2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 23, 2024  
2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Communication and Media Studies Department

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Paul van der Veur, chair
Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-114
Fax: 607-753-4821
Email: department chair
Email: new communication media program coordinator
CIN Study coordinator

School of Arts and Sciences

Broadcast Journalism


Paul Arras, Samuel Avery, Moyi Jia, Caroline K. Kaltefleiter, Christina M. Knopf, Kathleen A. Lawrence, Christopher Ortega, Paul R. van der Veur, Xiaoqu Xu, Sung Woo Yoo

Adjunct Faculty

For a listing of adjunct faculty see the Faculty and Administration  section.

Degrees and Minors

Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Study
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
Bachelor of Arts in New Communication Media
Bachelor of Science in Media Production
Minor in Cinema Study
Minor in Communication Studies


For Communication Studies majors only:
Popular Culture
Public Relations and Advertising


The Communication and Media Studies Department offers degrees in communication studies, media production and new communication media. In addition, the department coordinates the interdisciplinary cinema study program. These majors allow students to tailor their individual program of study to meet personal learning and employment objectives.

The communication studies major is focused on scholarly analysis and application of human communication in all its complexity. It prepares students for careers as communication specialists in the public or private sector. Communication studies majors receive a bachelor of arts degree in a program that balances theory, analysis, writing and applied skills development.

Our cinema study major provides students interested in film with analytical and production skills they need to work in the film industry. The strong interdisciplinary nature of our program allows students to study with experts in art, communication, English, geography, history, media studies, modern languages, theater, philosophy, political science and psychology.

The Bachelor of Science degree in media production is intended for students interested in the creation of original audio, multimedia and video content. The program prioritizes hands-on production in Cortland's well-equipped studio spaces. Production coursework, internships and participation in student media clubs combine to provide students with in-depth knowledge and skills. 

The new communication media major allows students to acquire the skills necessary for careers in the development of digital content for a social media and related industries. Students also choose courses in content areas of interest to them, including art, geography, sports information and computer applications.

Course offerings in our majors are supplemented through work with student-run campus media and clubs, an extensive internship program, and a highly developed portfolio of study abroad opportunities.

Special Features

  • Blackbird Film Festival
  • CSTV-20
  • Dragon Chronicle
  • Internships
  • Study abroad


  1. Degree requirements  listed in this catalog apply to the majors offered by this department.
  2. Liberal Arts Requirements: BA: 90 credit hours, BS: 60 credit hours



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