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Undergraduate: Mass Communication

  • Program Overview

    Mass Communication (COM)

    Communication affects everything we know, or think we know, about ourselves and our society. The minor in Mass Communication helps students become informed consumers of news and information, and more effective communicators. Students gain an awareness of mass communication as a discipline and expand their understanding of mass media and media systems. The skills and knowledge they gain complement any major program, and demonstrate to prospective employers their skill in a highly desired area.






  • Degrees and Requirements

    Requirements for the Major and Minor in Mass Communication (COM)

    Transfer students

    Transfer courses will be evaluated individually for journalism equivalency by the Undergraduate Director.

    Requirements for the Major

    The major in Mass Communication leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. Students must earn a letter grade of C or higher in all mass communication courses and Satisfactory or S in COM internships, independent studies and workshops for these to count toward the major. Students may enroll in multiple internships up to 12 credits each. The total number of credits from all internships combined may not exceed 12.  In addition, students must complete a 6 credit interdisciplinary concentration above the 100-200 level. Mass Communication majors must satisfy all Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) requirements and accrue a total of 120 credits.

    Completion of the major requires a minimum total of 36 mass communication credits, and a minimum of 72 non-mass communication credits.

    All mass communication students should see a departmental advisor to plan their course programs. The following courses are required of all mass communication majors; an asterisk (*) denotes an online course:

    1. Required Courses (21 credits):

    2. Choose one of the following paired methods and theory sequences


    • COM 316 Mass Comm Research Methods
    • COM 317 Mass Communication Theory

    3. Choose two of the following electives

    • JRN 301: The Changing Business of News
    • JRN 319: The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture
    • COM 346: Race, Class, and Gender in Media
    • JRN 363: Magazine Writing
    • COM 365: Talking Science
    • JRN 366: Press and the Presidency
    • COM 399: Special Topics in Mass Communication
    • JRN 413: Journalism of the Global South
    • JRN 433: Journalistic Book and Serial Narrative Production
    • COM 487: Independent Study
    • COM 494: Mass Communications Internship

    4. Required Capstone Class

    • COM 491: Mass Communication

    5. Upper- Division Writing Requirement

    Successful completion of COM 491 Senior Capstone Project will satisfy the SBC WRTD requirement as well as the Mass Communication major upper-division writing requirement.  

    Students should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with  university graduation requirements for General Education. Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the "Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD) learning objective to graduate.  The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.

    Requirements for the Minor

    The following courses (9 credits) are required of mass communication minors:

    Three electives (9 credits) at or above the 300 level are required. 

    Students may choose from the following (all three-credit courses):

    • COM 436 Environmental Communication
    • JRN 306: Methods of Media Criticism 
    • JRN 307: Critical Media Theory
    • JRN 316: Mass Comm. Research Methods
    • JRN 317: Mass Communication Theory 
    • JRN 301: The Changing News Business
    • JRN 319: The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture
    • JRN 346: Race, Class, and Gender in Media
    • JRN 363: Magazine Writing
    • JRN 365: Talking Science (SPK)
    • JRN 366: Press and the Presidency
    • JRN 399: Special Topics: Issues in Mass Communication
    • JRN 413: Journalisms of the Global South
  • Sequence
  • Contact

    Mass Communication (COM)

    Major and Minor in Mass Communication

    School of Communication and Journalism

    Dean: Dr. Laura Lindenfeld

    Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Studies: Irene Virag

    Office: Melville Library N-4004

    Phone: (631) 632-7403






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