Communications A.S.

SUNY Cobleskill’s Communication department – with its interdisciplinary curriculum, knowledgeable faculty, and small size – gives our students the individual attention they need to become proficient professional and personal communicators. Whether earning an Associate in Communication or a Bachelor of Communication in Technology degree in our tight-knit programs, students take a variety of hands-on and theoretical courses to teach them that communication is a powerful tool in both careers and life. We (Erik Hage, Douglas C. MacLeod, Jr., and Julie Casper Roth) give students an understanding of what the global village is like when one communicates, whether in word or image, with expertise, confidence, and compassion. With our years of experience, scholarship, and education, we ultimately provide students with the skills they need to express themselves and become successful communication professionals in a number of multi-media platforms. 


     Program Highlights

A hands-on curriculum with real-life scenarios to prepare for the contemporary communications

>> An in-house TV studio that serves as the local access cable station.

 Extensive guidance with one-on-one faculty contact and advisement. 

A special focus on the practice, process and ethics of contemporary news reporting and
      interviewing, mass communication and popular culture and the role of technology in the
      information age and social media.

Students learn to solve graphic design and composition problems by using distinct forms of visual
      media and production modes.

Training in broadcasting and television production concepts, strategies and technology.

     What Will I Learn?

The curricula include courses that range from basic interviewing, newswriting and reporting to television video production, typography and graphic design. It also features extensive opportunities for practical experiences and internships that provide students with the confidence and experience to become effective communications professionals. This combination gives graduates the extensive background and solid experience required for a variety of job opportunities in the communications field. All communications courses emphasize critical thinking, writing, research and presentation.

                                                      Sample Classes

Principles of Marketing
Intro to Mass Media: Comm Info Age
Single Camera Video Production
Contemporary Issues Mass Media
Fundamentals of Speech Communications
Web Design
The New Media Landscape
Script Writing
Feature Writing
Advertising and Promotion
Interpersonal Communications
Intercultural Communications
Visual Media
Typography and Layout
Journalism New Writing
Television Studio Production
The Documentary
The Art of Audio/Video Editing

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     Meet the Faculty

Erik Hage Erik Hage, an associate professor, primarily teaches journalism and mass media. He has been a columnist, feature writer, and critic for Metroland newspaper (Albany, NY); a news editor at Premiere Networks (New York City); and he earned a New York Press Association Award for business writing in 2006. He is the author of the books The Melville-Hawthorne Connection(2014), Cormac McCarthy: A Literary Companion (2010), and The Words and Music of Van Morrison (2009) -- and he has contributed to six other books. Having written for several newspapers, magazines, and journals, his most cherished experience as a journalist came when he interviewed the late blues legend B.B. King. Professor Hage’s research interests include biography, cultural criticism, wilderness writing, and sports journalism, and he and his family live in the Capital Region. Educated at Binghamton University (SUNY) and New York University, Professor Hage was raised in Upstate New York and Boston. When he is not writing, his main pastimes are trail running and training for marathons. | 518-255-5662

Doug MacLeodAssistant Professor Douglas C. MacLeod, Jr., who earned a Doctorate of Arts in the Humanities from SUNY Albany in 2008, worked as an instructor and tutor at various institutions prior to coming to SUNY Cobleskill in 2013. He teaches intercultural communication, script writing, visual media, cinema, mass media, and composition and literature courses. An inter-disciplinarian, Dr. MacLeod stresses to his students the importance of both having a specialty and being well-rounded. He has presented on various subjects at conferences, including The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock, Marathon Man, empathy in the Digital Age, stand-up comedy as a tool for composition writers, and Oliver Stone. He is also widely published, having produced book chapters (on such topics as religion and cinema and Bonnie and Clyde); encyclopedia entries; and book reviews for various print and online academic journals, including Film and History, Scope, Warscapes, and The Journal of American Studies of Turkey (among many others). Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, he lives in Cobleskill with his wife of 14 years, Patricia, and his two beautiful furry children, Daisy and Layla. His outside interests include reading, watching movies and television programs, reading, long car rides with his wife, reading, going to concerts and comedy shows, and reading. | 518-255-5339

Julie Casper RothAssistant Professor Julie Casper Roth works with students in her video production courses to craft stand-out stories in a media-saturated world. Roth has worked professionally as a television director/producer creating web, documentary, and serial content for broadcast. Her productions with WMHT-PBS have aired locally and nationally on PBS NewsHour. An active filmmaker, her independent work has screened in festivals and at galleries nationally and internationally garnering festival awards. Roth is a two-time finalist for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, a recipient of the College Arts Association Professional Development Fellowship, and is a 2008 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Video. She is interested in underdogs, paradox, and the oft unseen. In addition to filmmaking, she enjoys writing, hiking, and artisan chocolate. Roth is a graduate of Smith College and received her MFA from the University at Albany. More information can be found on her website: | 518-255-5664

     Career Outlook

Mass communication is an exciting and growing area of study in today's fast-paced society, and SUNY Cobleskill fully prepares Communications students to apply their coursework to the real world. Students who earn an associate degree in Communications at SUNY Cobleskill are prepared to continue seamlessly into the baccalaureate program.

Associate degree graduates have also pursued bachelor degrees in:

mass media



 public relations

 technical publications

and a number of other related programs