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

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Requirements for B.A. Communication & Media Studies

1-3. Foundations of the Field  (three course)

  • ENGL1502 Introduction to Communication, Media and Cultural Studies (SA)
  • ENGL2510 Professional Communication 
  • ENGL2515 Research Methods for Communication & Media 

4. Textual Literacy (one courses)

  • ENGL2106 Irish Identities: Literature and Culture (AI-L) 
  • ENGL2303 The Modem American Novel (AI-L) 
  • ENGL2309 The Haves and the Have-Nots: American Authors on Money, Class and Power (AI-L)
  • ENGL2323 Short Fiction (AI-L)
  • ENGL2325 Spirituality and the Literary Imagination (AI-L) 
  • ENGL2402 Shakespeare: Tragedies, Comedies, Histories and Romances (AI-L) 
  • ENGL2406 The Rise of the British Novel (AI-L) 
  • ENGL2408 The Modern British Novel: Empire and After (AI-L) 
  • ENGL2410 African American Literary Giants 
  • ENGL2413 African American Literature: A Tradition of Resistance (AI-L) 
  • ENGL2417 Literature of the Black Atlantic (AI-L) 
  • ENGL2604 American Voices II: U.S. Literature Since 1865 (AI-L) 
  • ENGL2703 Literature at the Border

5-7. Communication and Media Studies (two courses, at leat one must be 3000-level)

  • ART2213 Daguerreotypes to Digial Prints: The History of Photography (AI-A)
  • ENGL2321 Love and Gender in British Literature and Film (AI-L)
  • ENGL2521 Public Relations and Persuasion
  • ENGL2523 Advertising and Culture
  • ENGL2701 Literature and Film (AI-L) 
  • ENGL3303 Images of Masculinity
  • ENGL3601 Crime Stories and American Culture
  • ENGL3605 Global Literature and Film
  • POLSC2207 Politics and the Media
  • ENGL3701 Media Theory 
  • ENGL3703 Critical Theory and the Academy 
  • ENGL3707 Film Theory  

8-11. Media Practice (three courses: at least one must be ENGL) AND ENGL4994/4995

  • ART1407 Visual Language for Design and Communication (AI-A)
  • ART2413 Photography I (AI-A)
  • ART2432 Poster Information and Design 
  • ART2443 Digital Photography I
  • ART3402 Interactive Design 
  • ART3431 Motion Graphics and Digital Animation 
  • ART3432 Package and Publication Design 
  • ENGL2501 Journalism
  • ENGL2504 Prose Writing
  • ENGL2507 Fiction Writing
  • ENGL2525 Sport Communication 
  • ENGL3311 Ethics in Documentary Film
  • ENGL3405 Editing and Publishing a Literary Magazine
  • ENGL3501 Writing for Electronic Media 
  • ENGL3504 Advanced Prose Writing
  • ENGL3708 Digital Culture
  • ENGL3801 Feature Writing
  • ENGL3806 Health Communication
  • POLSC2211 Campaign Strategies and Electoral Politics
  • SPCH1111 Public Speaking: Voice and Diction
  • AND
  • ENGL4994/ENGL4995 Internship I or II

12. Capstone Research Seminar (one course)

  • ENGL4998 Communication and Media Studies Senior Seminar

Minor Requirements

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Requirements for Minor in Communication & Media Studies

  • ENGL1502 Introduction to Communication, Media and Cultural Studies
  • ENGL2510 Professional Communication OR ENGL2515 Research Methods for Communication & Media 

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

  • One course from the Communication and Media Studies Category
  • One course from the Media Practice
  • One 3000-level elective from any category

The communication and media studies minor is available to all students, including those majoring in English and Writing, Editing & Publishing

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.

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