We offer five majors in English & Communications: Literature, Creative Writing, Professional Writing, Communications, and Secondary English Education. Our students work in a variety of Work Program positions including journalists for the college’s student-run newspaper The ’Burnian, disc jockeys for the online radio station, writing tutors, and department and public relations assistants.
The Literature major offers historical surveys in British and American literature and courses such as Shakespeare, African-American literature, Global Masterpieces, Film, and Graphic Narratives. Our topics courses link to other majors/minors on campus, such as Literature and the Environment, Literature and Gender, and Literature, Law, and Leadership.
The Creative Writing major follows a workshop model in which students share, critique, and revise their work. Creative Writing majors are introduced to all genres—narrative, poetry, drama, non-fiction, creative non-fiction—until they eventually specialize. Majors take part in the department’s annual creative writing contest and publication of the college’s literary magazine, VORTEX.
The Professional Writing major is largely project and client based. Classes introduce students to various genres of professional writing—business communication, grant writing, reports and proposals, new media, technical writing. Professional Writing majors are required to complete an internship during their junior or senior year.
The Communications major offers courses in journalism, advertising, public relations, communication theory, and media literacy to provide practical application of communication theory with the profession. Media studies and traditional communications courses are combined to prepare for a variety of professional fields. Communications majors complete an internship during their junior or senior year.