Communication and 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.

The Communication & Media Studies Major

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The Communication & Media Studies major recognizes that we live in a world where national boundaries are disappearing as international and domestic concerns and issues intersect, interact and overlap. To ensure that our students are prepared for living and working in this new global community, the Communication & Media Studies curriculum is committed to examining the mutually constitutive relationship between culture and communication and its impact in a globally diverse and multicultural environment. Coursework in Communication & Media Studies examines the creation, dissemination, and interpretation of mediated and non-mediated messages within cultural and global contexts.

Students undertaking a major in Communication & Media Studies:

  • 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.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

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.

Foundation Courses:

COMM101Introduction to Mass Media 
COMM240Digital Communication: Technology, Modes & Methods 
COMM265Visual Rhetoric-Visual Culture 
COMM305Mass Communication Theory and Criticism 
COMM310Media Law and Ethics 

and one of the following required Internships:

COMM460Internship 
COMM461Washington Internship and Experiential Learning Seminar 

Required Courses:

COMM100Introduction to Communication Studies 
COMM165Introduction to Visual Communication 
COMM250Intercultural Communication 
COMM330International Communication 
COMM390Qualitative Research Methods in Communication 

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

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 

The Global Communication Minor

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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)

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 
WTNG300Rhetoric and Cultural Differences 
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Incorporating Real-World Lessons

Kamille Gentles-Peart, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department Chair Communication and Media Studies

At RWU our faculty incorporate real world topics that underscore classroom lessons, making the work both relevant and impactful. Dr. Gentles-Peart, Chair of the Communications Department, 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