4 Surprising Things You Might Not Know About JWU

“Isn’t JWU a culinary school?”

It’s a question we hear a lot. Yes, we’ve been a world leader in Culinary Arts education for quite some time now — but the excellence doesn’t stop there. We’ve grown and transformed into a university that offers elite programs in so many fields that it was hard to choose what to highlight (but I did). Here are four things you may not know about JWU.

1. JWU’s College of Culinary Arts is now the College of Food Innovation & Technology (CFIT)

The FIDL at Harborside Campus
We’re leading the way to the future of food with our new College of Food Innovation & Technology. Students can still learn how to make some of the world’s most delicious food, but now they will also be able to explore how food impacts people, communities and economies. From the ingredients to the package it comes in, food has social, political, and environmental implications. And, with a new Food Innovation Design Lab (FIDL) at the Providence Campus, students have already started experimenting with new ingredients and package designs that will change the way the world eats. Watch the video to see how The Maple Project turned out!

2. JWU’s Advertising & Marketing Communications program is nationally recognized.

Many alumni of this program are now working at some of the biggest companies in the industry (Hill Holliday, Google and Facebook to name a few) which is how JWU has made a name for itself in the Advertising world. “The JWU program in terms of business, marketing and advertising is very well known in the professional industry, so you’re in really good hands,” said Jasmine Turner '16, who now works at Hill Holliday as a media strategist.

We’ve also built up our reputation through competition. Each year, the American Advertising Federation hosts a National Student Advertising Competition and — not to brag — JWU’s ADTEAM has had a lot of success. They placed in the finals in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2019, and won the national championship in 2017.

The ADTEAM with first place trophy 

3. JWU’s Cyber Threat Intelligence & Defense program will teach you CIA tactics.

Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability — this is the CIA triad, a model that helps guide organizations on best practices for security. You can learn all about it and many other industry tools and operating systems in our Cyber Threat Intelligence & Defense program, which goes beyond the traditional Cyber Security degree to teach the proactive defense and counteraction used to protect our country every day.

“Innovative thinking, out of the box thinking, is critical in a program like this,” said assistant professor Brandon Catalan, CCE, CISSP, ACE. Before teaching at JWU, he spent 10 years working for the Department of Defense. “Being innovative and trying to look at the way things were done in the past, and then trying to predict what’s going to happen in the future, is what helps us come up with a new offensive collection technique that nobody’s even thought of yet.”

A student at a computer 

4. JWU’s Media & Communication Studies program was designed to help you pursue a career in virtually any industry.

Doesn’t sound like it could be true, right? But, the highly customizable Media & Communication Studies program can teach skills that translate to any industry in or outside of media.

“We prepare students to really think about how to create as well as edit, translate, and disseminate information across a variety of industries and platforms,” said Professor Chris Westgate, Ph.D. “[Students build] those creative and critical thinking skills as well as the written and oral communication skills that will prepare them to succeed in any position that they set their sights on for the future.”

Aspiring filmmakers, photographers, podcasters, producers and sound engineers will enjoy the numerous production courses. Aspiring writers, journalists, social media coordinators and media marketers will enjoy the principle courses that study media audiences, industries and perspectives. And, everyone will enjoy the creative space that the new Center for Media Production offers, including a podcast studio, writing room, editing suites and tons of production equipment.

Students using the Center for Media Production 

Find out more about these exciting programs and what else JWU has to offer.