Embrace the power of communication.
Survey after survey indicates that employers consistently rank excellent
oral and written communication skills as among the most desirable abilities
in potential employees. SBU Communication graduates rise to the top in the
workplace, ministry, and graduate school.
The SBU Advantage
innovative curriculum that blends theory and practice
- Excellent faculty
who are not only leaders in their fields of expertise, but care deeply about
students and their personal, spiritual, and professional development
- Equal attention to improving the writing, research, and presentation skills
of each student
- Small class sizes enable our students to receive
- Graduate school faculty from universities
across the country report that our graduates are among the most
well-prepared for graduate school
- A versatile degree that prepares
students for a variety of potential career paths
Multiple opportunities to apply effective communication practices outside
the walls of the classroom including: writing for SBU’s student newspaper
The Omnibus, participating in SBU’s nationally-recognized speech and debate
team, participating in career-oriented internships, and many more.
A Communication degree is available as a Bachelor of
Science or a Bachelor of Arts (same requirements as a B.S. plus foreign
language requirements). Classes include public speaking, communication
theory, communication research methods, persuasion, organizational
communication, a senior capstone project and an internship.
Pi Kappa Delta: The nation’s largest, oldest, and most
prestigious intercollegiate speech and debate honorary organizations.
Students who are interested in being a part of the
award-winning SBU Forensics team can audition for scholarships.
A Communication degree provides a solid foundation
for future careers or graduate school. The program demands that students
acquire broad knowledge and specific competencies such as learning the
basics of research methods, communication theory, and organizational
- COM/TEC 1013 Media and Society
- A study of communication strategies in mass media. The history,
development and current structures of the media and their effects on
- COM 2223 Argumentation and Debate
- Emphasis on methods and theories of argumentation and debate.
Attention to research, analysis, case building and oral
- COM 2393 Interpersonal Communication
- Theory and practice of effective interpersonal encounters.
Special attention to listening, language, self-perception,
interviewing and nonverbal communication.
- COM 3003 Communication Theory
- Survey of theories in interpersonal, small group,
organizational, rhetorical, mass media, and cultural communication
contexts. Special emphasis on using theoretical knowledge to improve
- COM 3013 Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
- This course offers in-depth exploration of both the theoretical
and methodological aspects of rhetorical studies. Since rhetorical
theories are foundational to the study and practice of effective
communication, students will learn how to use both historical and
contemporary rhetorical theories to analyze a variety of important
texts including speeches, films, advertising campaigns, and any
other type of persuasive discourse.
- COM 3043 Communication Research Methods
- This course offers systematic study of the various types of
research methodologies used in the communication discipline.
Students will learn the basics of investigating communication
phenomena using social scientific, qualitative and critical
- COM 3283 Persuasion: Theory and Practice
- Theories and practice of persuasion and social influence.
- COM 3353 Organizational Communication
- This course allows students to study how communication
intersects with organizational life and culture on both the
theoretical and practical levels. Special emphasis will be given to
how organizations can use communication to function and how students
can communicate effectively within a wide array of organizational
- COM 3363 American Public Address
- Historical and critical study of leading American speakers,
their speeches and philosophies. Individual research and analysis.
- COM 4311 Senior Capstone
- This course is designed as a comprehensive measure of the
knowledge and skill students have acquired in their particular
communication arts major. There will be two primary dimensions to
the capstone course: 1) an opportunity for students to reflect on
and undergo assessment of their body of work in their major; and 2)
an opportunity to synthesize the knowledge of communication arts
theory and practice in a final project performance. The portfolio
and presentation will serve to demonstrate whether or not students
have successfully completed the work required for their chosen
degree. Since the department is diverse in emphases and
specializations, each student will be given an opportunity to design
a final project consistent with his/her interests and experience.
- COM 4983 Internship
Choose one of the following:
- COM/THR 3303 Oral Interpretation of Literature
- Emphasis on theory and practice of communicating works of
literature from the printed page.
- COM 3313 Advanced Public Speaking
- Advanced study of preparation and delivery of various speech
types. Special attention to extemporaneous and manuscript speaking.
Plus an additional six hours of communication electives selected with