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2021 - 2022 University Catalog 
2021 - 2022 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication & Media Studies, B.A.

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The Communication & Media Studies program (CMS) focuses on communication as a fundamental and all-encompassing human activity that involves constructing and sharing of messages and various meaning making activities in our local and global contexts.  The program has a strong social justice emphasis that focuses on understanding how communication practices and audiences participate in and challenge structural inequalities within and across various cultural contexts. 
Consistent with the Learning Outcomes identified by the National Communication Association, students completing the Communication & Media Studies major at RWU will be able to: 

•    Describe the Communication discipline and its central questions
•    Employ Communication theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts
•    Engage in Communication inquiry
•    Create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context
•    Critically analyze messages
•    Demonstrate the ability to accomplish communicative goals (self-efficacy)
•    Apply ethical communication principles and practices
•    Utilize communication to embrace difference
•    Influence public discourse.

Degree Requirements

Majors pursuing the Bachelors 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 14 major courses (42 Credits), including an internship or senior thesis project (under advisement), 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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