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  • B.S. in Communication Studies

    Join the dynamic and exploding field of communications and public relations
    Our students routinely hold high-profile, exciting internships in New York City and Westchester where they gain real-world experience.
    Degree:
    B.S.
    School:
    School of Liberal Arts
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry
    Credits:
    120

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Communication Studies B.S. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements 60 Credits
Major Concentration
Communication Studies 42 Credits
Open Electives 18 Credits
Total 120 Credits

Students who major in Communication Studies must complete:

Foundation Courses

  • COMM 200 Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 220 Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 330 Communication Law and Ethics
  • COMM 398 Communication Research
  • MEDA 145 Media in America

Communication Studies Requirements

  • COMM 370 Effective Presentations
  • COMM 399 Internship in Comm Studies
  • COMM 451 Capstone in Communication Consulting

Communication Studies Elective

Communication Studies majors select 6 additional courses from the following categories. Other options include COMM 295 Topics in Communication Studes and and additional internships (at least one course per category):

Communication Theory

  • MEDA 130 News Reporting
  • MEDA 385 The Communication Revolution
  • MEDA 231 Propaganda
  • MKTG 220 Principles of Marketing
  • SPCM 219 Group Behavior

Production and Technology

  • MEDA 110 Radio Production I
  • MEDA 115 Fundamentals TV Production
  • MEDA 215 Video Editing Workshop
  • CART 219 Web Design I
  • COMM 356 Communication Technologies
  • COMM 365 Newsletter Practicum
  • MEDA 132 Copy Editing & Graphics
  • MEDA 201 Intrvw Technique Today's Media
  • MEDA 255 Creative Advertising

Writing

  • MEDA 134 The Feature Article I
  • COMM 154 Publicity Writing
  • ENGL 202 Business Writing
  • ENGL 217 Intro Creative Writing
  • ENGL 265 Introduction to Playwriting
  • COMM 345 Writing for Digital Media
  • ENGL 402 Applied English Grammar

Speech and Theatre

  • SPCM 240 Persuasion
  • SPCM 246 Elements of Theatre
  • SPCM 250 Psychology of Communication
  • SPCM 259 Oral Performance of Literature
  • SPCM 263 Scene Study
  • SPCM 282 Play Directing

With approval form the Program Head, other electives may be substituted on the student's career interests. 

Up to nine credits of internships may be earned by a student majoring in Communication Studies.

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How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1.877.MERCY.GO to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
Is this program offered online?
Communication Studies is not offered online; the courses are scheduled for daytime at the Dobbs Ferry campus.
Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
Tell me about the faculty in the Communication Studies program.
The program curriculum is taught by faculty with the combined credentials of strong academic and scholarly preparation in the field plus extensive and current professional practice. Because the Public Relations profession draws upon so many disciplines----public speaking, writing, communication theory, psychology, business----you will have the benefit of learning from instructors with a variety of professional experiences.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
How many credits can be transferred from another institution?
Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.

Communication Studies Overview

Offering a dynamic combination of theory and practice, the 42-credit Communication Studies program will prepare students to be the communication strategists of tomorrow. Students will receive a solid grounding in communication theory and will get expensive opportunities to practice and polish their communication skills in real-world settings. Students will be permitted up to three internships - letting them test the career waters at television studios, advertising agencies, non-profit corporations, and many other businesses in the New York area. These hands-on opportunities will give students exceptional employment prospects after graduation.

Communication Studies FAQS

What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1.877.MERCY.GO to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.

Career Opportunities

The opportunities are endless - wherever a brand, service, cause, product, or an idea needs a voice. Students will be educated to move into positions as corporate spokespersons, public relations assistants, intranet content writers, corporate video producers, community relations specialists, marketing communications assistants, or employee newsletter editors. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 24% increase in job opportunities for public relations specialists from 2008 – 2018. Students can choose between positions as PR generalists or can align with a particular field such as finance, healthcare, or arts and entertainment. The program also prepares students for graduate school, including such areas as marketing, law, media, political science, non-profit management, journalism, public affairs, and education. In addition to the benefits of the program curriculum, faculty membership in professional associations such as the Advertising Club of Westchester, Public Relations Society of America, and the International Association of Business Communicators gives students access to valuable networking events, juried awards programs, and workshop/seminars on the hottest topics in organizational communication.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Articulate various viewpoints using media of their choosing
  • Apply communication history, theory, and principles to communication problem-solving
  • Evaluate and incorporate reliable information in the analysis of communication problems and issues
  • Be aware of and sensitive to the impact of diverse cultures in discussing, analyzing, and developing communication strategies
  • Present an analysis of how communication law and ethical principles apply to their profession
  • Produce well constructed, logical, written expressions that conform to standard written English
  • Critique and create visual images in support of professional communications
  • Describe the application of theory and skills to address communication challenges, meet goals, and solve communication problems