SACS Approval Granted for New Communication Studies Major

By Kailey Holbrook

Tennessee Wesleyan has been approved to offer a new Communication Studies program. Word of the approval by SACS, the accrediting body of colleges and universities, came late Monday afternoon on Dec. 7, 2015 to college officials. The major will help to develop the newest generation of filmmakers, TV producers, journalists, and public relations managers. Through the program, students will learn how to analyze, create and apply media in the forms of print, digital and broadcast media. Communications Studies majors will  study in four broad areas: Communication Studies, Public Relations, Journalism and Media Production.


This semester, classes in Introduction to Digital Media and Understanding Human Communication were offered. In the spring, two new classes are being taught: Understanding Film and Television Production. These courses will allow students learn to analyze films, better understand the methods of story-telling. and then work to create stories of their own through electronic media.


Reese Hall: New Home of Communication Studies

The Communication Studies program will be housed, along with the Art Program, in  Reese Hall, the site of the old Athens Post Office, adjacent to Trinity Methodist Church. The space is currently being renovated and is expected to be ready for occupancy later this year. The Bachelor of Science degree will provide real-life knowledge and practical experiences in the ever-changing world of communication and digital media.

For more information on this exciting opportunity contact Professor Ron Gilbert (regilbert@twcnet.edu) or any of the current Communication Studies majors.


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