About Our Department

Professor Jason Schmitt teaching a public speaking class

Communication and Media focuses on providing students with the high-demand communication skills that make them valuable in a variety of fields and industries. Based in rhetorical traditions and making use of contemporary technology, Communication and Media seeks to strengthen students' ability to solve complex communication problems.

Blayne Baker '17
The best thing about communication is the freedom to explore multiple disciplines. Because of my minor in business and courses such as film and literature, I found my calling in writing. I am actively pursuing positions as a copywriter in Boston. Finding yourself and your passion is extremely rewarding as a communications major because your possibilities are endless.

Blayne Baker '17, BS Communication and Business Minor

Department Spotlight


Paywall: The Business of Scholarship– the documentary produced and directed by Professor Jason Schmitt, Chair of Clarkson’s Department of Communication & Media – had its Potsdam premiere recently, following a September debut in Washington, D.C. The film makes the case for open access to research and science and has been screened at 330 institutions around the world in 2018. View “Paywall” online at paywallthemovie.com.


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The short film Warren S Fenzi (I Dream Chairs) by Clarkson Professor Stephen Farina is an official selection of the Architecture Art Design Film Festival to be held during Modernism Week in Palm Springs, California in February 2019. Earlier in 2018, the film had been named as a Semi-Finalist for the Craft in Focus (Ambacht in Beeld) Film Festival in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Read More.

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Top Employers
Anaren Microwave Inc.
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Bristol Myers Squibb
Department of Defense
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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation
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Flexible Curriculum
Integrate communication, design and technology with goals & purpose.
Start-Up Ready
Skills in pitches for new ideas & business models for venture capital funding
Clubs & Competitive Teams
Build resume through student run media, technical documentation for projects & theaterical productions
Framework of Core Communication Skills
Indepth specializations in allied fields, like digital arts, computer science, business, biology & psychology
Collaborative Research with Faculty
Participate in R&D projects with internationally recognized experts in how people communicate & work
Effective Communication Skills with Emerging Technologies
Digital video & audio, photography & graphic design, on-line text, traditional spoken & written media


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