Communication Major

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The major explores communication in a variety of contexts ranging from interpersonal communication to mass persuasion and the social influence of media. Students investigate a variety of communication activities with learning experiences in theory, application of theory, and performance. The major’s two available specialties permit students to develop a program of study in those aspects of communication studies that suit their academic interests and career goals.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare a major in communication.

Program Requirements

Students studying the major in communication pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree and must complete the corresponding degree's requirements.

Students must complete 36 credits in the program, with at least 21 credits in courses numbered 300–499. The student majoring in communication, in addition to completing the 9- credit communication studies core, must select one of the two 27-credit specialties offered in the major. At least 15 of the 36 credits in communication studies must be taken at Brockport. In addition, students must complete a course of study in a disciplinary area outside the Department of Communication. Typically, students complete a minor (normally 18-21 credits) or a second major (normally 30-36 credits).

In lieu of a minor or second major in another discipline, students may elect, with department approval, a contractual program consisting of a minimum of 18 credits of courses in an area not identified as a formal minor or major at Brockport. Study of a foreign language other than Spanish or French (in which minors are offered), bilingual-multicultural studies or foreign cultural studies are encouraged for such a program.

Students must complete CMC 201 Public Speaking with a grade of "C" or higher.

Majors are required to complete one of two 27-credit specialties, a 9-credit common core, and either a minor or a second major in a discipline other than communication or journalism and broadcasting.

Communication Studies Core (9 credits)

  • CMC201 Public Speaking

Communication Tracks (27 credits)

Students complete one of the following tracks.

Public and Mediated Communication Track

  • CMC411 Rhetorical Criticism
  • CMC492 Theories of Rhetoric

Interpersonal and Organizational Communication Track:

  • CMC273 Interpersonal Communication
  • CMC377 Organizational Communication
  • CMC473 Theories of Communication

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze communication theories, principles, and/or practices in order to improve critical thinking and communication skills.
  2. Apply communication theories, principles, and/or practices to a variety of mediums and audiences.
  3. Deliver effective oral and/or mediated messages employing the standards of the appropriate field or medium of communication.
  4. Deliver written messages employing the standards of the appropriate field or medium of communication.
  5. Critically evaluate messages employing the standards of the appropriate field or medium of communication.
  6. Employ skills and principles needed to perform effectively in their professional, personal, and/or civic lives.
  7. Communicate in ways that value people and groups from diverse backgrounds.