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English Communications

In today’s world, no development has had more impact on the way humans communicate than social media. The rise of the Internet has given society a platform from which to brag, boast and toast. The advent of blog sites has literally changed the way news is reported, disseminated and digested. Our bachelor's degree in English communications aims to equip students with the wide array of tools needed to successfully communicate in the digital age.

Gain Hands-On, Practical Experience

There are many different manners in which to communicate in the 21st century – video, words, podcast – and having knowledge in every field gives students the tools to succeed. Our coursework covers topics such as creative writing, film studies, journalism, advertising, public relations and new media. The program also emphasizes 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.

Our students gain insight to journalism, marketing and public relations. They get hands-on, practical work in film, television, media writing and multimedia storytelling. They learn how to use a camera, edit video and photographs and learn useful programs such as Photoshop and blogging software. Students complete an internship in their senior year and are also encouraged to join campus publications such as Mosaic, Salve’s independent student newspaper, and Willow, the student-produced literary journal.

Program Spotlight: House of Brigid

Kerry Hayes ’18 recently spent a year in Dublin, Ireland with the House of Brigid program. Through the program, recent graduates live in the community and dedicate themselves to service in the Catholic church, including liturgical music ministry, youth and adult catechesis, diocesan education and outreach programs.

Hayes credits the English communications program for much of her success.

I found my light and my passion in the Department of English and Communications. The diversity of the department and its courses allowed me to explore different fields through an internship at Lucy’s Hearth, expand my creativity through writing for Mosaic student news, and develop as a writer through coursework.


Our Faculty

Our full-time faculty members specialize in different areas of media and communications studies and are supported by occasional adjunct professors from the professional world. Our students enjoy close and personal relationships with our highly qualified and dedicated faculty.​


Meet Our Faculty

Life After Salve

Our students develop skills in media writing and reporting as well as editing and research, making them will equipped for a variety of roles in journalism, publishing, marketing and public relations. Coursework provides a strong foundation for careers in newspapers and magazines, public relations, new media, book publishing and related fields.

An English communications major also gives students the critical and analytical skills needed for graduate study and for a variety of rewarding careers in fields such as law, education, business, government, nonprofits and international aid organizations.

Major in English Communications (B.A.)


13 courses | 39 credits

Required courses:

  • ENG265: Media and Culture
  • ENG271: Introduction to Media Writing
  • ENG273: Multimedia Storytelling
  • ENG357: Editing and Publishing
  • ENG358: Global Media
  • ENG371: Feature Writing
  • ENG489: Critical Writing and Research
  • ENG490: Senior Seminar Capstone
  • ENG491: Internship

Students also choose four courses from a list of electives in communications and writing.

Minor in English Communications

6 courses | 18 credits

Required courses:

  • ENG265: Media and Culture
  • ENG271: Introduction to Media Writing
  • ENG273: Multimedia Storytelling

Students take three additional electives in communications or writing, chosen in consultation with their advisor.