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Credit Major
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Credit Minor

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  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACT or SAT test is optional for prospective students applying for Fall 2020 to join the St. Mary’s University freshmen class of 2024.

Explore English – Communication Arts at St. Mary’s

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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.

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  • Degree Plans


    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


    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. Some courses include:

    • 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:

  • English – Communication Arts Internships


    A challenging and rewarding internship is an important part of this program. Students have interned in settings such as:

    • The White House
    • Bromley Communications
    • San Antonio Express-News
    • Dallas Cowboys
    • San Antonio Spurs
    • WOAI-TV
    • Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
    • San Antonio Youth Organization

  • Careers in English – 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


Online Learning

The English Literature and Language department has found that technology opens up the way we read and think about literature, writing and language. We worked hard in Spring 2020 to make our online experience work for our students and our subject matter. You will see some examples below of what this may look like for faculty and for students. The faculty are excited to continue to experiment with hybrid courses, in-person use of technology, and online courses. Our faculty are certified in online teaching pedagogy.

Choose a mini-lecture topic:




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Learn more about English – Communication Arts

Interested in pursuing a degree in English – Communication Arts? We’re eager to hear from you and answer any questions you have. Feel free to reach out to speak to one of our dedicated faculty.

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