Communication Studies

The field of communications, broadly defined, includes any profession which requires clear and persuasive writing or speaking, such as journalism, public relations, advertising, and broadcasting.
Catalog Requirements Notice

The requirements listed on these pages may change by the year as programs and courses are added or altered. Archived Academic Catalogs for previous years can be viewed in pdf form here. These documents contains the specific academic requirements pertaining to those who entered the College before the 2015-16 year.

The field of communications, broadly defined, includes any profession which requires clear and persuasive writing or speaking, such as journalism, public relations, advertising, and broadcasting. The curiosity, research skills and analytical thought encouraged within any liberal arts major are basic tools for the professional communicator. At Wells, the student who is interested in pursuing graduate work in communications, or who will seek employment in the field with the B.A. degree, may add focus to her or his liberal arts studies by choosing the minor field of communication studies.

The minor requires courses that relate to theoretical aspects of communication and courses that involve practical applications. Courses in writing, interpersonal communication, mass media, and the Internet are augmented by independent work, tutorials, and internships. Additional courses are selected by each student in consultation with the coordinator from a list carefully selected to add diversity and richness to the minor. The coordinator will work individually with each student to plan the minor, including a consultation prior to registration for each semester.

Communication Studies Minor

Professor L. McClusky, Coordinator

Students doing two minors may not minor in both advertising and communication studies. The total number of courses required for the minor is 7 (18.5-23 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (11-13 sem. hrs.)

COMM 290 Internship in Communications (2-4 sem. hrs.)
or COMM 390 Advanced Internship in Communications (2-4 sem. hrs.)
FMS 270 Writing for the Mass Media (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 151 Principles of Sociology (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 331 Mass Media and Society (3 sem. hrs.)

Two of the following from different disciplines (4.5-7 sem. hrs.)

ART 119 Visual Organization (3 sem. hrs.)
ART 261 Photographic Digital Imaging (3 sem. hrs.)
ART/BKRT 127 Introduction to Graphic Design (3 sem. hrs.)
BKRT 220 Digital Book and Graphic Design (3 sem. hrs.)
CS 105 HTML (1.5 sem. hrs.)
FMS 101 Media and Power in American Culture (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 280 Psychology of Art (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 294 Research Methods for the Social Sciences (4 sem. hrs.)

One of the following (3 sem. hrs.)

FMS 220 Post-Colonial African Cinema (3 sem. hrs.)
FMS 241 Reading Popular Film (3 sem. hrs.)
FMS 281 Film and Literature (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 329 Aesthetics (3 sem. hrs.)
SPAN 204 Conversation and Composition Through Film (3 sem. hrs.)

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