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Communication BA

(HEGIS: 06.01 COMMUNICATIONS- GENERAL, CIP: 09.0101 Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric)

Department of Communication

359 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1060

Melanie Green

Lance Rintamaki
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Azita Safaie
Undergraduate Academic Advisor

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Why study Communication BA at UB?

The Department of Communication seeks to understand and to improve human communication in all its forms. The undergraduate program provides students with comprehensive knowledge of the nature of human communication, the symbol system by which it occurs, its media, and its effects. As a field of concentration, the department contributes to a liberal education and provides basic preparation for either graduate study or careers in communication. Our teaching transforms students from passive to active learners, deepening their understanding of communication while helping them learn fundamental scientific processes — how scholars ask questions and conduct inquiries, gather and analyze data, and articulate results. Finally, the department provides a flexible environment where students are free to work closely with faculty and follow their own interests.

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 reasoning.
    • 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.

The Learning Environment

The Department of Communication offers a dynamic learning environment to students interested in careers in business, industry, government, non-profits, and a variety of other organizations. Although foundational courses may be offered in lecture format, many advanced courses are offered in seminar, discussion, recitation, or tutorial format which requires active learning on the part of students. In communication classes, students are expected to do more than just listen: they must read, write, discuss or be engaged in solving problems. Engaging in higher-order thinking tasks such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation help students prepare for productive and rewarding lives.

Faculty members take a social scientific view of the field of communication and encourage self-motivation and independent thinking. Students are encouraged to work with their advisors and instructors to explore the field and then focus their electives on the area of communication of most interest.

About Our Facilities

The Department of Communication is located on the third floor of Baldy Hall and holds classes in centrally scheduled space, usually on the North Campus. Courses are taught in technologically-equipped classrooms and lecture halls or computer laboratories that can accommodate our program’s teaching philosophies and course learning outcomes. Some courses are taught remotely.

About Our Faculty

UB Communication faculty members are a close-knit and collaborative group of 14 scholars with expertise in the scientific study of communication processes. Faculty are highly productive researchers who have published articles that can be found in leading journals associated with meditated, organizational, interpersonal, or international communication, health communication, game theory, and entertainment education, for example. In addition, many are grant-winning knowledge-makers who have won awards for their work from the Chancellor of SUNY and other sources, and who will take time to help you build your research skills. Others are renowned for their classroom skills, earning state-wide awards from the Chancellor of SUNY as well as student-nominated teaching awards. In addition to these scholars, the Department of Communication has five clinical faculty members, 12 part-time lecturers comprising business professionals teaching skills-based courses, and 13 teaching assistants.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Communication Department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Employment opportunities exist in a broad range of organizational and industrial institutions, government, the non-profit sector, and higher education. Many graduates pursue careers in marketing, public relations and advertising; digital media and technology; sales; social media or social marketing; human resources; mass media including broadcasting and journalism; management or administration; international, government or political relations; and, counseling or social services. Students have also gone on to graduate school or law school, military officer training, and law enforcement.

What percentage of graduates goes on to find related employment? 83% within one year of graduation

Academic Advising

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 in order to enhance both their skills and employment options.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Azita Safaie
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Office: 311 Baldy Hall
Email Azita Safaie
Phone: 716-645-1171
Communication Advisement Website 

All incoming freshmen and transfer students should contact the College of Arts & Sciences Student Advisement & Services, located in 275 Park Hall (716-645-6883).

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students in this program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including:

  • UB Financial Aid, including Scholarships
  • Nationally Competitive Fellowships and Scholarships
  • UB College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships and Awards

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Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:49:45