• A Family Matter

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    English communications major Quisan Taylor-Lawhon '14 graduated alongside her mother, Danchell Taylor '14, who received her Masters in Business Administration.

English and Communications

The Department of English and Communications provides an understanding of literary traditions and communications studies. We help our students become effective communicators through the development of critical and creative thinking and writing skills.

Taught by a highly qualified and dedicated faculty, our courses cover such topics as American, British and world literatures; creative writing; film studies; journalism; advertising; public relations; and new media.

Outside of class, students are encouraged to join the University's vibrant communications organizations. Involvement in the student-run newspaper, Mosaic, or the student-produced literary magazine, Willow, empowers undergraduates to showcase their skills and creativity, while providing them with valuable experience in the fields of writing, editing and publishing.

An English degree is excellent preparation for postgraduate work - including the study of law - as well as a variety of careers in fields like business, education, publishing, journalism and public relations.

Alumni Spotlight

Patti Arvesen '02

Director of marketing and communication, Marist High School

Ask Patti Arvesen about what her job at Chicago's Marist High School is like, and her answer comes quickly. "My job is to share the good news about what we're doing as a school and what students are doing in the community with parents, alumni and the local community," says Arvesen, who is the school's director of marketing and communication.

In other words, Arvesen is a master storyteller who's always looking for great stories involving this Catholic high school on Chicago's southwest side.

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Alumni Spotlight

Sean Reid '02

Language arts teacher, Auburn Middle School

Sean Reid '02 charged out of graduation with an English communication degree in hand, fully ready to tackle the journalism world. While he had no trouble finding publications interested in his skills, something that started as a playful joke eventually changed Reid's career forever.

Reid wasn't supposed to end up in the classroom. "I remember thinking I never wanted to be a teacher," he said.

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