Communication Arts
Location: IRC - B12
Phone: 607-436-3411
Fax: 607-436-2420

We welcome you to the Department of Communication Arts at the College at Oneonta.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Communication Arts at SUNY Oneonta is to foster a diverse community of learners, scholars and practitioners working together in a dynamic and challenging academic environment. We seek to develop critical, effective communicators and active, informed citizens by blending a liberal arts tradition with a pre-professional education.

Communication Defined

Communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meaning within and across all kinds of contexts, cultures, channels and media (Association for Communication Administration, 1995).

Program

As a department we place our greatest effort on teaching. Several of our teachers have won awards for excellence in teaching. Even though our teachers have achieved wide ranging professional respect in their specific fields—teaching remains our primary focus. Our goal is to help every student reach his or her fullest potential as a student of the communication arts. Our courses are designed to motivate the individual student towards self-evaluation, self-improvement, and continued intellectual growth. We want our students to be able to apply the theories and principles of our disciplines to the real-world concerns of the business, industry, media, and entertainment communities.

Whether our students move on to the professional world, or go on for further graduate study, our aim is for their development as intelligent well-rounded citizens, who will assume responsible places of leadership in an increasingly complex and competitive world of information, social change, and communication.

Abigail Murphy Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist a student who has a minimum of junior class standing in the Communication Arts program, a minimum GPA of 2.5, and is involved in extra-curricular activities, community service, and employment. you can apply for this scholarship through Student Association, Charles W. Hunt Union.

Major Program areas

Communication Studies

introduces students to the theories and practices of oral communication and persuasion. Students in this major usually seek careers in business related fields, as well as corporate communication, advertising, sales, public relations, and events management.

 

Mass Communication

is designed to meet the needs of students who seek careers in the fields of broadcasting, journalism, film, audio production and video production.