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Communication Studies, A.S.

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Communication skills are important for success in the workplace, no matter what career a person pursues. The Communication Studies curriculum provides the opportunity to develop and refine communication skills as well as to develop an understanding of the communication process. The Communication Studies degree program enables graduates to either transfer to a four-year institution or to seek immediate employment in related fields where communication skills are an asset. Communication Studies students can begin their pursuit of a career in traditional media careers such as journalism, public relations, or advertising and marketing or use the program as a stepping stone to other communication intensive careers such as teaching or law.
Program Goals and Objectives
  • To complete the seven knowledge and skills area of the SUNY General Education policy.
  • To develop the student’s verbal, written, and visual communication skills and abilities within the framework of a liberal arts education.
  • To prepare students for transfer to a four-year institution; although, some students seek immediate employment.

Alumni Spotlight

William Briggs ‘20

I really liked the mix of practical and classroom experience in the field of Communications. There was a really good balance of learning Communication theory in class, while also getting the chance to run an actual Public Relations campaign, participate in a newscast, work with a teleprompter, visit a radio station, create print ads, and write for a published newspaper. SUNY Niagara really was the ‘Smart Place to Start’ for me. The proximity to home as a commuter student was great, and you just cannot beat the value of a community college. I am two years into my college experience with no debt, and I could not have done that anywhere but SUNY Niagara. After graduation, I transferred to Niagara University and major in Communication Studies with a Theatre Studies minor.

William Briggs

Degree Program Learning Outcomes

The assessment of student learning outcomes is not only a key indicator of program effectiveness, it is also one of the standards of excellence identified by the Middle States Commission (Standard 5) and is required through the SUNY assessment initiative.

View Learning Outcomes.

Program Contact

Marissa Pytlak-Surdyke, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
Phone: 716-614-6742
Location: B-124
Division Office: 716-614-6460