The English & Communications Department offers majors—Literature, Creative Writing, Professional Writing, Communications, and Secondary English Education—and courses emphasizing the study of important and enriching cultural texts: novels, poetry, plays, non-fiction essays, films, social media, speeches, advertisements, and more. Our students practice effective written and oral communication and integrate theory and practice; they also use these skills in a variety of Work Program jobs, including department assistants, student journalists, public relations assistants, and writing tutors.
Classes in the English & Communications Department are largely discussion-based; faculty and students share ideas and information in an engaging and dynamic atmosphere. Many of our majors find jobs in fields that need professional communicators and critical thinkers—public relations, professional writing, publishing, journalism, corporate management, law, and teaching; others continue their education in graduate school.
- Dr. Karen Dillon’s new book, The Spectacle of Twins in American Literature and Popular Culture, was published late summer 2018.
- Dr. Ren Draya continues to spend a month in the U.K. each summer; her research interests include contemporary women writers, Shakespeare, and medieval drama. In 2018, she saw the medieval mystery plays staged in Chester Cathedral.
- Dr. Naomi Crummey’s essay “Portrait of My Aging Female Body” was published in the Winter 2018 issue of Grain.
- Dr. Natasha Casey’s article (co-authored with Spencer Brayton), “Media and Information Literacy in a Higher Education Environment: An Overview and Case Study,” was published in the anthology Media Literacy in Higher Education Environments.
- Dr. Mark Benedetti has taken over faculty supervision of Blackburn’s student newspaper, The ‘Burnian, and he is currently developing a book proposal for his dissertation research on avant-garde filmmaking in New York City.