J&W to offer degree programs in liberal studies, communications


Johnson & Wales University will offer two new undergraduate degree programs in the John Hazen White School of Arts & Sciences (A & S) beginning in September 2013: Communication Studies and Liberal Studies.

Students working toward the Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies will acquire knowledge and experience in cultural studies, history, philosophy, the behavioral sciences, math and science. All students will be required to minor in either general business or project management. This will prepare the student to enter the workforce in business, non-profit, government, and arts/cultural organizations, as well as preparing them for further graduate studies. The program will include experiential learning through an internship, service learning or an optional study abroad.

The Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies will prepare students for a career in communications, with a specific emphasis on media studies. The program will include a strong emphasis on writing skills through practical-based courses in a wide variety of professional writing styles. Students will take a set of related professional study courses in areas such as marketing, public relations, advertising, technical writing and law.

Angela Renaud, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, hailed the development of the two new majors.

“These two new majors will expand what we offer in the School of Arts & Sciences by building on the strengths of our established College of Business and School of Technology curriculum,” said Renaud.

“Many students begin in Arts & Science majors without a clear chosen career path. That is why career advising is so important and why the university has dedicated so many resources to guide students through career placement. By requiring our communication and liberal studies majors to take business or technology classes and complete internships in their area of interest, our students will graduate with the educational foundation and professional skills to begin successful careers.”


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