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Department of English & Communication
"My first communication class literally changed my perceptions about this world, and so being a part of this department is one of my best decisions thus far," said Balde, a Presidential Scholar majoring in communications and biology... learn more.
"One of the unique things about taking a communication class at SUNY Potsdam is that you’re getting a communication class, but with a folklorist’s eye attached to it. The beauty of it is that it’s totally applicable to students’ lives, because everybody is a purveyor of folklore. We all have our own traditions and beliefs." (Read more)
Our department challenges its students to complete a core of courses that explore the varied ways people speak, write and read.
Bachelor of Arts in English with undergraduate majors in:
- literature and writing
- professional writing
- creative writing
Literature majors learn to read a variety of texts from multiple perspectives in order to better understand their own literary preferences and the literature of their own and other cultures.
Writing majors have two options: 1. creative writing or 2. professional writing - both of which focus on the personal and cultural significance of language and literature.
The department's combined literature and writing major is designed for those interested in teaching English in secondary schools.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing:
The B.F.A. in Creative Writing is a pre-professional degree that offers students intensive training in the writing of fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction, and screenplays. In addition to courses in creative writing, students are required to write a senior thesis, to take courses in literature, to complete a writing-related internship, and to present their work in a solo reading during their final year.
Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication:
Communication majors concentrate on the purposes, functions and varieties of human communication, including a wide range of theories and practices of communication from interpersonal to mass media.
They study the processes we use to deal with our environment, how we change and accommodate ourselves to it and how we impose our thoughts on the world around us.
Master of Arts in English and Communication:
The master's program provides opportunities for students to continue their studies of writing, rhetoric, literature, and communication.