With approximately 700 students and 55 faculty, Communication is one of the most popular departments at Buffalo State. We are the largest and only professionally-accredited communication program in the SUNY network of colleges and universities.
Communication students come from 45 of New York's 62 counties and from 12 other states, as well as Canada and several other countries. Currently 846 students are enrolled in the department, wth nearly equal enrollment in each of the four majors.
The gender balance is 51% female, 49% male. The racial/ethnic balance is 56% white, 44% minority (including 28% African American, 8% Hispanic, 3% Asian, 1% American Indian, 4% mixed).
The Communication Department offers four undergraduate degrees - three professional majors in journalism, media production and public communication (public relations and advertising), plus communication studies. Students can add concentrations in sports communication, advertising, and public affairs.
The department offers an online master of science degree in public relations, a 33-credit-hour master’s degree program designed for part-time study. Students who take two or three courses per semester can complete the program in approximately two-and-a-half years.
We have a speech minor and participate in interdisciplinary majors - arts and letters, television and film arts, writing, and individualized studies - and interdisciplinary minors such as legal studies, indigenous studies, leadership, women and gender studies (WGS), and writing.
We are committed to serving the interests of our West Side neighborhood and the wider Western New York community.
The department engages in many community programs. Through class projects and internships, we partner with local businesses and nonprofit organizations, linking our educational mission with community needs.
Department faculty are involved in many organizations focusing on media, communication and education.
The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) has accredited the Communication Department since 2008.
We are the only SUNY school accredited for journalism, public relations, production, and related areas. Only five other schools in New York State are accredited.
The department celebrates the success of students, alumni and faculty with a series of awards and honors:
Formed in the late-1970s as the Department of Journalism, Broadcasting and Speech, the Communication Department is one of the largest and most prestigious programs on campus.
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