• The Media and Society Student Ambassadors Program connects outstanding Media and Society majors and minors with prospective majors and minors. Ambassadors meet with prospective students who are visiting HWS during Admissions events, sharing their experiences as students in the Media and Society Program and offering insights about how the program has helped them to discover and pursue their academic and professional goals. Ambassadors also meet with current HWS students who are exploring the major and minor. Ambassadors serve as peer advisors and mentors during individual and group advising meetings. They offer advice about course selections within the major, study abroad programs that fit well with the major, and internship and networking opportunities.

    If you are interested in connecting with a Media and Society Student Ambassador, please contact the Media and Society Program Chair, Lisa Patti, at patti@hws.edu.



    Media and Society and Theatre Double majorAnthony Bray ’23

    Anthony Bray is a senior with a double major in Media and Society and Theatre at the Colleges. He is originally from New York City. He has taken many media and society courses, such as Intro to Social Documentary, Branding, Cultures of Advertising and more. He is always seeking the next opportunity to gain new knowledge in his life and add to the environment he finds himself in. Anthony is currently participating in a mentorship program with Media Hub Worldwide.

  • Olivia Broomes

    Media and Society major; Entrepreneurial Studies minor Olivia Broomes '23

    One of my favorites classes I've taken in the Media and Society program is Cultures of Advertising because I not only gained the foundational knowledge to make a great advertising campaign but also learned the historical contexts and theories that influence advertising. My favorite project in that course was the Industry Portfolio in which I had to submit ten entries on what's going on in the advertising world, its impact, and my opinion on the matter. I really enjoyed curating this project because I learned about current issues in the advertising world and the role that advertising plays in our everyday lives. As of now, I'm interested in a career in marketing and hope to study either marketing or social innovation in graduate school.

  • Cornforth

    Media and Society major; Economics & French and Francophone Studies minor Ava Cornforth ’24

    Although my academic interests vary widely, I think they will give me a great foundation for a career I am hoping to pursue in commercial real estate. I have found the course Cultures of Advertising to be extremely interesting. A recent project that I really enjoyed was when we were tasked in Cultures of Advertising with rebranding a failed product. This project deepened my understanding of the integral components of launching a successful product and also gave me the chance to be creative with my ideas.

  • Dreishpoon

    Media and Society majorMaia DreishspooN

    I love my major and how broad it is because it allows for so many opportunities and options when delving further into your interests, whether that be film production, or broadcasting, etc. My favorite aspect of media and society classes is how hands on and discussion based they are. While TAing for the class "Social Documentary" we, the class, were able to create our own film by doing research, storyboarding scenes, filming scenes, and interviewing different people. This hands on approach is something that is so unique, helpful, and fun.

  • Lauren Earley

    Media and Society and French double major; Entrepreneurial Studies minor Lauren Earley '23

    I have worked as a Media & Society Teaching Assistant, supporting Introduction to Media & Society. Outside the classroom, I have completed internships at the Smith Center for the Arts and the Salisbury Cultural District. During my senior year, I will study abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France.

  • Ben Gordon

    Media and Society majorBen Gordon

    During my time at HWS this major has helped mold me into the person I am inside and out of the classroom. Classes like Cultures of advertising, History of television, and branding, have given me knowledge that has helped me pursue my career goals. This past summer I had an internship At Katz Media Group in NYC. The major and everything I have learned from it has been a big impact on my career path.

  • Kunzelmann

    Media and Society major; Entrepreneurial Leadership minorJulia Kunzelmann ’24

    Julia Kunzelmann (she/her) is a member of the class of 2024 and grew up in Avon, Connecticut. She is majoring in Media and Society with a minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership. She is a part of the Writing Colleague program and is a Media and Society Ambassador. Julia strives to have a career in Advertising or Marketing, and her major, minor, and internship experiences have solidified this passion. The main thing she loves about the Media and Society major is the flexibility to take classes in other departments such as Philosophy and Music, as well as the focus on critical thinking and analysis.

  • Lima

    Media and Society major; History minor Kevin Lima ’23

    I am in the Cultural Production concentration for the Media and Society major. Some of the classes that I have enjoyed taking were Video Editing, Introduction to Imaging, and Intermediate Imaging. I hope that my classes and internships will lead me into the entertainment industry either as a cinematographer or videographer.

  • Julissa Ramirez

    Media and Society and Writing and Rhetoric double major; History minor Julissa Ramirez '23

    I am a Teaching Assistant for MDSC 200, Cultures of Advertising, which I took in Spring '21(and loved!) As a junior, I studied abroad in the UK, taking classes in the Film, Television, and Media program at the University of East Anglia. I am interested in working in the entertainment world, either producing, directing, scriptwriting, or working in the field of talent strategy and development.

  • Slusser

    Media and Society & Writing and Rhetoric major Brayton Slusser ’23

    Throughout my time at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, I have gotten to work closely with various media platforms from around the world. I was given the privilege of working with Professor Lisa Patti during both semesters of my sophomore year, learning about the global film and television industries through her Global Television and Global Cinema courses, and have since focused on taking courses that analyze the various aspects of filmmaking. For my senior year, my studies will be taking me abroad as I will be joining Professor Patti and Professor Benjamin Ristow in Rome, Italy for the fall semester.

  • Stimpson

    Media and Society majorTyler Stimpson

    During my time as a Media and Society major, I have really enjoyed the diverse course selection that is offered. From taking a screen writing course my first year, to currently taking a course on video essays, I have been given the opportunity to learn and experience many different aspects of media that I would have not been able to do elsewhere. In addition to this, taking classes such as Experimental Cinema, Social Documentary, as well as becoming a TA, have helped me further my career goal of becoming a filmmaker and entering the industry of media production.

  • Tetraut

    Media and Society majorMia Tetraut

    I’m a teaching assistant for the introductory course to Media and Society. I’m interested in pursuing a career in the film industry at the moment in video editing. This year I was the productions intern for the Finger Lakes Film Festival which showcases innovative filmmaking from Geneva and around the world. I have a passion for the arts and music. I feel confident that the courses I’ve taken at HWS have prepared me for my future. I’ve been able to explore an array of academic disciplines through the liberal arts experience and I’m grateful for the unique opportunities HWS has provided. The support I’ve received from my professors and the small class sizes have enriched my experience. I’m looking forward to studying abroad this summer in Aix-en-Provence.

  • Washington-Lobdell

    Media and Society major; Spanish minor Jaylon Washington-Lobdell ’23

    I have really enjoyed how much my perspective on media and how it affects the world has been broadened. I have been most interested in marketing and have been lucky enough to participate in a mentoring program with Mediahub.

  • Wasner

    Media and Society majorMadeline Wasner

    Through the Media and Society program I have been able to further expand my interests in digital media and film, as well as explore a multitude of new areas, such as the evolution or societal impacts of media. I am currently a Teaching Assistant for Intro to Media and Society and have enjoyed working closely with peers that have similar interests and learning course material from a different perspective. Connections with professors and classes I have taken, like Cultures of Advertising, have encouraged me to tap into my creative side and have fostered my intent to pursue a career in marketing.

  • Nathan Williams

    Media and Society Major; Anthropology Minor Nathan Williams '23

    Some educational highlights from my time as a Media and Society Major have been classes like Global Videogames and Global Cinema as well as assignments such as a film curatorial project, video essays, and making an experimental film. Some of my academic interests are film and videogame production and analysis. The classes within the MDSC major have greatly helped me expand my interest and knowledge on these subjects as well as a plethora of others.

  • Jett Wright

    Media and Society Major Jett Wright

    The Media and Society department offers so many classes that feature hands on projects to help build our portfolios. The highlight of my studies was a summer broadcast production internship. Thanks to the nature of our courses, I went into this internship extremely prepared and ready to contribute.