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Paul van der Veur
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Phone: 607-753-4201
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Program Details

Communication Studies: Concentration in Media Production [MEPD] (Major)

The communication studies concentration in media production prepares students for careers in sound and video digital production.

Career Potential

  • Broadcasting
  • Audio production/post production
  • Video production/post production
  • Broadcast journalism

Communication Studies Core
  • COM 100 - Human Communication (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 200 - Communication History (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 203 - Introduction to Media Writing (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 210 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 301 - Mass Media and Society (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 302 - Intercultural Communication (3 cr. hr.) or
  • COM 303 - International Communication (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 304 - Communication Research (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 400 - Communication Law and Ethics (3 cr. hr.)
A. Required Courses
  • COM 322 - Intermediate Writing for Media (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 430 - Media Criticism (3 cr. hr.)
B. Choose at least one course from each group
Group A
  • COM 243 - Video Production I (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 342 - Video Production II (3 cr. hr.)
Group B
  • COM 242 - Audio Production (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 312 - Media Performance (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 343 - Video Journalism (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 349 - Multimedia Production (3 cr. hr.)
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124
Example of the B.A. in Communication Studies over four years

The sample program listed is model for communication studies majors with or without a concentration. It does not reflect the expectations for all of the programs. Students should consult an advisor to obtain up-to-date program requirements and to formulate a degree plan.

First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16-17
  • Foreign language 101
  • GE course
  • COM 100 - Human Communication (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 210 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr. hr.)
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.) and
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15-16
  • Foreign language 102
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • COM 200 - Communication History (3 cr. hr.) and
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16
  • Foreign language 201
  • Elective
  • GE course
  • Participation course
  • COM 203 - Introduction to Media Writing (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 301 - Mass Media and Society (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16
  • Foreign language 202
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • Elective
  • Participation course
    and
  • COM 300-level elective for COM majors or
    COM 321 - Intermediate Writing for Public Relations (3 cr. hr.) or
    PRAD majors take COM 321.
  • COM 323 - Intermediate News Writing and Reporting (3 cr. hr.)
    MEPD and JOUR majors take COM 323.
Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • GE course
  • Elective
  • COM 302 - Intercultural Communication (3 cr. hr.) or
  • COM 303 - International Communication (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 304 - Communication Research (3 cr. hr.)
    and
  • COM 300-level elective for COM majors or
    COM 421 - Mass Media Advertising (3 cr. hr.) or
    PRAD majors take COM 421.
  • COM 332 - Readings in Journalism (3 cr. hr.)
    MEPD and JOUR majors take COM 332.
Spring Total credit hours: 16
  • GE course
  • LAS elective
  • LAS elective
  • Participation course and
    COM 300-level elective for COM majors or
  • COM 422 - Public Relations (3 cr. hr.) or
    PRAD majors take COM 422.
  • COM 349 - Multimedia Production (3 cr. hr.) or
    MEPD majors take COM 349.
  • COM 310 - Feature and Opinion Writing (3 cr. hr.)
    JOUR majors take COM 310
    and
  • COM 400 - Communication Law and Ethics (3 cr. hr.)
Fourth Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Participation course and
  • COM 300-level elective for COM majors or
  • COM 311 - Interviewing Principles and Practices (3 cr. hr.) or
    PRAD majors take COM 311.
  • COM 430 - Media Criticism (3 cr. hr.) or
    MEPD majors take COM 430.
  • COM 433 - Literary Journalism (3 cr. hr.)
    JOUR majors take COM 433.
Spring Total credit hours: 16

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