Communication, B.A.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Program Overview

As a communication major, you will develop strong oral and written communication skills as well as the ability to craft clear and persuasive messaging. You will gain strong critical thinking and analytic skills as well as the ability to work both independently and collaboratively. When you major in communication, you can choose from three tracks: Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication, Professional and Organizational Organization, or Visual and Media Studies.

Communication, B.A.

Where You'll Go

A degree in communication will give you the skills to pursue a wide variety of jobs, including in the fields of corporate communications, public relations, advertising, human resources, film, music, television, and journalism. You can also pursue an advanced degree in teaching communication theory, research methodology, and practice. The communication program will teach you such life skills as conflict resolution, building and maintaining relationships, presentation skills, rhetorical analysis, and working in diverse, global environments.

Major Details

The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023–24 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.

Major Description

The interdisciplinary B.A. in communication provides a foundation in the range of communication forms; the history and technologies of communication contexts; research methods in communication; and pertinent legal, ethical, and cultural issues.

Major Requirements (38–41 Credits)

Students must complete both A and B below.

The program director, in consultation with the program’s advisory committee, may allow substitutions for up to two course requirements, consistent with the educational goals of our program. Special topics courses may, in addition, be used to fulfill program requirements.

A. Communication Core (26–27 credits)

Each of the following nine courses in the Communication Core must be completed with a grade of C or better:

Communication 1000; Television, Radio & Emerging Media 1165; Communication 2000/Communication Arts. Sciences, and Disorders 2639; Communication 3000 (English 3196); Communication 3100 (Psychology 3120); Communication 3150W (Television, Radio & Emerging Media 2222W); Communication 3200 (Philosophy 3315); Communication 3300 (Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 3235/Television, Radio & Emerging Media 3535); Communication 4000 (nine or more field hours per week) or Communication 4100 (14 or more field hours per week).

The internship course requirement may be waived for full-time employees in related fields with the permission of the program director; those students must take a substitute communication course elective. Internship credit cannot be earned retroactively.

B. Choose and Complete One Track

Students must choose and complete one track, consisting of four courses, one from each area (12 credits):

  • Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
  • Professional and Organizational Organization
  • Visual and Media Studies

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Describe the communication discipline and its central questions
  • Employ communication theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts
  • Engage in communication inquiry
  • Critically analyze and create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context
  • Identify and apply ethical communication principles and practices
  • Utilize communication to embrace difference
  • Demonstrate workplace competencies (e.g., communication, teamwork, DEI, and leadership) that afford opportunities such as relevant internships, employment, and postgraduate study

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Sharona Levy, Program Director

3439 Boylan Hall
P: 718.951.5225

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Office of Undergraduate Admissions

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2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210

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Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication

Area 1—Culture

Africana Studies 3230 (English 3158); American Studies 3402 (English 3157); Anthropology 3301; Anthropology 3126 (Children and Youth Studies 3126); Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 1619; Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 1627; Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 3105; Sociology 2200.

Area 2—Society

Africana Studies 3228 (American Studies 3306); Anthropology 2215; Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 1608; Philosophy 3308; Political Science 3106; Political Science 3160; Psychology 2100; Psychology 3110; Sociology 1101; Sociology 2601 (Africana Studies 3328); Sociology 2605; Sociology 3605.

Area 3—Family

Africana Studies 3320; Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 1635; Psychology 3270; Sociology 2400; Sociology 3609 (Women and Gender Studies 3318).

Area 4—Gender

Africana Studies 3362 (Women’s and Gender Studies 3488); Anthropology 3310; Business 3250 (Women’s and Gender Studies 3345); Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 4625; Philosophy 3726 (Women’s and Gender Studies 3137); Political Science 3153 (Women’s and Gender Studies 3353); Political Science 3155 (Women’s and Gender Studies 3330); Psychology 3360; School Psychology, Counseling and Leadership 3000; Sociology 2600 (Women’s and Gender Studies 3420; Women’s and Gender Studies 1001.

Professional and Organizational Organization

Area 1—Organizational

Business 3210; Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 2631; Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 3733; Psychology 3171; Sociology 3607.

Area 2—Communication and Presentation Skills

Business 3010 (Television, Radio & Emerging Media 2660); Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 1707; Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 2623; Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 2719.

Area 3—Groups and Teams

Business 3220; Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 1618; Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 4646; Psychology 3140.

Area 4—Specialization

Business 3160; Business 3110 (Computer and Information Sciences 1597/Television, Radio & Emerging Media 3537); Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 2607; Health and Nutrition Science 2183 (Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 4666); Psychology 3172 (Business 3240); Television, Radio & Emerging Media 2517 (Business 3130); Television, Radio & Emerging Media 2519; Television, Radio & Emerging Media 2726W.

Visual and Media Studies

Area 1—Culture

Anthropology 3180; Art 3167; Film 2117; Film 2131; Film 3122; Music 3101; Philosophy 3702; Puerto Rican and Latino Studies 3335; Sociology 3802; Television, Radio & Emerging Media 3434 (Women’s and Gender Studies 3121).

Area 2—Media

Anthropology 2320; Art 2811; Film 2120; Film 2129; Television, Radio & Emerging Media 2032; Television, Radio & Emerging Media 2420.

Area 3—History and Society

Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 2615 (Television, Radio & Emerging Media 2615); English 4405; Film 2116; History 3462 (American Studies 3406); Sociology 2800; Television, Radio & Emerging Media 2265; Television, Radio & Emerging Media 4160.

Area 4—Theory

Art 3177; Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 1643; Film 3130; Philosophy 3501; Philosophy 3511; Television, Radio & Emerging Media 4430W.

Internships and Employers

Through job fairs, the internship database, and internship panels, the Magner Career Center gives students in the communication B.A. program access to career opportunities at a wide variety of employers, including:

  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • Brooklyn VA Hospital
  • Citibank
  • Columbia Business School
  • The Daily Show
  • Firelight Media
  • Full Picture
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Make a Wish Foundation
  • No Peeking Theater
  • Police Athletic League
  • Sony Records
  • Warner Music Group

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