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Wine Studies Major

Wine Studies Major

Wine Studies Coordinator

Greg Jones
Melrose Hall 105, A-528


Nancy Broshot, Environmental Studies
Virlena Crosley, Business
Bill Fleeger, Environmental Studies
Rob Gardner, Sociology
Brian Gilbert, Chemistry
Brenda DeVore Marshall, Communication Arts
Russel Paine, Business
Jeff D. Peterson, LCN/SOAN
Thomas Reinert, Chemistry
Sharon Wagner, Business
Lisa Weidman, Journalism and Media Studies
Jeremy Weisz, Biology

Catalog Description

Wine Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to allow students the opportunity to obtain knowledge about the history, culture, production, business, science and appreciation of wine. Courses in this major encourage understanding and critical analysis of the cultural, social and economic significance of wine in Oregon and around the world. Students who complete a major in Wine Studies will be better prepared for graduate studies in viticulture, enology or wine business. They will also be well positioned to pursue careers in the wine industry or the hospitality industry.

Student Outcomes

Students completing a major in Wine Studies will:

  • Demonstrate an interdisciplinary understanding of the wine industry;
  • Apply their understanding to the unique aspects of the wine industry in our state and region;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the global to regional climates, soils, and landscapes that are associated with growing grapes and producing wine;
  • Explain how wine is made, evaluated through sensory analysis, and represented in marketing of the product;
  • Communicate to the public about wine through public speaking, interpersonal communication, advertising, public relations, social media, and online resources;
  • Describe wine distribution methods and wine markets, pricing structures, and demonstrate operating knowledge of global retail wine sales;
  • Articulate the cultural significance of wine and the social/societal aspects of the wine industry;
  • Employ specialized skills in (and to) the wine industry through experiential learning or in-depth research

Course Requirements

To be awarded the Wine Studies major, students must complete:

  1. The course requirements listed below, 45 credits of which cannot be used to fulfill any other degree requirement (other major, other minor or LC),
  2. A minor or a second major or an approved study abroad program (see below), and
  3. The Linfield University requirements for a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree, as defined in the section on degree requirements for all majors in this course catalog.

 For a major: a minimum of 54 credits distributed as follows:

Common Core: 41 credits including; 

WINE 101 - The Geography of Wine (4)
WINE 211 - Introduction to Viticulture (2)
WINE 212 - Introduction to Wine Making (2)
WINE 213 - Introduction to Wine Business (2)
WINE 214 - Introduction to Wine Sensory Evaluation (2)
WINE 290 - Career Exploration in the Wine Industry (4)
WINE 325 – Topics in Wine and Sustainability (4)
WINE 326 – Topics in Wine Culture and History (4)
WINE 480 – Independent Study (3) OR WINE 487 – Internship (3)
COMM 140 - Public Speaking (3)
JAMS 150 - Living in a Media World (3)
ENVS 201 - Environmental Science (4)
BNSS 486 - Wine Business: Value Chain Management (4)

Electives: a minimum of 13 credits, 9 credits of which must be 300 level or higher, from;

WINE 112 - Microbiology of Grapes and Wine (3; also listed as BIOL 112)
WINE 234 - Diverse Voices Across the Wine Industry (4; also listed as COMM 234)
WINE 298 – Jan-Term Course (4)
WINE 325 – Topics in Wine and Sustainability (4)
WINE 326 – Topics in Wine Culture and History (4)
WINE 398 – Jan-Term Course (4)
WINE 485 – Seminar (1-3)
WINE 490 – Research/Thesis (4)
BIOL 285 - Principles of Ecology (5)
BIOL 290 - Plants and Society (4)
BNAC 260 - Financial Accounting (4)
BNAC 261 - Managerial Accounting (4)
BNMG 310 - Organizational Behavior and Management (4)
BNMK 321 - Marketing (4)
BNMK 420 - Sales and Sales Management (4)
BNMK 421 - Promotions Management (4)
CHEM 300 - The Art and Science of Brewing (4)
ENVS 304 - Climate Change: Causes, Consequences, and Mitigation (3)
ENVS 357 - Environmental Communication and Advocacy (4; also listed as JAMS and COMM)
ENVS 360 - Forest Ecology and Management (4)
ENVS 450 - Environmental Health (3)
JAMS 343 - Social Media Theory and Practice (4)
JAMS 347 - Principles of Public Relations (4)
JAMS 349 - Principles of Advertising (4)
COMM 340 - Persuasion and Social Influence (4)

All courses taken for the major must be completed with a grade of C- or better. Some courses in the elective list may have additional prerequisites or may be cross-listed in other departments.

Additional Requirements: students must complete a minor or a second major or an approved semester or yearlong study abroad program. Minors or second Majors can come from one of several academic areas that complement the student’s interest area and career goals. The semester or yearlong study abroad program must be approved by the Wine Studies coordinator. All study abroad students are required to give a presentation to a Wine Studies class or during a seminar upon their return.

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