Communication & Media Studies

Investigate the relationship between culture and communication in our globally diverse society through the Communication & Media Studies program at RWU. Our students learn how to apply their writing, research and problem-solving skills to public advocacy and building community across cultures, cultivating a strong sense of social justice and civil responsibility that prepares them for work and life in an ever-changing world.

Degree Requirements

The Communication & Media Studies Major

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Majors pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Communication & Media Studies must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. In addition, majors must successfully complete 13 major courses, including an internship and a sufficient number of electives to total 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives towards a minor or second major.

Required Courses:

SubjectNumberTitle
COMM100Introduction to Communication Studies
COMM101Introduction to Mass Media
COMM165Introduction to Visual Communication
COMM240Digital Communication: Technology, Modes & Methods
COMM250Intercultural Communication
COMM265Visual Rhetoric-Visual Culture
COMM295Mass Communication Theory and Criticism
COMM310Media Law and Ethics
COMM330International Communication
COMM390Qualitative Research Methods in Communication

and

one of the following required internships:

SubjectNumberTitle
COMM460Internship
COMM461Washington Internship and Experiential Learning Seminar

and

two (2) upper-level courses in Communication & Media Studies from the following list:

SubjectNumberTitle
COMM365Digital Media in a Global Context
COMM375Global Audiences, Global Consumers
COMM380Visual Media in a Cultural Context
COMM385Gender, Globalization, and the Media
COMM432Special Topics in Global Communication
COMM462Washington DC Global Communication Seminar
COMM465McLuhan’s Global Village
COMM480Senior Thesis Capstone
COMM490Cultures in Contact

The Global Communication Minor

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SubjectNumberTitle
COMM100Introduction to Communication Studies

and

Any five of the following (at least one must be at the 200-Level and two at the 300-Level or above):

SubjectNumberTitle
COMM165Introduction to Visual Communication
COMM250Intercultural Communication
COMM265Visual Rhetoric-Visual Culture
COMM330International Communication
COMM365Digital Media in a Global Context
COMM375Global Audiences, Global Consumers
COMM380Visual Media in a Cultural Context
COMM385Gender, Globalization, and the Media
COMM432Special Topics in Global Communication
COMM462Washington DC Global Communication Seminar
COMM465McLuhan’s Global Village
COMM490Cultures in Contact
WTNG300Rhetoric and Cultural Differences

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

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Incorporating Real-World Lessons

Kamille Gentles-Peart, Ph.D. Associate Professor Communication & Media Studies

At RWU our faculty incorporate real world topics that underscore classroom lessons, making the work both relevant and impactful. Dr. Gentles-Peart strives to make her classwork applicable for all students.

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Internship Opportunities

  • Providence Tourism Bureau
  • Arnold Advertising
  • RDW Group Advertising
  • WPRI Channel 12
  • Newport Tennis Hall of Fame
  • East Bay Newspapers
  • Hasbro, RI
  • Tango Pix
  • RI International Film Festival

Employers

  • WCVB-TV
  • ESPN
  • Associated Press
  • East Bay Newspapers
  • Newport Tennis Hall of Fame
  • Stop & Shop
  • Hasbro, RI
  • Olender Media
  • Fama PR
  • Mequoda Daily and Library
  • Houghton Mifflin
  • Citizens Bank

Graduate Study

  • Emerson College
  • Boston University
  • Boston College
  • University of Rhode Island
  • Syracuse University
  • Bentley University
  • New York University