The Department of Communication and Media is one of the largest academic departments on campus, with more than 500 majors in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, and Electronic Media Production or Management. The department has 15 full-time faculty. It represents a discipline that combines methods from both the humanities and social sciences in its study of how people share ideas through the mass media as well as through interpersonal, group, public, and intercultural contexts. The faculty of Communication and Media value freedom of speech and the press as tools for informing and promoting a democratic dialogue.
The Department's overall mission is to draw from the traditional strengths of a Liberal Arts education and prepare its majors for graduate degrees in communication and to support the career and professionally oriented programs in Interpersonal/Intercultural Communication, Journalism, Organizational Communication, Radio/TV Production, Radio/TV Management, Public Communication, and Public Relations. Faculty also play a significant role at the Legislative Gazette, a weekly newspaper published by journalism students in Albany which focuses on the business of the New York state government.
The department offers the college’s only distinguished visiting professorship and has had three Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and best-selling authors on campus to teach classes. James H. Ottaway Sr. Endowed Professorship
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