Media Studies


SUNY Oneonta’s Media Studies major (formerly Mass Communication) prepares students for careers in the fields of broadcasting, journalism, film, audio production and video production.

Students in the Production B.S. program have the opportunity to be involved in our student-produced television news program, operating out of two teaching TV studios and several digital editing suites. We also offer courses in Writing for the Newspaper, Writing for Radio, TV and Film and Broadcast Journalism. Students in the Media Studies track have the opportunity to engage in research and media critique, exploring the role of media in American and global culture and politics. Courses include Mass Media & Culture, Film Genres, Fundamentals of Broadcasting and Persuasion in Everyday Life.

Many students take advantage of our close proximity to several large corporate and organizational centers to apply their skills in a professional environment through internships. Some students complete these internships over a summer and others substitute them for a fall or spring semester in their course of study. You can also get plenty of hands-on experience through our TV, radio and film student clubs.



Communication & Media Department
Instructional Resources Center B12

Jonathan Brown
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
"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
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
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
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.