New technologies, the world of global business, and the expectations of the service economy are just some of the many factors creating a demand for professionals with outstanding communication skills and knowledge of communication strategies.
With a strong foundation in the Liberal Arts, BMCC’s Communication Studies curriculum is enriched by courses that build students’ know-how in communicating with audiences of various sizes locally, nationally, and globally. Courses offered include Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, Small Group Communication, Conflict Resolution, The Mass Media, Advanced Public Speaking, Oral Interpretation, and Voice and Articulation just to name a few. The program also gives students a range of elective options from other departments that include business, technology, social sciences, and career planning.
For further information, please visit BMCC website, the Speech, Communication, and Theatre Arts Department in Room S-628, or call (212) 220-8090.
BMCC is committed to students’ long-term success and will help you explore professional opportunities. Undecided? No problem. The college offers Career Coach for salary and employment information, job postings and a self-discovery assessment to help students find their academic and career paths. Visit Career Express to make an appointment with an advisor, search for jobs or sign-up for professional development activities with the Center for Career Development. Students can also visit the Office of Internships and Experiential Learning to gain real world experience in preparation for a four-year degree and beyond. These opportunities are available to help BMCC students build a foundation for future success.
BMCC has articulation agreements with several four year colleges to allow you to seamlessly continue your education there without any loss of credits.
Students may continue to major in Communication Studies or combine this degree with another major. The program is fully articulated with the Communication Studies/Arts programs at Brooklyn College, Cornell University/College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, and Marymount Manhattan College, the Professional and Technical Writing program at New York City College of Technology, as well as the CUNY On-Line BA Programs in Culture and Communication and in Human Relations. It is transferable to other CUNY schools as well as colleges and universities both public and private.
Academic Program Maps
- Communication Studies Program 2 Year Plan (2018-2019)
- Communication Studies Program 3 Year Plan (2018-2019)
Required Common Core
- The course introduces the basic concepts and theories of interpersonal communication in personal, educational and business settings. This includes a study of self as communicator, the effect of language on others, verbal and nonverbal expression of thoughts and feelings, and factors which contribute to effective communication. Prerequisite: SPE 100 or permission of department
- The focus of this course is to provide an understanding of the influence and impact on our lives and society by the mass media. The course examines the history, law, technology, economics and politics of the mass media through independent study, field trips, etc. Students are encouraged to be aware of techniques of influence used by the mass media to influence and determine social and political values. In addition, students learn to develop tools for critical analysis of and standards for discriminating consumption of the mass media.
Prerequisite: SPE 100 or permission of department
- The emphasis of this course is on developing communication behaviors that productively manage conflict; it is structured to integrate communication theory with practical application. Through readings, lectures, sample conflict cases, and interviews, as well as through in-class discussion and exercises,this course will address both intra-personaland inter-personal conflicts that occur indiverse settings, examine the sources of these conflicts, and analyze the factors that influence how we identify, define, manage, and defuse these conflicts. Prerequisite: SPE 100 or SPE 102
- This course is designed to provide an understanding of intercultural principles and perspectives when communicating with people from diverse cultures. Consideration will be given to both verbal and nonverbal communication processes in the "American" culture, co-cultures, contact cultures, and popular culture. Through readings, lectures, response papers, and interviews, as well as through in-class discussion and exercises, this course will explore how culture shapes communication, how situations are framed through cultural lenses, and how histories, perceptions, values, contexts, aspects of stereotypes, and ethnocentrism all contribute to the complexity of intercultural communication. Prerequisite: SPE 100 or SPE 102
- This is a class in small group communication. It covers communication dynamics such as group development, decision-making, discussion, leadership, roles, norms, and conflict. Text and lectures focus on small group communication theory, concepts, and processes. A significant part of the class consists of learning the material through class exercises, participation in a variety of small groups, and reflecting on those experiences.
Choose five from the following for a total of 15 credits:
- Consult with an advisor on which courses to take to satisfy these areas.
- These areas can be satisfied by taking a STEM variant.
- No more than two courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field can be used to satisfy Flexible Core requirements.