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


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Student Learning Outcomes

While matriculating in the Communication & Media Studies program, students:

  • Learn theories, models, and concepts that investigate the relationship between culture and communication.
  • Develop research skills relevant to the study of culture and communication.
  • Cultivate a concern for communication ethics, social justice, and civic responsibility.
  • Understand the dynamics related to communication technologies and new media and develop appropriate applied skills.
  • Refine and foster writing skills, critical thinking skills, creativity, and problem-solving abilities.
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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


  • 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

Juris Doctor/Bachelor's 3+3 Accelerated Program (J.D.)

Earn your bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees in six years through RWU’s Three-Plus-Three Law program. You’ll get a jump-start on your J.D. by integrating law courses into your undergraduate studies and completing undergraduate requirements in your first year of law school. Accepted students will take first-year courses in the School of Law along with legal electives to fulfill undergraduate fourth-year requirements. Interested students must indicate their intent to pursue a 3+3 pathway early in their undergraduate studies for curriculum planning and advising.

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