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Communication Studies [COM] (Major)

The communication studies major emphasizes critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. Core courses provide students with a strong foundation in all aspects of human communication. Elective courses within the major allow students to design a program of study that meets their personal learning objectives and career goals.

Career Potential

  • Audio and video production
  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Journalism
  • Government
  • Public relations

The major's 36 credit hour requirement must be taken from the following:
A. Required Core Courses: 24 credit hours
  • COM 100 - Human Communication (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 200 - Communication History (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 203 - Introduction to Media Writing (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 210 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 301 - Mass Media and Society (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 302 - Intercultural Communication (3 cr. hr.) or
  • COM 303 - International Communication (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 304 - Communication Research (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 400 - Communication Law and Ethics (3 cr. hr.)
B. Choose

Twelve additional credit hours of communication studies courses with at least six credit hours at the 300 level or above or one of the following concentrations in communication studies.

Concentrations:

  • Journalism [JOUR]
  • Media Production [MEPD]
  • public Relations and Advertising [PRAD]
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124
Example of the B.A. in Communication Studies over four years

The sample program listed is model for communication studies majors with or without a concentration. It does not reflect the expectations for all of the programs. Students should consult an advisor to obtain up-to-date program requirements and to formulate a degree plan.

First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16-17

Foreign language 101
GE course

  • COM 100 - Human Communication (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 210 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr. hr.)
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.) and
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15-16
  • Foreign language 102
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • COM 200 - Communication History (3 cr. hr.) and
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16
  • Foreign language 201
  • Elective
  • GE course
  • < Participation course
  • COM 203 - Introduction to Media Writing (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 301 - Mass Media and Society (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16
  • Foreign language 202
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • Elective
  • Participation course and
  • COM 300-level elective for COM majors or
  • COM 321 - Intermediate Writing for Public Relations (3 cr. hr.) or
    PRAD majors take COM 321
  • COM 323 - Intermediate News Writing and Reporting (3 cr. hr.)
    MEPD and JOUR majors take COM 323.
Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15

GE course
Elective

  • COM 302 - Intercultural Communication (3 cr. hr.) or
  • COM 303 - International Communication (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 304 - Communication Research (3 cr. hr.)
    and
  • COM 300-level elective for COM majors or
  • COM 421 - Mass Media Advertising (3 cr. hr.) or
    PRAD majors take COM 421.
  • COM 332 - Readings in Journalism (3 cr. hr.)
    MEPD and JOUR majors take COM 332.
Spring Total credit hours: 16
  • GE course
  • LAS elective
  • LAS elective
  • Participation course and
  • COM 300-level elective for COM majors or
  • COM 422 - Public Relations (3 cr. hr.) or
    PRAD majors take COM 422.
  • COM 349 - Multimedia Production (3 cr. hr.) or
    MEPD majors take COM 349.
  • COM 310 - Feature and Opinion Writing (3 cr. hr.)
    JOUR majors take COM 310
    and
  • COM 400 - Communication Law and Ethics (3 cr. hr.)

Fourth Year

Fall Total credit hours: 16
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Participation course and
    COM 300-level elective for COM majors or
  • COM 311 - Interviewing Principles and Practices (3 cr. hr.) or
    PRAD majors take COM 311.
  • COM 430 - Media Criticism (3 cr. hr.) or
    MEPD majors take COM 430.
  • COM 433 - Literary Journalism (3 cr. hr.)
    JOUR majors take COM 433.
Spring Total credit hours: 16

Internship or
Study abroad or
Learning Community involvement or elective