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English, Communications and Media

Academic Department

Through hands-on learning and theoretical study, the Department of English, Communications and Media explores the full range of literary genres and equips students 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 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 for grades 7-12.

Programs

Creative Writing (Minor)

Creative writers are daydreamers and romantics, but they are also, as the poet Shelley said, "the unacknowledged legislators of the world." Our minor in creative writing allows students to learn the craft of writing and close reading while acquiring skills that apply to all corners of academia and the market beyond.

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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. Study abroad and internship experiences are encouraged, and students may also choose to double major in English literature and secondary education, which prepares them to apply for Rhode Island teacher certification for grades 7-12.

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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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