Location: Coykendall Science Building Room 51
Web address: www.newpaltz.edu/communication
The Department of Communication offers a major in Communication Studies with concentrations in Organizational Communication, Relational Communication, and Strategic Communication. The program, which leads to either the bachelor of arts (B.A.) or bachelor of science (B.S.) degree, blends technical and theoretical courses that can prepare students for graduate study or a variety of careers. Because communication is closely linked to the technological, social, and cultural forces that are rapidly changing our world, its study affords students a number of ways to pursue their interests and goals. A minor in Communication Studies is also offered.
Students who select a concentration in Strategic Communication take a combination of theoretical and practical courses that prepare them to become communication experts within corporate, non-profit and government organizations, and public relations agencies. Students learn how to write and design public relations materials and how to plan public relations campaigns and special events. Both oral and written communication skills are emphasized. Learning how to conduct research is also an important component.
Students wishing to declare a major in any program of the Department of Communication must have completed a minimum of 30 credits of college-level work. The concentrations in Organizational and Relational Communication require at least a 2.00 GPA; a 2.50 GPA is required for the Strategic Communication concentration. Students may not receive a grade lower than C- in any course considered part of their major program.