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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Coursework in Communication & Media Studies examines the production, transmission, and reception of messages to inform, persuade, entertain, develop relationships and build community in an ever-changing, cross-cultural context.

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.

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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

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