School of Humanities and Social Sciences
HSS is the cornerstone of St. Mary's liberal arts and Marianist education. With more than 20 disciplines to choose from, this is the largest school on campus.
About the program
Designed to meet the growing need for communication professionals skilled in a variety of writing styles, the English-Communication Arts major at St. Mary’s University is a unique interdisciplinary degree plan which has been the choice for many successful alumni.
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.
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. Recent research by the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the National Commission on Writing indicates that communication skills, particularly written, are the most valued qualities or skills employers are looking for in college graduates. Aware of this demand, English-Communication Arts majors graduate having trained in several writing styles in areas such as journalism, public relations, technical writing, publication writing and corporate communications. In their junior or senior years, students have the opportunity to apply their growing knowledge base in a professionally based internship.
An English-Communication Arts minor offers students pursuing various majors the opportunity to hone their communication skills to prepare for graduate studies or to enter the work force. 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.
Students can pursue one of the following program options:
- Bachelor of Arts in English-Communication Arts
- Combined Bachelor of Arts in English-Communication Arts and Master of Arts in Communication Studies
- Combined Bachelor of Arts in English-Communication Arts and Master of Arts in English Literature and Language
- Minor in English-Communication Arts
Courses and degree plan
A challenging and rewarding internship experience is an important part of the English-Communication Arts major at St. Mary’s. Our 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.
- Freelance writing/editing
- Technical Writing
- Broadcast media
- Trade, professional or consumer publications
- Public relations
- Teaching (with certification)
- Human resources
- Retail management