Academic Program Proposal

Date
Proposal
Activated
Institution
and
Proposal
Degree
Awarded
Academic
Program
Name
Objections
Received
Decision
Deadline
MHEC Final
Action
Final
Decision
Date
8/15/2016Washington College
Proposal
BACommunication & Media Studies10/14/2016
Communication & Media Studies Program Description
The proposed Communication & Media Studies major builds upon a foundation of communication theory and draws from multiple disciplines to introduce students to a wide range of communication and media studies topics, and the quantitative, qualitative, and interpretive skills necessary to engage in original research.  The curricular design offers a clear disciplinary gateway into the major and then branches out into one of three different course concentrations reflecting the scope of the discipline.  The study of communicative practices and media technologies raises the kinds of questions that push liberally educated people to interrogate their own knowledge, question accepted wisdom, and develop deeper analytical insight.  The major in Communication & Media Studies will contribute to the intellectual emancipation of its majors by focusing primarily on the values of liberal learning; analytical thought, clear communication, aesthetic insight, ethical sensitivity, and civic responsibility.