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Learn the art of communication with our Communication Studies Degree.

Communication Studies Major

Emphasizing the Personal Over the Technological

Want a well-rounded background in communication that is applicable to a wide variety of career fields? Then this major is for you. Communication studies focuses on the three pillars of communication:

  • Rhetoric and public address
  • Human dynamics and culture
  • Media studies

If you’re planning to go on to graduate school, or if you’re interested in politics, pre-law, speech writing, sales, media criticism and other communication careers that emphasize the personal over the technological this major is valuable for you.

Students involved with communication studies often join the forensics team where they practice and compete in the art of public speaking.

Learn about the many career opportunities a communications studies major can have!

Bachelor of Arts or Science (B.A. or B.S.) in Communication Studies (120 credits)

Program Requirements

8 Semester Graduation Plan — 120 Credits

Please note: This plan is provided as a guideline. Students will still need to work with advisors to fine-tune their schedule choices to accomplish their personal goals in the program. It is the students who are ultimately responsible for registering, tracking, and managing their own progress toward their degree requirements with the assistance of their Degree Works profile.

Important Reminders — graduation requirements:

1. General Education course requirements should be completed by the beginning of your junior year.

2. A minimum of 120 overall credits with at least 45 upper-level credits are required to graduate.

Upper-level courses are numbered in the 300–400 series (300 thru 499).

3.To acquire this degree four courses require a grade of “C” or better — CMM101, CMM118, CMM226, and CMM 416.

(CMM416 is the AWR—advanced writing requirement for this major.)

Year 1 — Freshman

Fall Semester   Spring Semester
Course or Course Category Credits   Course or Course Category Credits
CMM 101 Introduction to Public Speaking 3   CMM 118 Media and Society 3
Open Elective Elective Course 3   Open Elective Elective Course 3
Open Elective Elective Course 3   Gen Ed Course Information & Technology Literacy 1
ENG 101 College Writing II 3   Gen Ed Course Natural Science (3–4 cr.) 4
Gen Ed Course World System or Foreign Language 3   Gen Ed Course Mathematics 3
Total   15   Total   14

Year 2 — Sophomore

Fall Semester   Spring Semester
Course or Course Category Credits   Course or Course Category Credits
CMM 226 Intro to Human Communication 3   CMM 301 Communication & Culture 3
Open Elective Elective Course 3   Open Elective Elective Course 3
Open Elective Elective Course 3   Open Elective Elective Course 3
Gen Ed Course Humanities or The Arts 3   Gen Ed Course Gen Ed Elective (Skills/Knowledge) 3
Gen Ed Course US or Western Civilization 3   Gen Ed Course Gen Ed Elective (Skills/Knowledge) 3
Total   15   Total   15

Year 3 — Junior

Fall Semester   Spring Semester
Course or Course Category Credits   Course or Course Category Credits
CMM 304 Business & Professional Comm. 3   CMM 407 Concepts of Persuasion 3
CMM 312 Fundamentals of Multimedia Production 3   CMM 416 Rhetorical Analysis (AWR) 3
CMM Course Communication Context Block 3   CMM Course Culture & Communication Block 3
300/400 Upper Level Elective 3   CMM Course Application & Development Block 3
Gen Ed Course Global Issues (3–4 cr.) 3   Open Elective Elective (or see Focus Elective List) 3
Total   15   Total   15

Year 4 — Senior

Fall Semester   Spring Semester
Course or Course Category Credits   Course or Course Category Credits
CMM Course Theoretical Foundation Block 3   CMM 491 Senior Seminar 1
CMM Course Communication Context Block 3   CMM Course Culture & Communication Block 3
CMM Course Application & Development Block 3   CMM Course Application & Development Block 3
Open Elective Elective (or see Production Focus List) 3   Open Elective Elective (or see Production Focus List) 3
Open Elective Elective (or see Production Focus List) 3   Open Elective Elective (or see Production Focus List) 3
Total   15   Open Elective Elective (or see Production Focus List) 3
        Total   16

*Applies to curriculum posted in SUNY Plattsburgh program catalog as of 2016–2017 academic year. 120 credits

Production Focus List (suggested elective options)

Course** How It Fits in With This Major Prerequisite Credits
CMM 202 Communication Practicum Work on special projects in communication POI, & application 1–3
CMM 496 Course Assistantship Work as a course assistant in communication POI, & application 2–3
CMM 498 Internships Full or part-time internships GPA & application process 3/6/12

Other Recommendations to Boost Your Potential

Double Major Options Minor Needed
Double major with digital media production Add a business minor
Double major with marketing Add an English minor

**Besides Pre-req’s, courses may require minimum GPA and/or application process

(Note: POI = Permission of Instructor)

 

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

For more information about communication studies programs at SUNY Plattsburgh, or to arrange a campus visit, please contact

Timothy Clukey, Chairperson
Office: Yokum Hall 111A
Phone: (518) 564-4290
Email: Timothy.Clukey@plattsburgh.edu

Department of Communication Studies
SUNY Plattsburgh
Yokum Hall 103B
Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2681