Department of Communication & Media

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Mission Statement

The Department of Communication & Media at SUNY Oneonta is a community of learners, scholars and practitioners with a mission to foster critical, collaborative, creative communicators and active, informed citizens who contribute meaningfully to their communities and professions. 

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).


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.