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Department of English & Communication

The Department of English & Communication challenges its students to complete a core of courses that explore the varied ways people speak, write and read.

Degree Programs:

Bachelor of Arts in English with undergraduate majors in:

  • literature
  • literature and writing
  • 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. 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.

For more information, please contact:
Liberty Stanavage, Department Chair
stanavls@potsdam.edu
Offices: Morey Hall 118 and 240
Phone number:s (315) 267-2043/2786
Fax number: (315) 267-3256

Kalis Nunes '20

Kalis Nunes ’20 has been on a trajectory of success ever since he first set foot on campus his freshman year. After entering SUNY Potsdam through the Bridges Program, he continued to grow both academically and as a leader on campus. He went on to take a persuasive speaking with Professor David Fregoe where he developed the skills and confidence to speak in front of large groups—paving the way for his new role as President of the Student Government Association.

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Dr. Trevor Blank

Dr. Trevor Blank, who started teaching at SUNY Potsdam in the fall of 2012, has either authored or edited nine books. His most recent book, “Slender Man is Coming,” was published in September 2018 and is centered around the fictional horror character Slender Man and looks at Creepypasta in digital culture.

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Kadiatou Balde '19

"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."

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