The department supports three student clubs. The clubs include the Video Production Club, WONY Radio, and the Communication Arts Society.
The Communication Arts Society explores and participates in out-of-class
WIRE TV is the student run television station on campus. WIRE TV exists to enhance skills and experiences in television production through interaction and hands-on experience by utilizing professional equipment, video-editing software and through shared experiences with other campus and community organizations. WIRE TVcan be seen on campus and on the local public access channel 7 days a week, reaching over 25,000 households in Otsego and Delaware counties.
Lambda Pi Eta is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA). As an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), has nearly 420 active chapters at colleges and universities worldwide.
The Oneonta Film Club is for individuals interested in filmmaking and documentary production. The club hosts film screenings and discussions on campus throughout the year, and hosts its own film festival every spring. Many club members enter their short films into film festivals across New York State.
A background in communication studies provides a student with the knowledge, skills and experience to create a career plan of his or her choice. Beyond the preparation of specialists, communication studies is essential to involvement in many professions and in all human interactions. Those pursuing careers in government, social services, law, and education find the ability to communicate vital for success.
A recent survey found that top management regarded communication as the single most vital skill needed in an organization. Following are examples of positions held by recent communication studies graduates: public relations consultant, foreign service officer, campaign director, public information officer, market researcher, legislative assistant, advertising sales director, speech writer, and conflict resolution mediators.
The revolution in electronics has given added importance to the study of mass communications. Global media capability makes us increasingly dependent upon spoken and visual symbols for information and understanding. Students pursuing Mass Communications major can find jobs in the areas of print and broadcast journalism, electronic media, motion pictures, advertising, public relations, and corporate communication.