State University of New York at Oswego

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B.A. in Broadcasting and Mass Communication
B.S. in Vocational Teacher Preparation

Oswego, New York

The State University of New York at Oswego was founded in 1861 as the Oswego Normal School. The institution became Oswego State Teachers College and one of SUNY's charter members in 1948. While maintaining its high standards as a center for teacher education, the college began to broaden its academic perspective in 1962 when it became one of the colleges of arts and science of the State University of New York.

Today, Oswego is one of thirteen university colleges in the SUNY system. About 8,000 students enroll annually. Oswego offers more than 100 academic programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and certificates of advanced study. The college is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by the Commission on Higher Education. The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Distance Learning Program

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in broadcasting and mass communication and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in six majors in vocational teacher preparation (agricultural, business and marketing, family and consumer sciences, health careers, technical, and trade education) are available to students with two-year degrees in appropriate disciplines. Degrees in vocational teacher preparation are offered in the following areas: agriculture education, business education, family and consumer sciences, health occupations subjects education, technical subjects education, and trade subjects education. All required courses, cognates, and electives as well as courses in other disciplines to fulfill general education requirements are offered online. Students also have the opportunity to complete an economics minor online.

Delivery Media

All courses are taught via the World Wide Web in asynchronous mode through the SUNY Learning Network (SLN) ( Students are required to have reliable access to computers connected to the Internet. Courses use texts/reading materials and involve substantial writing assignments. Students may be required to arrange laboratory experiences with colleges or universities close to home with credits transferred to Oswego.

Students taking VTP 312 online must attend a one-week summer residency in Oswego.

Program of Study

Some required courses may be transferred into the program through substitution or through articulation agreements with two-year and four-year colleges. A transfer evaluation of credit assigns previously earned credits to the appropriate program and to general education and college requirements. Students must complete a total of 122 credit hours for broadcasting and 127 credit hours for vocational teacher preparation to graduate, with a minimum of 30 credit hours taken from SUNY Oswego. At least 60 hours must be from a four-year college. General education requirements also apply.

Specific requirements in the broadcasting major and the vocational teacher preparation major, including cognates and electives, are available at the Oswego State Web site. Students can find requirements for broadcasting at and for vocational teacher preparation at

Special Programs

Some degree program students may benefit from internship opportunities arranged through the Office of Experience-Based Education. Up to 15 hours of internship credit may be applied as electives both in the major and under the general studies curriculum. Past students have performed internships in network television, local and regional media, advertising, media research, and government. Such experiences often lead to job offers and referrals.

Student Services

Some of the campus services and resources that are available online include certain resources in Penfield Library, the Registrar's Office, Student Accounts, the Financial Aid Office, and the Career Services Center. The State University of New York at Oswego Web site is Advisement options include e-mail and telephone consultation for all students.

Credit Options

Up to 62 transfer credits from a two-year school may be applied toward the broadcasting degree, and up to 67 transfer credits from a two-year school and 97 transfer credits from a four-year school may be applied toward the vocational teacher preparation degree. The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is offered and accepted. Up to 32 credits may be earned through CLEP, which is considered transfer credit.


Approximately 40 full-time and 15 part-time faculty and professional staff members currently teach distance courses at SUNY Oswego. Of these, 70 percent have doctoral degrees. The student/teacher ratio is 20:1.


Applicants must submit official transcripts indicating that they have graduated with a two-year degree appropriate for their program. Students may enroll full-time or part-time and must become matriculated after completing 22 hours of study at Oswego.

Tuition and Fees

Part-time undergraduate tuition (instate) is $181 per credit hour. Part-time undergraduate tuition (out-of-state) is $429 per credit hour. Full-time undergraduate tuition (in-state) is $2175 per semester. Full-time undergraduate tuition (out-of-state) is $5150 per semester.

Part-time fees (in-state and out-of-state) are $25.39 per credit hour.

Tuition and fee amounts are subject to change.

Financial Aid

Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid for information regarding income, credit hours, and other guidelines. In most instances, students must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours to be eligible for financial aid.


A SUNY application needs to be submitted for both programs. Both programs have an additional application that must be obtained by contacting the applicable department. Students are notified in writing if and when they are accepted into the program. An orientation session is optional.


For information on broadcasting and mass communication:

Dr. Michael S. Ameigh, Assistant
Provost and Coordinator, Online
Degree Program
35A Lanigan Hall
Oswego, New York 13126
Phone: 315-312-3500
Fax: 315-312-3195
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: ODP/

For information on vocational teacher preparation:

Dr. Margaret Martin, Chair, Vocational Teacher Preparation Department
307 Park Hall
Oswego, New York 13126
Phone: 315-312-2480
Fax: 315-312-3062
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site:

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