Communication Programs

What can a Communication degree do for you?

Some recent graduates are employed in corporate communication, the media industries, public relations, sales, marketing and financial services. Others have chosen to further their education in the fields of healthcare communication, counseling, conflict resolution, law and business administration.

The basis for their success is a comprehensive liberal arts communication program that combines conceptual and critical understanding with hands on application of skills. All majors take coursework in public speaking, interpersonal communication and mass communication. They also select a track of study in Personal and Professional Communication, Journalism and Media Studies, or Intercultural and Critical Studies.

Course descriptions may be found at Communication Course Descriptions.

Real World Experience

Internships are available to eligible students in their junior or senior years to complement classroom learning with valuable professional experience. Some students work with companies in the Rochester area, as well as in other major metropolitan areas across New York. Other students choose on-campus internships. Recent internships include:

Service Learning

Some academic learning is combined with service to the community. Recent projects have included Mt. Morris Branding Project, SouthWedge Branding Project, Charlotte Branding Project, Main Street Revitalization in Livingston and Wyoming Counties, and marketing for departments on the Geneseo campus.

  • Media - Infinity Broadcasting, MTV Networks, Messenger Post Newspapers, Livingston County News, Genesee Valley Express, Entercom
  • Sports - Rochester Amerks/Nighthawks, Rochester Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Bisons
  • Entertainment - Team Clermont Band Promotion, Rochester Broadway
  • Not-for-profit organizations - American Cancer Society, Cystic Fibrosis, CNY Fertility Center
  • Marketing and advertising - Dixon Schwabl, Roberts Communications, JetBlue, Wegmans
  • On-campus - College Communications and Marketing, Career Development, Athletics and Recreation, Admissions, Scheduling, Events and Conference Services

Program Information

Campus Media

Communication students can further develop their skills with a number of on-campus, student-run media, including:

  • WGSU-FM, an FCC licensed radio station
  • The Lamron, a weekly campus newspaper
  • GSTV, the campus cable television
  • MiNT, the college literary magazine
  • LIVE, a magazine that promotes businesses and communities near SUNY Geneseo

Professional and Campus Organizations

To continue to develop their own knowledge, Communication faculty stay active in a variety of professional organizations related to their professional interests. These include:

  • American Marketing Association
  • American Society for Training and Development
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Broadcast Education Association
  • Eastern Communication Association
  • International Communication Association
  • International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning
  • National Communication Association
  • Public Relations Society of America
  • Toastmasters International

Many Communication students get involved in Lambda Pi Eta, a national academic honorary society, the International Communication Club, and other campus clubs and organizations. A select few also present independent research at local and regional conferences.

Advisement

Students work with a faculty advisor to determine the best course of study to achieve their goals. Students benefit from well-rounded faculty who have real world experience, advanced and up to date study in their field and are well networked in their field of expertise.

More Information

Please visit https://www.geneseo.edu/communication for further information about Communication, its programs, students and faculty.