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Undergraduate

Communication Studies

Thrive in a rapidly changing media world

As a major in the Communication Studies program at Alfred University, you'll develop an awareness of the communication principles applicable to so many careers in the broad and dynamic media arena. The program places emphasis on individual attention, curricular flexibility, and intellectual challenges, as well as providing a solid grounding in the economic structures that shape contemporary media industries.

School

Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY

Major

Communication Studies (BA)

Minor

Communication Studies

Program Contact

Pamela Schultz

fschultz@alfred.edu

607-871-2340

Hands-On Experience

AUTV

Perfect your on-camera skills by working at AUTV, our on-campus television station

WALF

Go on-air by volunteering at WALF, Alfred University's FM radio station

Fiat Lux

Exercise your journalism skills. Join AU's newspaper staff and write for Fiat Lux.

Major:

  • COMM 101 Introduction to Communication Studies
  • COMM 110 Mass Media and American Life
  • COMM 205 Introductory Newswriting and Reporting
  • COMM 301 Broadcasters, Advertisers, and Audiences
  • COMM 309 Persuasion: Reception and Responsibility
  • COMM 410 Communication Ethics

Additional Courses:

Take 20 credit hours of elective courses in Communication, Social Sciences (such as
Psychology or Political Science), Business (such as Management or Marketing), and
Humanities (such as English), chosen in consultation with an advisor. At least 12 of
these elective hours must be at the 300-400 level.

Minor:

  • COMM 101 Introduction to Communication Studies
  • COMM 110 Mass Media and American Life
  • COMM 205 Introductory Newswriting and Reporting
  • COMM 301 Broadcasters, Advertisers, and Audiences
  • COMM 309 Persuasion: Reception and Responsibility
  • COMM 410 Communication Ethics

In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the major in Communication Studies, as well as the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences general education requirements, you'll be required to complete the College's First Year Experience Program or Transfer Student Program.

As a supplement to your classroom work, students are encouraged to work with the University’s FM stereo radio station, WALF, the student newspaper, Fiat Lux, or the campus television station, AUTV, as well as complete an internship.

The communications industry includes jobs in journalism, public relations, advertising, mass media,
publishing, and marketing. The Communication Studies major provides broad exposure to any of these
industries, and is also a great basis for many related careers in business or industry and related disciplines such as law.

Examples of recent graduates include:

  • Admissions Counselor- Alfred University
  • Director of Social Media Communications – Wholly Organized! LLC.
  • Directory Specialist – Reed Exhibitions
  • Product Distribution Lead- Unlimited Management Group
  • Financial Advisor – Morgan Stanley
  • Field Organizer – Democrat Campaign Management
  • Director of Sales/Marketing – KC Whispers Associates
  • Employment Specialist/Job Developer – Rochester School of the Deaf
  • Financial Aid Counselor – Keuka College
  • Reporter – The Evening Tribune
  • Marketing Consultant – Carnegie Communications

Faculty / Staff

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Pamela Schultz

Professor Comm Studies