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English, Communications and Media

Academic Department

Through theoretical study and hands-on learning, students in the Department of English, Communications and Media refine and develop an understanding of literature, creative writing, media and communications. By pursuing one of the most versatile degrees students can choose today, they leave Salve Regina equipped with the wide array of tools needed to successfully communicate in the digital age.

Our programs foster the creative, critical and analytical skills needed for graduate study and for a variety of rewarding careers in fields such as law, publishing, media, education, business, marketing, social media and government. Students may also choose to double major in English literature and secondary education, which prepares them to apply for Rhode Island teacher certification in grades 7-12.


Creative Writing (B.A., Minor)

Our bachelor's degree in creative writing offers students the opportunity to combine their own creative work in poetry, fiction and literary nonfiction with an understanding of the world of print and digital publishing that brings such works to the public.

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Creative Writing (MFA)

Our vibrant, low-residency MFA in creative writing immerses students in the creative life through craft talks, publishing and editing panels and mentorships. The result is a full-length manuscript at the end of the program. The low-residency format teaches students to integrate writing into their day and sets them on the path to becoming lifelong writers.

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English Communications (B.A., Minor)

Our bachelor's degree in English communications covers topics such as creative writing, film studies, journalism, advertising, public relations and new media. We also emphasize all aspects of writing: feature, news, press releases and blurbs, as well as editing and publishing, because words are still the basic building block for communication.

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English Literature (B.A., Minor)

Our bachelor's degree in English literature explores mythology, contemporary British and American literature, world literature and more. A senior thesis is required and study abroad and internship experiences are encouraged.

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English Literature and Secondary Education (B.A.S.)

Our bachelor's degree in English literature and secondary education prepares students to apply for Rhode Island teacher certification for grades 7-12. Students learn the principles of literary theory and criticism, improve their written and oral skills, and explore the major genres and periods of American, British and world literature.

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Film (Minor)

Film is one of the most important art and entertainment forms of the 21st century. Our minor in film seeks to understand how and why "moving pictures" are made and encourages students to become powerful analysts and critics of films and their contexts, as well as producers of film content.

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