Department Chair: D. Matthew Ramsey, Ph.D.
Through the study of literature and communications, students in the Department of English and Communications refine and develop an understanding of human nature and of the enduring values that have shaped western civilization and our global, multicultural society. They also pursue one of the most versatile degrees students can choose today.
An English degree fosters 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. Many of our majors also pursue careers in nonprofit groups and international-aid organizations.
Students may choose a major in Literature, Communications, or English Literature/ Secondary Education. Minors in Literature, Communications, Creative Writing, and Film are also available.
The Literature major offers students the opportunity to grasp the principles of literary theory and criticism; to improve written and oral skills; and to investigate the major genres and periods of American, British, and World literature. Majors are able to apply the results of this progressive experience in upper-division courses that demand analytical skills and refined research techniques. Students interested in teaching English at the high school level pursue the same course of study as Literature students but major in Secondary Education as well.
The Communications major offers students a selection of courses designed to develop skills in media writing and reporting as well as in editing and research. The program provides a strong foundation for students who plan careers in newspapers and magazines, public relations, social media, book publishing, and related fields. To develop the skills needed to succeed in the fast-paced media world, including skills in social media and multimedia storytelling, the program provides both real-world experiential learning and a more theoretical study of the media industries and media literacy.
To graduate with a major in English, students must take a total of 13 courses with at least 7 courses (21 credits) taken while enrolled in English at Salve Regina University, and achieve an average GPA in these courses of 2.3 (C+).
Program and Course Listings
The University confers undergraduate degrees in the following disciplines:Minor
The University offers a number of single discipline and interdisciplinary minors which students may complete to enhance their education.