Apr 07, 2020  
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of English and Communications

Professor Kemp, Interim Chairperson; Professors Ablamowicz, Armistead (Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs), Burduck, Christianson, Creter, Eisen (Interim Associate Dean), Kash, Laird, McQuail, McRae, Null, O’Rourke, Pickering, Saya, Stewart, Viera, Weidner, Witcher; Associate Professors Baker, Ding; Assistant Professors Cloutier, Jung, Wilson; Instructors Christen, Fisk, Golz, Kilgore, Robinson, Smith


The English language and literature curriculum is designed to improve students’ skills in writing, critical reading, and thinking; to enrich their cultural experience; and to prepare  them for all professions requiring a high level of expression, imagination, and intellectual activity, including creative writing, editing, teaching, law, politics, and management.

The English major includes four concentrations: Literature, Writing, Professional Communication, and Dramatic Arts. All are designed to prepare students for careers that require  the ability to think critically, write clearly and imaginatively, and understand diverse cultural contexts. The Literature curriculum develops strong critical and textual skills, and allows  students to discover great literary works of the past and present, providing an excellent foundation for graduate study in English and related fields. In the Writing concentration students explore the arts of creative expression and rhetorical discourse, grounded in the study of literary traditions. The concentration in Professional Communication provides students with knowledge of skills, strategies, and theories necessary for employment in various workplace and technological settings, with options in Corporate Culture, Information Architecture, and Scientific and Technical Writing. In the new Dramatic Arts program students focus on the literary traditions and performance arts  that come together in the theatrical experience, preparing students for lifelong engagement with the arts while providing a solid foundation for graduate study or any profession that requires teamwork and creativity.


With concentrations in Journalism and Speech Communication, the Communication major produces graduates who understand the powerful role of communication in all aspects of society. The Journalism curriculum prepares students for a variety of employment opportunities in the mass communications and media professions, primarily in the print media and public relations as well as corporate communication. The program stresses practical experience. The student newspaper, yearbook, and radio station, and the regional PBS-affiliate television station are integrated with class work, and students are encouraged to participate in the internship or co-op program. The concentration in Speech fosters the understanding of the process and practice of communication among individuals, groups, organizations, and cultures. Emphasis is on effective and ethical communication skills for success in virtually all kinds of speaking situations. Students may participate in speech and debate team activities. Upon graduation they are ready to begin careers in business, government, law, education, politics, social and human services, international relations and negotiations, or further study on the graduate level.


Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science