See an Elective? Don’t Wait to Enroll Because It Might Not be Offered for Another 3 Semesters!

The Department of Communication offers electives in each of its three concentrations on a 3-semester rotation. This means that you should enroll as soon as you see an elective that fits your concentration (for instance, Leadership & Communication, Training & Development, Negotiation, Conflict Management, Communication & Gender, Perceptions of Diversity in Communication, Crisis, Risk & Disaster Communication, etc.) because it may not be offered again for another three semesters.

For Spring 2023, the department is offering: Nonverbal Communication, Conflict Management, Crisis, Risk & Disaster Communication, Communication & Gender, and a special topics course: Talk, Technology & Society.



Seniors! Take Senior Seminars in Spring, Even if You Plan to Graduate in Dec. 2023

Most first- or second- semester seniors should take their senior seminar in the spring. The Department of Communication offers senior seminar courses in each of its three concentrations but 2 of them are offered ONLY in the SPRING: CMM454 Organizational Communication Seminar and CMM455 Relational Communication Seminar. (The Strategic Comm Seminar is offered every semester.)

First- and second-semester seniors concentrating in Organizational Communication or Relational Communication must take their senior seminar this spring. (Public Relations and Strategic Communication concentrators who will be first-semester seniors in spring 2023 are invited, but are not obligated, to take CMM 456 Seminar in Strategic Communication in the spring.) If you haven’t taken a pre-requisite research methods course, CMM352 Qualitative Communication Research Methods or CMM354 Quantitative Research Methods, this means you must get permission to take the seminar and research methods at the same time. Please meet with your major advisor SOON to discuss your path toward graduation.

Internship Eligibility Deadline is One Month Away: Nov. 11

Students wishing to intern next semester: there is one month left before the deadline!

You must apply for internship eligibility by Nov. 11 if you wish to intern during the spring semester.

Applying for internship eligibility includes completing the application and submitting your resume and progress report. If you do not do this at least one semester before your internship, it will not count for credits.

To apply for internship eligibility, visit

Apply by Nov. 11 if you want to intern next semester.


Spring Schedule is Live: Meet your Major Advisor Soon

The Spring 2023 schedule is live, which signals the opening of advising season! Please take some time to look at your progress report for graduation requirements and major requirements before drafting a class schedule to share with your major advisor. 

Here are some important notes from the Department of Communication: 

  • The senior Seminars in Relational Communication and Organizational Communication are ONLY offered in Spring semesters, so if you plan to graduate in December, you must take the senior seminar in Spring. You should already have taken a communications research methods course (either Qualitative or Quantitative Research Methods) before taking the seminar. On rare occasions, the department will approve taking them at the same time, but the skills needed to succeed in the senior seminar are acquired in the research methods course. senior seminars
  • Elective courses are offered on a 3-semester rotation. If you see an elective in your communication concentration, register for it because it won’t be offered again for another 3 semesters!  For Spring, we’re offering

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Social Media and Communication Student Volunteer Needed for New Paltz Refugee Nonprofit: Immediate Opening

New Paltz for Refugees ( is a grassroots, volunteer, non-profit group working with other agencies and NGOs to resettle those in need to our New York State, Hudson Valley community. The organization seeks a volunteer for the role of communications, public relations and volunteer outreach. New Paltz for Refugees is narrowing its attention to focus on 2 very needy families, one of which arrives here in the next few weeks, and the group will need much assistance. Having a student who can send out updates of progress and of the need for volunteers or donations would be so helpful as well as to deal with any media outreach.
The ideal candidate will have an interest in the subject of humanitarian aid, social justice and global social issues. The candidate is required to be proficient in writing, public relations and social media posting, as well as possess strong interpersonal relationship skills. Candidates will need to work independently, but also participate in team meetings and projects.

Send resume and cover letter to Arthur Zaczkiewicz at:

This position will be volunteer this spring semester, but may become a summer internship for credit if they student needs academic credit.

Attention Juniors & Seniors: Lambda Pi Eta Honors Society Applications Are Here!

If you are a Junior or Senior, it’s time to think about possibly joining the New Paltz chapter of Lambda Pi Eta – the National Communication Association’s Honor’s Society (Open to all majors in the Department of Communication and Department of Digital Media and Journalism). To qualify for membership in the Alpha Alpha Delta Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, you must: Continue reading

Social Media Marketing Intern Needed for a New Paltz Catering Business

Novellas New Paltz has been established since 2011, and has been a successful catering hall since. We host Weddings, Sweet 16’s, Bar/ Bat Mitzvah’s, Corporate Events, Birthday Parties and any other events that we believe we can provide excellent service for. We are family owned and ran, and work hard to develop strong relationships within our community.
We have an internship position available for students interested in Marketing/ Social Media/ Communications.

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