Communication Studies (B.A.)

Admissions Requirements

Incoming freshman and transfer students can declare the major. A 2.6 in the major is needed to register for certain required upper-division courses (300- and 400-level).

See communication.buffalostate.edu for application forms and additional information, including a list of equivalent core courses at community colleges. Transfer students from two-year schools may apply only core courses toward this major for a maximum of 12 credits. Students generally require four semesters of study after completing communication core courses.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements
33-39 credit hours33-39
Communication Major Requirements (42 credit hours)
Communication Core (12 credit hours)
COM 100MEDIA LITERACY3
or SPC 103 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION
COM 210INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA WRITING3
COM 215INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL COMMUNICATION3
SPC 205INTRODUCTION TO ORAL COMMUNICATION3
Note: Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.6 in the major to register for certain upper-division courses (300-and 400-level)
Upper-Level Oral Communication Course (3 credit hours)
Select one from the following:3
PUBLIC SPEAKING
GROUP COMMUNICATON
MEDIA PERFORMANCE
Upper-Level Written Communication Course (3 credit hours)
Select one from the following:3
WRITING FOR PRINT AND ONLINE JOURNALISM
WRITING FOR BROADCAST (TV, RADIO, FILM)
PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING
FEATURE WRITING
ELECTRONIC NEWS PRODUCING
SPECIAL TOPICS: JOURNALISTIC WRITING
Upper-Level Visual Communication Course (3 credit hours)
Select one from the following:3
BASIC MEDIA PRODUCTION
COMMUNICATION GRAPHICS
WEB AND SOCIAL MEDIA PRODUCTION
Communication Theory and Criticism (6 credit hours)
Select two from the following:6
INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION
LITERARY JOURNALISM
COMMUNICATION LAW
APPLIED COMMUNICATION RESEARCH
MASS COMMUNICATION HISTORY
PERSUASION AND PROPAGANDA
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
RHETORICAL CRITICISM
FILM ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION
RACE, CLASS AND GENDER IN THE MEDIA
ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
MEDIA CRITICISM
SPECIAL TOPICS IN MEDIA CRITICISM
DOCUMENTARY FILM ANALYSIS
Senior Seminar (3 credit hours)
COM 450COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY3
Communication Electives (12 credit hours)
Select 12 credit hours:12
SPECIAL PROJECT (1-3)
INDEPENDENT STUDY
Or 300/400-level COM or SPC electives by advisement
All College Electives
39-45 credit hours39-45
Total Credit Hours120