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.
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 online.
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 three clinical faculty members, 12 part-time lecturers comprising business professionals teaching skills-based courses, and 14 teaching assistants.
Please visit the Communication Department website for additional information about our faculty.