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Communication Arts at St. Mary’s

Michelle Michimani Leyva (B.A. ’18)

What is Communication Arts?

The English – Communication Arts major at St. Mary’s University is a unique interdisciplinary degree plan.

The program offers students the opportunity to hone their critical thinking and writing abilities, integrating these with media-production skills, in preparation for rewarding careers and enriched lives in a rapidly changing world.

Because the degree is rooted in the humanities, students explore various areas in literature and theory to develop their metaphorical thinking and creative abilities.

Communication skills – particularly writing – are the most valued skills employers are looking for in college graduates, according to recent research conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the National Commission on Writing.

Degree Plan

Students can pursue the following program options:

A minor helps students hone communication skills. Students integrate critical thinking and writing skills with media-production skills.

Students wishing to earn not only a bachelor’s degree, but also a related master’s degree, may also be interested in a combined degree program. Students can choose from a variety of master’s degrees, including not only English Literature and Language but several others:

Courses in English – Communication Arts

  • Persuasive Writing
  • Argumentation and Debate
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism
  • Language of Peace
  • Principles of Marketing

See the catalog for a full list of courses, including detailed descriptions:

The English – Communication Arts degree examines how the power of language and image is used to promote the common good as students wrestle with how their own communication practices enhance not only their personal and professional pursuits, but also their engagement in the civic realm.


A challenging and rewarding internship is an important part of this program.

Students have interned in settings such as the White House, Bromley Communications, the San Antonio Express-News, the Dallas Cowboys, the San Antonio Spurs, WOAI-TV, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and the San Antonio Youth Organization, as well as many others.

Careers in Communication Arts

English – Communication Arts majors graduate with skills in areas such as journalism, public relations, technical writing, publication writing and corporate communications.

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Freelance writing/editing
  • Technical Writing
  • Broadcast media
  • Trade, professional or consumer publications
  • Advertising
  • Public relations
  • Marketing
  • Teaching (with certification)
  • Human resources
  • Retail management

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