Media Studies

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SUNY Oneonta’s Media Studies major (formerly Mass Communication) prepares students for careers in new media, film, television, audio production, and media criticism. The program combines critical media scholarship with hands-on content production experiences so students develop the skills they need for 21st-century media professions.
 
Courses in the program allow you to explore the role of media from a critical/cultural perspective. You will also have access to a wide variety of professional production tools, including high-definition video cameras with HDSLR kits, audio/podcasting recording equipment, audio, and video editing suites, and lighting kits. Learning facilities include two TV/video production studios with a control room, broadcasting facilities for live athletic events, and a mobile broadcasting unit.
 
In addition to taking classes, many students apply for internships with a variety of media companies located in close proximity. Students complete these internships over the summer or substitute them for a fall or spring semester. They also get plenty of hands-on experience through student clubs and organizations like WIRE-TV, the television production club, WONY, the campus radio station, Film Club, the Communication Arts Society, and Lamda Pi Eta, the communication and media studies honor society.
 

Contact

Communication & Media Department
Instructional Resources Center B12
607-436-3411

Profiles
Austin Teitelbaum
Students
When I looked up state schools that have TV stations, Oneonta was the first one that came up. I looked at images, and I applied right away. I saw the opportunity in the school, how many clubs there are and how people seem to be a family. I always heard great things about SUNY Oneonta, and just knowing that I walked in here as a transfer junior and am coming out of here as president of the TV station is a huge, huge thing. I love this school so much because of that.
Jonathan Brown
Students
Oneonta has a really good communications program. I felt that it would give me the skills I need to perform well in my career. After just a few mass communications classes, I knew I had made the right choice.
Keri Balnis
Students
I was the type of kid that didn’t play with Barbies. I played weather station, and set up a whole news station in my bedroom. When I saw that, if I came here, I could make that come to life, I knew this was the right place for me.
Natalie Costanza
Students
I just got my first WONY radio show, which is so exciting. It’s all feel-good music and music I’ve been listening to during the past week. I get callers making requests and I have some guests in the station. … I love radio -- I found my niche in the music industry. I would love to be an announcer for a radio show one day.
Terrell Rose
Students
What really drew me to Oneonta was the mass communications department because there is just so much. When I visited and saw the TV studio in IRC and all the equipment, I was like, "‘We have lighting kits?!" And when I toured the Mass Comm department and saw the plethora of classes we can take, that’s when it hit me. Other schools only had, like, two media classes, but I wanted more.
Zahria Shaw
Students
Being a peer mentor for freshman and transfer students has been amazing. I had a mentor freshman year, and that really helped me grow and explore campus.That made me want to become a mentor myself. It’s rewarding knowing that you’re helping someone make that transition and feel comfortable.