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.