Back to top

Helpful Downloads

Additional links can be found on the bottom left. When in doubt, contact your Faculty Advisor or CALS Student Services (140 Roberts)

Communication Major Requirements

A.  Core Courses (13 Credits)
B.  Data Literacy Courses (7-8 Credits)
C.  Introduction to Concentration Courses (6 Credits)
D.  Upper-Level Concentration Courses (6 Credits)
E.  Upper-Level COMM Electives (9 Credits)
F.  Communication Practica (3 Credits)
G.  Additional COMM Major Requirements

A. Core Courses  (13 credits)

  • COMM 1101 - Introduction to Communication (fall only)
  • COMM 1300 - Visual Communication (winter, spring, summer)
  • COMM 2010 - Oral Communication (fall, spring, summer)
  • COMM 2310 - Writing About Communication (fall, spring, summer)

B. Data Literacy Courses (7-8 credits)

  • COMM 2820 - Research Methods in Communication Studies (fall only)
  • Students must take a 3-4 credit introductory statistics class, such as PAM 2100, AEM 2100, ILRST 2100, etc. A transfer credit or a score of 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.

C. Introduction to Concentration Courses (6 credits)

  • COMM 2200 - Media Communication (fall, summer) -- CMS
  • COMM 2450 - Communication and Technology (fall, summer) -- CAT
  • COMM 2760 - Persuasion and Social Influence (spring only) -- CSI
  • COMM 2850 - Communication, Environment, Science and Health (spring only) -- CESH

D. Upper-Level Concentration Courses (6 credits)

Students must take six credits (two courses) of coursework within their declared Concentration at the 3100+ level.

E. Upper-Level COMM Electives (9 credits)

Students must complete 9 additional credit hours at the 3100+ level.* Electives can come from any of the Concentrations. A student may elect to fulfill 3 of these credit hours by taking a third Introduction to Concentration course.  A maximum of 3 credits in either 4970 or 4990 (combined) can be counted toward the upper level major requirements. Refer to the Course and Time Roster for the most up-to-date offerings. 

  • ANTHR/COGST/STS 4330 - How Do We Know Nature? Language, Knowledge and the Environment - CESH
  • COML/ENG/MUSIC/PMA 2703 - Thinking Media - CMS
  • COMM  2179  Survey Data in the Information Age - CSI, CAT
  • 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  3350  Presenting Information Visually - 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, CAT
  • COMM  3710   Crossing Cultures Through Film - CSI, CMS
  • COMM  3720   Intercultural Communication - CSI
  • COMM  3760   Planning Communication Campaigns - CSI, CMS, CESH
  • COMM  3800  Television in the Digital Age - CMS, CAT
  • 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  4260  Gender & the Media - CMS
  • COMM  4280  Communication Law - CMS, CSI 
  • COMM  4292  Sexual Identities and the Media - CMS
  • COMM  4300  Ethics in New Media, Technology and Communication - CESH, CAT, CMS, CSI
  • COMM  4350  Communicating Leadership and Ethics - CSI
  • COMM  4360  Communication Networks and Social Capital - CAT, CMS
  • COMM  4380  Communication in Virtual Worlds - CAT
  • COMM  4400  Advanced Human-Computer Interaction Design - CAT
  • COMM  4410  Communicating Self in Social Media - CAT
  • COMM  4450  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  4760  Population Health Communication - CESH, CSI
  • COMM  4800  Behavioral Science Interventions - CSI, CAT
  • COMM  4860  Risk Communication - CESH, CSI
  • COMM 4940  COMM Special Topics count ONLY if they are 3 credits (may be repeated if different topics): FALL 2020: Mindful Intercultural Communication - CSI
  • COMM 4970  COMM Individual Study ***
  • COMM 4990  COMM Independent Research***

* More 31XX+ courses may be added. COMM 2179 and COML/ENG/MUSIC/PMA 2703 are exceptions to this numbering system.
** A maximum of 3 credits in either 4970 or 4990 (combined) can be counted toward the upper level major requirements.

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

  • COMM 2990 (Research – Freshman/Sophomore level)
  • Courses ranging from COMM 3000 through 3099
  • COMM 4580 (The Science of Behavior)
  • COMM 4950-4952 (NYCOMM, LACOMM and SiliCOMM
  • COMM 4960 (Communication Internship - only 2 credits, one per internship, may count towards graduation)
  • COMM 4980 (TA - only 6 credits may count towards graduation)

F. 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
COMM 3090: Experiential Writing in the Yucatan
* All courses in the 30XX range count as a Practica

G. Additional COMM Major Requirements

  • One First-Year Writing Workshop (FWS). (A score of 5 on the AP English Language exam is accepted.)

Special Notes Regarding Transfer Credits

All courses must be approved by CALS for transfer to the College before they can be considered for counting toward the Communication major. The following only applies to the Communication major:

  • Up to 12 credits of coursework may be counted towards Cornell Communication major, if approved, from transfer coursework.
    • Students may transfer communication credits that are course equivalencies; that is, courses which are taught in our department. 
    • Students may transfer in one 3-credit communication practica course. 
    • Students may transfer in one 3-credit upper level elective (from a study abroad or an institution of higher education) that is communication-related, even if it is not necessarily equivalent. This must be approved by the advisor.
    • Petitions for coursework outside of these parameters should be sent to the Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Heather Crespin.

All questions regarding communication transfer credits should be sent to the Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Heather Crespin. For students looking to transfer Communication courses toward the major, please include a copy of the syllabus (which includes required readings, assignments, and course work) in your email to Heather. 

Other Notes

  • All COMM courses must be taken for a letter grade, unless otherwise offered.*
    * Special Grade Policy for Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021: Due to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic, Communication majors and minors are permitted to take their required classes S/U if the instructor offers it as a grading option. 

  • COMM 4940 (Special Topics) maybe be repeated for credits when the topics are different.

  • COMM 4950-4952 - NYCOMM/LACOMM/SiliCOMM will only count as electives towards graduation.

  • A maximum of 3 credits in either 4970 or 4990 (combined) can be counted toward the upper level major requirements.