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Communication BA - Program Requirements

(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

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Communication BA Program

Academic Advice

Minimum GPA of 2.500 in communication courses at UB is required for graduation.
Minors and/or joint majors are encouraged (see communication advisor).

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer students are required to seek Advisement from the Communication Department. Listings of these courses are available through the TAURUS website. Transfer students may 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.

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.

Prerequisite Courses

COM 101 Principles of Communication

Plus two of the following:

  • 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) from the following:

CSE 111 Introduction to Quantitative Analysis and Reasoning with Computing or CSE 115 Introduction to Computer Science I

Required Courses

Take the remaining two courses which were not used for the prerequisites:


One advanced writing course

One research methods course:

One of the following:

One 100 or 200 level LIN course, excluding LIN 198 and LIN 199 (UBC first semester seminars)

And, eight COM electives, at least seven courses (21 credits) must be at the 300/400 level


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 8 COM elective courses.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Communication BA degree
Credits Required for Major65
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum39
Additional Credits Required for Electives16
Total Credits Required for Degree120

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 for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Nov 28, 2022 13:03:12