Communication is closely linked to the technological, social, and cultural changes that are rapidly changing our world, making communication an essential area of study within the liberal arts. The Department of Communication Studies offers concentrations in Relational Communication, Organizational Communication, and Strategic Communication, offering students a variety of ways to pursue their interests and career goals. 

The faculty in the Department of Communication are actively engaged in research and scholarship, innovative in our teaching, and strongly committed to the Lower Hudson Valley region through our advocacy and outreach efforts. Housed in the largest college on campus, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of Communication advances the mission of SUNY New Paltz and the SUNY System by working to deliver high-quality education, excel in discovery and innovation, model a culture of diversity and inclusion, and build pathways for the exchange of knowledge and opportunity between the state, the nation, and the world within our broad and important discipline while preparing our students for graduation. 

We invite you to explore our major and minor programs, as well as our General Education courses. 


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Coykendall Science Building 51
Phone: 845-257-3450


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Meet the Faculty

View the department directory for our faculty's contact information, research interests, and more.

What Will You Learn in Communication Studies Courses

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An Alum's Perspective

Grace McDermott ’11 Reflects on Her Studies Abroad

Read a great article about 2011 graduate Grace McDermott and her thoughts about SUNY New Paltz and her education. She received a bachelor's degree in Journalism with a Public Relations concentration.


Contact Us

Location: Coykendall Science Building 51
Phone: 845-257-3450

Interim Department Chair: Stella Deen,

Department Advisor: Nancy Heiz,

Office Assistant: Amanda Valentin,

Administrative Assistant:  Amy Witkus,

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