Communication Studies Major (BA, BS)


The Communication Studies major explores human communication in a variety of contexts, including interpersonal, professional, public, mediated, and cross-cultural settings, and examines the social influence of language. Students investigate a variety of communication practices with learning experiences in theory, history, criticism, application, and performance.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare a major in communication.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (32-35* credits)

Major Department Requirements (36 credits)

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.

A student majoring in communication must complete the 15-credit required core, the 6-credit core-skills requirement, and 15 credits of electives. 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.

Students in the major must complete CMC 201 Public Speaking with a grade of “C” or higher and must complete CMC 202 Principles of Communication with a grade of “C” or higher.

Required Core (15 credits)

Core Skills (6 credits- choose any two)

Electives (15 credits)

For a total of five courses, complete one course from each of the following categories, Civic Engagement and Interpersonal and Professional Development. Then, complete three additional courses from either Civic Engagement or Interpersonal and Professional Development.

Civic Engagement

Interpersonal and Professional Development

Minor Requirements (18-21 credits)

  • Communication majors must complete a minor (or second major)

Electives (28-34 credits)

Total Credits (120 credits)

Additional Degree Requirements

  • Communication majors must earn a grade of C or better in CMC 201
  • Communication majors must earn a grade of C of better in CMC 202
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in all required major courses (Major Departmental Requirements).

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Communication Major, students will be able to:

  1. Speak well: Deliver an extemporaneous presentation that meets the needs of a given speaking situation and audience.
  2. Integrate multiple perspectives: Integrate multiple Communication theories/concepts to analyze and recommend multiple solutions for a socially significant communication problem, case, or situation.
  3. Advance quality arguments: Advance a sequence of evidence based arguments to support a given position.
  4. Write well: Write clearly and at a level appropriate to a given audience.
  5. Critically Evaluate: Critically evaluate a communication message using relevant theories/concepts.
  6. Demonstrate influence: Demonstrate influence strategies to address relevant social problems.