The Communication Concentration

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Program Description

The Communication Concentration, part of the Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences A.A. degree program, enables students to gain an understanding of the essential role human communication plays in society, the media and technology. It develops the oral, visual, and written communication skills necessary for students to succeed in baccalaureate transfer programs in communication related disciplines. By offering students courses which reflect a diverse set of global and cultural perspectives, the program expects students to explore and reflect on human endeavors.

The Communication Concentration meets the SUNY Transfer Paths for communication that satisfies the common lower division requirements shared by all SUNY campuses, thus allowing students to seamlessly transfer to SUNY four-year institutions as communication majors. It also prepares students for current and relevant communication careers in areas such as media management, social media, advertising, broadcast and mass communication, public relations, and new media information design.

Program Requirements

View course array on the Communication concentration curriculum worksheet here.

Goals of Communication Concentration

The program prepares graduates to:

Goal 1: Demonstrate proficiency in communication.

  • Objective 1: Write a variety of texts.
  • Objective 2: Present orally in classroom environments.
  • Objective 3: Define and meet information needs.
  • Objective 4: Demonstrate multiple communication literacies.
  • Objective 5: Understand the functions of theory and its relationship to methodology.
  • Objective 6: Generate valid arguments
  • Objective 7: Communicate in a language other than English.

Goal 2: Examine ideas and issues from multiple perspectives.

  • Objective 1: Analyze different cultural perspectives in the humanities, social sciences and the arts.
  • Objective 2: Analyze different theoretical perspectives in the humanities, social sciences and the arts.
  • Objective 3: Ethically examine issues from a communication perspective.

Goal 3: Demonstrate analytical and creative problem solving approaches.

  • Objective 1: Utilize meta-literacy skills to include locating and evaluating information from a variety and electronic resources.
  • Objective 2: Identify the methods natural scientists and social scientists use to explore natural and social phenomena.
  • Objective 3: Utilize mathematical reasoning.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Assistant Professor RaeEllen Doyle at (518) 381-1462 or Carol DeFries, Dean of Liberal Arts at (518) 381-1392.

In their words...

"The beauty of this concentration is how well it fits with the two communication tracks, media and non-media, in the SUNY Transfer Paths. Upon completion, students are poised to continue in either track, which is a huge asset for those who know they would like to pursue the communication field but are unsure of the direction they would like to take."
RaeEllen Doyle, Assistant Professor, Division of Liberal Arts

"Through the Mass Media and New Media courses I had the pleasure of taking with Professor Doyle, my knowledge and use of new media has expanded my professional horizon. I obtained an interview writing and commenting on blogs and have been able to take my multi-level network marketing business to a new level. I now incorporate YouTube, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, and Blogger in ways I would never have dreamed of if it weren't for these classes."
Bianca Rivera, Liberal Arts major