About the Program

Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (Accredited)

This major allows students who enjoy writing the flexibility to tailor a program based on reporting and presentation of news, and other journalistic writing through print, broadcast and online media, including social media. It meets the needs of students preparing for a career in which research and interviewing abilities, accurate and objective reporting, legal and ethical insight, and competence in editing are central to professional practice. Compare this major with communication studies, media production, and public relations and advertising.

Buffalo State was the first SUNY school to become affiliated with the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications and has the largest program in the system. Only a handful of undergraduate programs in New York State are accredited.

Career Opportunities

Students prepare for careers as reporters, anchors, commentators, and news directors for radio, television, and internet-based media, and as reporters, editors, and columnists on newspapers, magazines, blogs, and other digital media.

The profile of a successful journalism graduate is a person with a strong writing proficiency and a compelling use of language, good speaking and listening skills, keen ethical insight and legal awareness, and competence in presentation of information in a particular format (written, visual, and/or digital).

Academic Standards

Only grades of C or higher may be applied toward requirements for any communication degree; courses with lower grades must be repeated. Consistent with standards of the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the number of communication courses that students may take is capped, encouraging a broad-based liberal arts education. The department encourages students to take minors or second majors, and requires evidence of an academic concentration or area of expertise outside the Communication Department.

About the Communication Department

B112 Buckham Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6008
Fax: (716) 878-4697
https://communication.buffalostate.edu/

Admission Requirements

Incoming freshmen and transfer students can declare the major.

See the Communication Department​ for application forms and additional information,
including a list of equivalent core courses at community colleges. Transfer students from two-year schools may apply only core courses toward this major for a maximum of 12 credits. Students generally require four semesters of study after completing communication core courses.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements
33-39 credit hours 33-39

Journalism Major Requirements (42 credit hours)
Communication Core (12 credit hours)
COM 100 MEDIA LITERACY 3
COM 210 INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA WRITING 3
COM 215 INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL COMMUNICATION 3
SPC 205 INTRODUCTION TO ORAL COMMUNICATION 3

Major Requirements (21 credit hours)
COM 302 PRINCIPLES OF JOURNALISM 3
COM 303 WRITING FOR PRINT AND ONLINE JOURNALISM 3
COM 312 BASIC MEDIA PRODUCTION 3
COM 337 ELECTRONIC NEWS PRODUCING 3
COM 325 FEATURE WRITING 3
or COM 338 ELECTRONIC NEWS: REPORTING
COM 400 COMMUNICATION LAW 3
COM 405 ONLINE NEWSROOM 3

Senior Seminar (3 credit hours)
COM 450 COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY 3

Communication Electives (6 credit hours)
Select any two 300 or 400 level COM or SPC courses

All College Electives
36-48 credit hours 36-48
Total Credit Hours 120