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Communication and Media Studies Department

Department Overview

If you can see yourself as a Film / TV news director, journalist, special effects technician in the film industry or a public relations or advertising executive, then a major in communication studies is in your future.

The Communication and Media Studies Department offers degrees in both communication studies and new communication media that are supported by professional-level production facilities. These majors allow you to tailor your program of study to meet personal learning and employment objectives.

Courses in both majors are supplemented by work with the student-run newspaper, radio station or other campus media, an extensive internship program and a highly developed study abroad program.

At SUNY Cortland, you’ll gain experience leading to a successful career and have the opportunity to further your education through graduate studies or professional training.


Brooks Lecture Series to explore the culture of truth

Sept. 13, 2022
Talks will tease deepfakes, classroom censorship, and what makes science deniers tick.

Blackbird Film Festival on campus May 19 to 22

May 17, 2022
The eighth annual festival, which is free and open to the public, features 136 films over 13 thematic blocks.

Women History Month talk explores healing through nature

March 22, 2022
Sherron Brown, a non-traditional student and Cortland resident, will offer a talk “Black Women in the Woods: Finding Solace in Nature,” on Thursday, March 24.

Students uncover hidden news stories

March 22, 2022
A class assignment resulted in six SUNY Cortland students publishing underplayed news discoveries on the national Project Censored website.

SUNY Cortland alum wins $112,000 on Wheel of Fortune

Jan. 26, 2022
Schenectady, N.Y., native Ilene Singer Knebel ’84 is the first $100,000 bonus round winner in 2022.