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Why Choose Saint Rose for a Bachelor of Arts in Communications?

Good communicators are needed in every corner of the world. Between the popularity of social media, a 24/7 news cycle, and the advent of streaming services — the demand for thoughtful and compelling communication has never been greater.

Whether you dream of winning an Emmy or a Pulitzer Prize, The College of Saint Rose’s Communications program will provide you with the tools and resources needed to reach your personal and professional goals.

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The College of Saint Rose Academic Facilities

Receive one-on-one support from our dedicated faculty who have a breadth of experience in journalism, public relations, advertising, film, and new media.
Use state-of-the-art technology and work in professional studios in the Hearst Center for Communications and Interactive Media.

The department offers internships at media organizations, such as advertising agencies, newspapers, and broadcast operations to give students the chance to network with leaders in the field.

Communications alumni have built lasting careers with many notable and diverse media outlets, including ESPN, MTV, NBCUniversal, Buzzfeed and more.


Taylor P. Farnsworth Annual Scholarship

The family of Taylor Paige Farnsworth '18 wish to honor her life by creating a scholarship in her name. The scholarship will be awarded to a student at the College of Saint Rose enrolled in the B.A. in Communications degree program, with first preference for a student concentrating in journalism.

Students interested in receiving the Taylor P. Farnsworth Annual Scholarship will submit a one-page essay on the following topic to the chair of the Communication department by April 1. What value does journalism have in society and how do you think you can contribute to the field of journalism?

The scholarship may be applied to any academic related expenses including tuition, fees, book, or other materials. Email your essay submission to

Chat with a Communications Major

Learn like a boss.

Earn a bachelor's and master's in four years.

In addition to our traditional bachelor's degree Saint Rose now offers our 2-in-4 program, which allows students to save time, money, and get ahead by earning both their bachelor's and master's in four years.

Explore Communications 2-in-4 Programs

Program Highlights

  • Concentrations in: Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising, Film and New Media, Broadcast News, and Critical Media Studies.
  • Dedicated faculty members, each of which are accomplished in their field.
  • Internship opportunities with local and nationally known organizations such as WAMC, WMHT, WTEN/Fox 23 News, NYS Assembly Radio & TV, Gramercy Communications, Make a Wish Foundation and more.
  • Alumni who include award-winning television writers, reporters, producers at national networks, and internationally recognized journalists.
  • Professional technology in the Hearst Center for Communications & Interactive Media: TV and audio production studios, video editing suites, and performance studios with professional sound and lighting systems.

What kind of jobs can you get with a communications degree?

A degree in communications can open the doors for careers in public relations, marketing, advertising, sales, journalism, and digital media.
Our communications program can also prepare students for careers in human resources, law, and education.
Frequently, our communications majors choose a minor to focus their studies in a particular field mentioned above.

Course Requirements and Learning Objectives

Students will produce professional-level work for target audiences by:

  • Honoring the codes of ethics guiding the discipline
  • Using effective verbal and/or nonverbal communication
  • Demonstrating an understanding of histories, theories, concepts, models, and/or practices
  • Conducting effective research
  • Employing appropriate styles and approaches for various media

Statement of Support and Plan For Students and Faculty of Color

We, the faculty of the Communications Department, are aware of and distressed by the levels of systemic racism not only in our country, but also in how such ideologies seep into our educational institutions. We are committed to standing up for racial justice, empowering and promoting students of color, diversifying our faculty, and modifying our curricula and pedagogy to incorporate anti-racist methods and ideologies.

COMpass - Department of Communications Bi-Annual Newsletter

Introducing the COMpass Newsletter, created to share the exciting news of students, alumni, and faculty in the Department of Communications. Interested in writing for the COMpass Newsletter? Contact us at

Download July 2020 Volume 3, Issue 1

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