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Communication Major Requirements

A.  Core Courses (15 Credits)
B.  Focus Area Introductory Courses (6 Credits)
C.  Focus Area Upper Level Courses (6 Credits)
D.  Upper-Level Electives (9 Credits)

E.  Communication Practica (3 Credits)
F.  Outside Concentration (12 Credits)

A. Core Courses  (15 credits)

COMM 1101 - Cases in Communication (fall only)
COMM 1300 - Visual Communication (spring only)
COMM 2010 - Oral Communication (fall, spring summer)
COMM 2310 - Writing About Communication (fall & Spring)
COMM 2820 - Research Methods in Communication Studies (fall only)

B. Focus Area (6 credits)

COMM 2200 - Media Communication (fall & summer)
COMM 2450 - Communication and Technology (fall & summer)
COMM 2760 - Persuasion and Social Influence (spring)
COMM 2850 - Communication, Environment, Science and Health (spring)

C. Focus Area Upper Level (6 credits)

Students must take six credits (two courses) of coursework within their declared Focus Area at the 3000-4000 level.

D. Upper-Level COMM (9 credits)

Students must complete 9 additional credit hours at the 3100+ level. Electives can come from any of the focus area lists. A student may elect to fulfill 3 of these credit hours by taking a third focus area introductory course.  A maximum of 3 credits can be counted for 4970, 4990, or 4991. Refer to the Course and Time Roster for the most up-to-date offerings. 

COMM  3100  Communication and Decision Making in Groups - CSI            
COMM  3110  Educational Psychology - CSI                    
COMM  3150  Organizational Communication: Theory and Practice - CSI        
COMM  3189  Taking America’s Pulse - CSI
COMM  3200  New Media and Society - CAT, CMS
COMM  3210  Communication and the Environment - CESH, CMS
COMM  3300  Media and Human Development  - CESH, CAT, CMS, CSI
COMM  3400  Personal Relationships and Technology - CAT, CSI
COMM  3450  Human Computer Interaction Design - CAT
COMM  3460  Crowds, Communities, and Technology - CAT, CSI
COMM  3560  Computing Cultures - CSI
COMM  3760  Planning Communication Campaigns - CSI, CMS, CESH
COMM  4200  Public Opinion and Social Processes  - CMS, CSI, CESH
COMM  4201  Information Policy: Research, Analysis, and Design - CSI
COMM  4220  Psychology of Entertainment Media - CAT, CESH, CMS
COMM  4250  Sports and the Media - CMS
COMM  4280  Communication Law - CMS, CSI
COMM  4300  Ethics in New Media, Technology and Communication - CESH, CAT, CMS, CSI
COMM  4360  Social Networks in the Emerge of Social Capitals - CAT, CMS
COMM  4400  Advanced Human-Computer Interaction Design - CAT
COMM  4410  Communicating Self in Social Media - CAT
COMM  4450  Seminar in Computer-Mediated Communication - CAT
COMM  4560  Community Involvement in Decision Making - CESH
COMM  4650  Mobile Communication in Public Life - CAT, CMS
COMM  4660  Public Communication of Science and Technology - CESH
COMM  4860  Risk Communication - CESH, CSI

Students may not use the following courses to complete this area:

  • COMM 2990 (Research)
  • Courses ranging from COMM 3000 thru 3099
  • COMM 4580 (The Science of Behavior)
  • COMM 4960 (Communication Internship - only 2 credits, one per internship, may count towards graduation)
  • COMM 4980 (TA  for a course - only 6 credits may count towards graduation)

E. Communication Practica (3 credits)

COMM 3010: Narrative for Digital Media
COMM 3020: Science Writing for the Media 
COMM 3030: Organizational Writing
COMM 3040: Writing and Editing for the Media 
COMM 3060: Creating a Personal Brand 
​​​​​​​COMM 3070: Communicating for Impact: Developing Strategic Messages
​​​​​​​COMM 3080 - Environmental & Sustainability Communication

F. Outside of COMM Concentration (12 credits)

In consultation with advisors, students will develop a concentration of 12 credits of related courses outside of the major requirements listed above. 

Option 1: 
Construct Your Own Concentration (12 credits)

This option allows for students, in consultation with their advisor, to develop a coherent set of related courses outside of the Department of Communication.  A formal minor or double major satisfies the outside concentration, but is not required; the concentration may be composed of courses from more than one major, or even college, as long as it maintains thematic or disciplinary consistency.

Option 2:
Professional Development Concentration (12 credits)

This option allows students to take additional courses that focus on Professional Development in Communication.  Students can choose from the approved list of Professional Development courses in Communication, as well as closely related courses across campus.  Students must work with their advisors to verify that they are choosing a satisfactory combination of courses.
​​​​​​​COMM 3010: Narrative for Digital Media
​​​​​​​COMM 3020: Science Writing for the Media 
​​​​​​​COMM 3030: Organizational Writing
​​​​​​​COMM 3040: Writing and Editing for the Media 
​​​​​​​COMM 3060: Creating a Personal Brand 
​​​​​​​COMM 3070: Communicating for Impact: Developing Strategic Messages
​​​​​​​COMM 3080 - Environmental & Sustainability Communication

Also in the second year, students must take an introductory statistics class, such as PAM 2100, AEM 2100, ILRST 2100, etc.
A 5 in AP statistics is also acceptable as credit for this requirement. Students should consult with CALS Student Services to ensure they have the appropriate credit for this requirement.

Special Notes Regarding Credits

  • Only 1 Communication Course will be counted, if approved, from Study Abroad.
  • Only 12 credits of Communication coursework will be counted towards Cornell Communication Coursework, if approved, from transfer coursework (9 credits at the 1000/2000 level and 3 credits at the 3000/4000 level).
  • COMM 4940 (Special Topics) maybe be repeated for credits when the topics are different.
  • All COMM courses must be taken for a letter grade