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Communication Minor

(HEGIS: , 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 Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

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 the 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 Communication minor is designed to increase the practical experience and theoretical knowledge of students interested in developing a broad communicative skill set to augment their primary academic career. The minor will provide students with the latest social science developments with an eye toward how that knowledge can be effectively applied in real-world contexts such as health, business, law, and so forth. Thus majors in engineering, management, medical and allied health programs, such as nursing, pharmacy and pre-med or pre-dental majors, as well as those in the College of Arts and Sciences, can facilitate their communication knowledge and skills to become more effective in their workplace or graduate career.

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 members 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 three clinical faculty members, 12 part-time lecturers comprising business professionals teaching skills-based courses, and 14 teaching assistants.

Faculty List Directory

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

Academic Advising

Students interested in the Communication minor should contact the Undergraduate Academic Advisor for information. Ongoing advisement is expected for those prospective majors, accepted majors, and accepted minors regarding their communication curriculum. Accepted majors and minors are encouraged to seek academic advisement in the Department of Communication once each semester concerning their progress in the program. 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. 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:

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Published: Nov 16, 2022 15:55:27