Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

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 com-advisor@buffalo.edu

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 TAURUS. 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.

SUNY Seamless Transfer Path

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY Website.

Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Communication - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Completion of a minimum of 45 UB Communication 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 STA 111, STA 119, PSY 207, SSC 225, CEP 207, PSC 408, or MGQ 301 (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

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major 65
Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed 39
Additional Credits Required for Electives 16
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:

  • Develop an understanding of major domains and theories that define the field of communication, including the ability to define and apply theories relevant to their concentrations
  • Develop an understanding of communication research methods, including:
    • The ability to describe fundamental procedures relative to various approaches to research
    • An understanding of critiques of each approach
    • The ability to make a research argument including problem statement, hypotheses, evidence for testing hypotheses, and support of hypotheses based on evidence and
  • Develop an understanding of technologies associated with communication, including:
    • Knowledge of historical development in terms of society and culture
    • Knowledge of use and implications of technologies for research and professional use
    • Awareness of the theoretical and practical implications of new technologies for the students' concentration

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.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Communication BA which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

Last updated: February 22 2022 21:08:39