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Undergraduate: Mass Communication

  • Program Overview

    Communication (COM)

    The Bachelor of Arts in Communication at Stony Brook University prepares students to analyze and synthesize the history, content, use, and effects of different forms of communication, and to apply this understanding to diverse situations. Rooted in social science research, students learn to understand, assess, and think critically about communication, including the examination of how communication shapes, reinforces, and intervenes in systemic inequalities, discrimination, and injustice. Students gain skills and real-world experience in designing communication with understanding and sensitivity toward issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Because interpersonal, intercultural, and team communication are integral to professional success, students develop core strengths in these areas.

    Offered through the School of Communication and Journalism, this degree program offers students a blend of research and practice. Students become engaged leaders, collaborators, and problem solvers who are proficient in the study of complex communication challenges and capable of designing effective communication across contexts and industries. Graduates are prepared to pursue advanced degree programs or to embark on dynamic competitive careers in an evolving global workforce that depends on outstanding communication.

  • Degrees and Requirements

    Requirements for the Major and Minor in Communication (COM)

    Requirements for the Major

    Required Courses (24 credits)

    • COM 100 Introduction to Communication
    • COM 120 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
    • COM 202 Intercultural Communication
    • COM 206 Interpersonal Communication
    • COM 314 Communication Research
    • COM 315 Communication Theory
    • COM 351 Team Collaboration
    • COM 495 Communication Senior Project

    Choose four of the following electives (12 credits)

    • COM 357 Health Communication
    • COM 358 Nonverbal Communication
    • COM 346 Race, Class, and Gender in Media
    • COM 365 Talking Science
    • COM 386 Special Topics: Issues in Communication
    • COM 400 Advanced Communication Research
    • COM 401 Organizational Communication
    • COM 402 Crisis Communication
    • COM 403 Strategic Communication
    • COM 404 Communication for Social Change and Public Advocacy
    • COM 405 Political Communication
    • COM 406 Risk Communication
    • COM 407 Social Media Analytics
    • COM 415 Data Analysis and Storytelling
    • COM 436 Environmental Communication
    • COM 487 Independent Study
    • COM 496 Internship

    Requirements for the Minor

    Required Courses (6 credits)

    • COM 100: Introduction to Communication
    • COM 120: Fundamentals of Public Speaking

    Choose one of the following courses (3 credits)

    • COM 202: Intercultural Communication
    • COM 206: Interpersonal Communication

    Choose three of the following electives at or above the 300 level (9 credits)

    • COM 314: Communication Research
    • COM 315: Communication Theory
    • COM 351: Team Collaboration
    • COM 357: Health Communication
    • COM 358: Nonverbal Communication
    • COM 346: Race, Class, and Gender in Media
    • COM 365: Talking Science
    • COM 386: Special Topics: Issues in Communication
    • COM 400: Advanced Communication Research
    • COM 401: Organizational Communication
    • COM 402: Crisis Communication
    • COM 403: Strategic Communication
    • COM 404: Communication for Social Change and Public Advocacy
    • COM 405: Political Communication
    • COM 406: Risk Communication
    • COM 407: Social Media Analytics
    • COM 415: Data Analysis and Storytelling
    • COM 436: Environmental Communication
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  • Contact

    Communication (COM)

    Major and Minor in 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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