Communication : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA
Graduate: MA, PhD


All prospective majors and accepted majors are expected to seek ongoing advisement regarding their communication curriculum. Prospective majors are encouraged to contact the College of Arts and Sciences academic advising center as soon as possible for initial communication advisement and explanation of the curriculum and degree requirements. Accepted majors are encouraged to seek academic advisement in the Department of Communication once each semester concerning their progress in the program. It is strongly recommended that students also work on joint or double majors and/or minors.

Transfer Policy

Students wishing to transfer to UB must be accepted by the university prior to acceptance by the Communication department. Criteria for acceptance into the department are the same for transfer students as they are for students entering the university as freshmen. Evaluation of courses taken at another school for the department major is done by the department. Transfer students are required to seek Communication advisement and can do so by emailing

The department has agreed to accept certain courses from various colleges, especially community colleges within the state. Listings of these courses are available from undergraduate studies academic advisors or through Transfer students may also check with the department concerning the acceptability of individual courses, and should provide the academic advisor with a transcript, course description and syllabus of any courses they wish to apply to the communication curriculum. The department accepts no more than four appropriate communication courses toward the major requirements, specifically the core required classes and the communication electives. The department accepts all appropriate transfer courses outside the area of communication that are required for the major.

Communication - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours.
Completion of the prerequisite courses (COM 101 and at least 2 of these 4 courses: COM 217, COM 225, COM 240, COM 337) with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
Completion of an approved statistics course (with a minimum grade of C) and CSE 111 or CSE 113 (see communication advisor).

Advising Note

Minimum GPA of 2.5 in communication courses at UB is required for graduation.
Minors and/or joint majors are encouraged (see Communication advisor).

Prerequisite Courses

COM 101 Principles of Communication
COM 217 Communication in Organizations
COM 225 Interpersonal Communication
COM 240 Survey of Mass Communication
COM 337 Communication Theory

One statistics course (with a grade of C or better)
CSE 111 or CSE 113

Required Courses

COM 217 Communication in Organizations
COM 225 Interpersonal Communication
COM 240 Survey of Mass Communication
COM 337 Communication Theory
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
One advanced writing course (COM 300 Written Communication, COM 375/ENG 202 Technical Writing, COM 398/ENG 398 or ENG 399 Journalism, COM 449 Promotional Writing)
One 100 or 200 level LIN course or COM 125 Introduction to the Internet
One of the following: PSY 323 Community Psychology, PSY 331 Social Psychology, PSY 333 Psychology of Work in Organizations, PSY 341 Cognitive Psychology, PSY 342 Intro to Cognitive Science, SOC 371 Individual and Society
One research methods course from the following: COM 205, PSC 200, PSY 250, SOC 293, SSC 213
Eight COM electives

Total required credit hours for the major...63-65

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

Fall COM 101, SOC 101
Spring COM 240, CSE 111 or CSE 113, PSY 101

Fall COM 217, an approved statistics course, an advanced writing course (i.e. COM 300)
Spring COM 225, one research methods course

Fall Two COM electives, COM 337
Spring Two COM electives; one of the following: PSY 323, PSY 331, PSY 333, PSY 341, PSY 342, SOC 371

Fall One linguistics course or COM 125, two COM electives
Spring Two COM electives

Electives and Course Groupings

Only two informal courses (e.g., COM 496 Internship and COM 499 Independent Study) of 3 credit hours or more may be counted toward the eight communication elective courses.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:43 EST