Communication Studies

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Communication Studies class activity

To study communication is to learn about and engage in the communicative processes that influence, shape and create our world. What does it mean to be a good communicator? How do we connect to others despite our social, cultural and political differences? What does it mean to have a voice, to participate in our democracy, to actively engage in a global society? What can we achieve in and through communication?

Guided by expert faculty who are both scholars and practitioners in the field, our students learn and practice the skills that excite 21st century employers, while learning how to communicate and participate in the world as global citizens. The Communication Studies major is designed with flexibility to meet your dynamic and diverse needs. You can tailor the major to your interests, working closely with a faculty advisor to create an individual course pathway.

Throughout your coursework, you will become grounded in the field of communication while developing and honing the skills of speaking, writing and listening critical to success in your personal, professional and public lives. Majors complete coursework that focuses on navigating small group dynamics, improving interpersonal and/or organizational relationships, cultivating cultural awareness and influencing public discourse.


Communication & Media Department
Instructional Resources Center B12

Emily Whitaker
I’m an example of how much you can grow here. I was such a nervous freshman, but this college has honestly changed me. I’m such a different person than I was freshman year. And it’s made my career path because now that’s what I want to do with my life. I just love how much of a difference it has had on me, and I can’t wait to help other students find that.
James Bethel
Attending the 2016 NCAA Annual Convention in Texas was an opportunity afforded me by Oneonta, and it really helped me at that time. I went down for their Student Immersion Program and got to sit in legislative meetings for the Big Ten Conference, and that was eye-opening for me. It’s something I really hold special because it gave me a peek into the realm of athletic administration and helped me realize that’s what I want to do.
Lisa Bianco
Coming to Oneonta has been the best experience of my life. There were so many things I didn't even know I had to discover about myself that Oneonta gave me the freedom to do. One of my best experiences was running for president of my class because it was very, very much pushing me out of my comfort zone. It's never something I thought I would do. Going through that whole process and then ending up winning was really amazing.
Harrison Zema
I've met all my best friends in Oneonta. When I transferred, I literally dropped into this giant friend group. Music’s always been a big part of that. The music department here is next-level and they're really accommodating and professional. The Funk Band plays downtown at The Black Oak; you can’t get better experience than that.
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