B.A. Degree in English & Mass Communications {17-18}

B.A. Degree in English and Mass Communications

A student's B.A. degree will include 33 credits earned in the Department of English and 33 credits earned in the School of Communication and Journalism. The dual major is available for those wishing to concentrate on writing. A student may choose to focus the writing experience to coincide with an interest in advertising, broadcast journalism, communication studies, documentary journalism, integrated advertising and public relations, photojournalism, multimedia journalism, or public relations. A student may select his/her major advisor from either the Department of English or the School of Communication and Journalism. Students are encouraged to get advising from faculty in both program units. Completion of 120 credits is required for this degree which includes the Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum.

Program Delivery Mode
Land plus: face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required

Core Requirements ( 36 credits )

ENGL 300 Introduction to Literary Studies (3)
ENGL 311 Major British Writers I (3)
ENGL 314 Topics in Shakespeare (3)
ENGL 371 Survey of American Literature I (3)
ENGL 380 World Literature (3)
COMM 101 Introduction to Mass Media (3)
COMM 210 Media Writing (3)
COMM 220 Layout and Typography I (3)
COMM 230 Photography (3)
COMM 324 International Communications (3)
COMM 400 Mass Media Ethics and Issues (3)
COMM 403 Communications Law (3)

Designated Writing Intensive Course for Major
COMM 309 Reporting COMM 306 AD/PR Copywriting

Restricted Electives ( 12 credits )

Students must choose nine credits from the listed English courses and must also choose a three credit communications course from those listed.

ENGL 285 Scriptwriting (3)
ENGL 288 Introduction to Creative Writing (3)
ENGL 372 Survey of American Literature II (3)
ENGL 387 Technical Report Writing (3)
ENGL 388 Creative Writing (3)
COMM 306 Advertising & Public Relations Copywriting (3) or
COMM 309 Reporting (3)

COMM 306 or COMM 309 are writing intensive options for the major.

Electives ( 18 credits )

Students must take 9 elective credits in English courses and 9 elective credits in communications courses. The English elective credits must be at the 300 level or above and at least one course must be at the 400 level. Further, at least one course must be in American literature and at least one course must be in British literature. The English electives should be chosen in close consultation with an advisor from the English Department. The communications electives must also be chosen in close consultation with a faculty advisor in the School of Communication and Journalism department and may be drawn from any COMM or LEAD rubric.