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English: Communication and Media Studies

In this information age, art, literature, films, advertisements and technologies define our culture.

From Marshall McLuhan's theory of a global village to the advent of Facebook, the "new media" has overcome physical boundaries and radically altered the way we, as a global society, interact with one another. At Emmanuel, a concentration in communication and media studies can serve students in their future roles as citizens, cultural consumers and professionals in a society increasingly shaped by language and the media.

Major Requirements

View the 2016-2017 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for B.A. in English Communications + Media Studies

1. Introduction to the Field  (one course)

  • ENGL1502 Introduction to Communication, Media and Cultural Studies

2/3. Visual Literacy (two courses)

  • ART2213 Daguerreotypes to Digital Prints: The History of Photography Or
  • ART2232 History of Graphic Design

AND ONE of the following:

  • ART1203 Art of Resistance: Social Justice and the Visual Arts
    ART2201 Visual Constructions of Gendered Identity
  • ART2202 Art of Resistance: Social Justice and Visual Arts
  • ART2204 From Globalization to Transnationalism: Art in the Contact Zone
  • ART2215 Modem Art
  • ART2217 American Art to 1940
  • ART2221 Contemporary Art and Artistic Practice
  • ART2223 From Patronage to Practice: The Catholic Art Tradition

4/5. Textual Anaylsis and Advanced Literacy (two courses)

CHOOSE ONE 2000-level Literature Course:

  • ENGL2101 English Literature I
    ENGL2102 English Literature II
  • ENGL2103 Literary Mirrors: Introduction to World Literature
  • ENGL2106 Irish Identities: Literature and Culture
  • ENGL2303 The Modem American Novel
  • ENGL2304 American Voices I: U.S. Literature to 1865
  • ENGL2309 The Haves and the Have-Nots: American Authors on Money, Class and Power
  • ENGL2321 Love and Gender in British Literature and Film
  • ENGL2325 Spirituality and the Literary Imagination
  • ENGL2402 Shakespeare: Tragedies, Comedies, Histories and Romances
  • ENGL2406 The Rise of the British Novel
  • ENGL2408 The Modem British Novel: Empire and After
  • ENGL2413 African American Literature: A Tradition of Resistance
  • ENGL2417 Literature of the Black Atlantic
  • ENGL2604 American Voices II: U.S. Literature Since 1865
  • ENGL2701 Literature and Film

AND ONE of the following:

  • ENGL3303 Images of Masculinity
  • ENGL3305 Satire
  • ENGL3309 Literature of the Long 18th Century
  • ENGL3601 Crime Stories and American Culture
  • ENGL3605 Global Literature and Film 
  • ENGL3991/2 Special Topics I or II*
  • *consult with advisor for appropriate section

6/7. Media Studies (two courses)
CHOOSE TWO of the following:

  • ENGL2521 Public Relations and Persuasion
  • ENGL2523 Advertising and Culture
  • ENGL2701 Literature and Film
  • ENGL3301 The American West in Film and Literature
  • ENGL3303 Images of Masculinity
  • ENGL3601 Crime Stories and American Culture
  • ENGL3701 Media Theory
  • ENGL3703 Critical Theory and the Academy
  • ENGL3707 Film Theory
  • ENGL3708 Digital Culture
  • ENGL3991/2 Special Topics I or II*
  • POLSC2211 Campaign Strategies and Electoral Politics
  • *consult with advisor for appropriate section

8/9. Media Practice (two courses)
CHOOSE ONE of the following 2-course Focus Areas
JOURNALISM

  • ENGL2501 Journalism And
  • ENGL3501 Writing for Electronic Media Or
  • ENGL3801 Feature Writing

DESIGN

  • ART1407 Introduction to Digital Processes
  • ART2403 Design and Composition

MANAGEMENT

  • MGMT2211 Leadership: Person and Process
  • MGMT3211 Leadership at Work

PUBLIC SPEAKING

  • PERF1111 Public Speaking: Voice and Diction
  • PERF3111 Public Speaking: Interactive Speech

10. Theoretical Foundations (one course)

CHOOSE ONE of the following

  • ENGL3701 Media Theory
  • ENGL3703 Critical Theory and the Academy
  • ENGL3707 Film Theory
  • ENGL3991/2 Special Topics I or II*
  • *consult with advisor for appropriate section

11. Professional Experience (one course)

  • ENGL4994/ENGL4995 Internship I or II

12. Capstone Research Seminar (one course)

  • ENGL4998 Communication and Media Studies Senior Seminar

Minor Requirements

View the 2016-2017 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for Minor in Communication and Media Studies

  • ENGL1502 Introduction to Communication, Media and Cultural Studies

Students must take five additional courses from the communication menu, one from each of the following categories:

  • One of the two courses listed below the Visual Literacy Category
  • ART2213 Daguerreotypes to Digital Prints: The History of Photography OR ART2232 History of Graphic Design
  • One 2000-level course from the Textual Anaylsis Category
  • One course from the Media Studies Category
  • One course from the Theoretical Foundations Category
  • One elective from Visual Literacy, Textual Anaylsis and Advanced Literacy, Media Studies, Media Practice or Theoretical Foundations

The communication and media studies minor is available to non-English majors only.

Learning Goals + Outcomes

The English Department prepares students to contribute to scholarly and popular discourses through mastery of the following five goals:

  • Expertise in "close reading" of texts. Students will be able to analyze the form, content, and cultural meanings of works of literature and a wide array of other forms of communication and cultural expressions.
  • Ability to analyze texts in context. Students will be able to understand texts in relation to a variety of contexts, including historical moments, as well as literary, cultural, and theoretical traditions.
  • Ability to conduct in-depth research on complex subjects.
  • Ability to write clear, polished, and persuasive prose.
  • Ability to present ideas effectively through persuasive oral communication.