Mass Media (3)
   CM 3__/4__ electives (9)3
   CM 440 Advanced Topics in Communication (3)
   HU 465 Ethical Issues in Organizations (3)
Total Arts & Sciences Program Credits - 42

Career Courses
   Course (Credits)
   CM 211 Introduction to Broadcasting (3)
   CM 331/341 Feature Writing and Editing/
   Intermediate Broadcast Production (3)
   CM 441 Media Management (3)
Total Career Program Credits - 9


Arts and Sciences Electives 
   Course (Credits)
   100-400 level (15)
Total Arts & Sciences Elective Credits - 15

Open Electives 
   Course (Credits)
   100-400 level (15)
Total Open Elective Credits - 15



3 Three of these credits may be taken as a 300/400 level career-studies CM course.

Contact Information:

Maureen M. Louis
Associate Professor and Program Director, Communication Studies
13 Nickerson St.
Phone: (315) 655-7104
E-mail: mlouis

Heather Ferrara
Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
13 Nickerson Street
Phone: (315) 655-7347
E-mail: hmferrara

Andrew O'Baoill
Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
13 Nickerson St.
Phone: (315) 655-7325
E-mail: aobaoill
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