English Communications

In today’s world, no development has had more impact on the way humans communicate than social media. The rise of the Internet has given society a platform from which to brag, boast and toast. The advent of blog sites has literally changed the way news is reported, disseminated and digested. Our English communications program aims to equip students with the wide array of tools needed to successfully communicate in the digital age.

Our Program

There are many different manners in which to communicate in the 21st century – video, words, podcast – and having knowledge in every field gives students the tools to succeed. Our coursework covers topics such as creative writing, film studies, journalism, advertising, public relations and new media. The program also emphasizes all aspects of writing: feature, news, press releases and blurbs, as well as editing and publishing, because words are still the basic building block for communication.

Our students gain insight to journalism, marketing and public relations. They get hands-on, practical work in film, television, media writing and multimedia storytelling. They learn how to use a camera, edit video and photographs and learn useful programs such as Photoshop and blogging software. Students complete an internship in their senior year and are also encouraged to join campus publications such as Mosaic, Salve’s independent student newspaper, and Willow, the student-produced literary journal.

Program Spotlight: Published Author

English communications major Rebecca Sock recently had her first story, “Acknowledging the Holocaust on International Holocaust Remembrance Day,” published in Rhode Island Monthly magazine.

I’ve always had a love for reading and literature, so I’m naturally drawn to something pertaining to reading and writing. I researched the English department and from there migrated towards communications. When I was a senior in high school, I spent a day paired up with a Salve student who was two years older than me and I shadowed her for a day. She was a communications student and I sat in some of her classes and liked them. The story for Rhode Island Monthly started as an assignment for a feature writing class. I’ve always had an interest in the Holocaust, so it’s a topic that I’m passionate about. It was a great thrill and I’m very honored for the opportunity.

Our Faculty

Our full-time faculty members specialize in different areas of media and communications studies and are supported by occasional adjunct professors from the professional world. Our students enjoy close and personal relationships with our highly qualified and dedicated faculty.​


Meet Our Faculty

Life After Salve

Our students develop skills in media writing and reporting as well as editing and research, making them will equipped for a variety of roles in journalism, publishing, marketing and public relations. Coursework provides a strong foundation for careers in newspapers and magazines, public relations, new media, book publishing and related fields.

An English communications major also gives students the critical and analytical skills needed for graduate study and for a variety of rewarding careers in fields such as law, education, business, government, nonprofits and international aid organizations.

Major in English Communications (B.A.)


13 courses | 39 credits

Required courses:

  • ENG265: Media and Culture
  • ENG271: Introduction to Media Writing
  • ENG273: Multimedia Storytelling
  • ENG357: Editing and Publishing
  • ENG358: Global Media
  • ENG371: Feature Writing
  • ENG489: Critical Writing and Research
  • ENG490: Senior Seminar
  • ENG491: Internship

Students also choose four electives from the following list of courses:

  • ENG241: Film and Literature
  • ENG245: Book Publishing in the United States
  • ENG250: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENG254: Writing for Professionals
  • ENG256: Writing for Public Relations
  • ENG261: Exploring American Diversity Through Film
  • ENG267: Introduction to Television Studies
  • ENG320: The Art of Nonfiction
  • ENG355: Case Studies in Public Relations
  • ENG356: World Cinema
  • ENG360: Social Media Strategies
  • ENG367: Reality Television
  • ENG368: Media and Gender
  • ENG373: Advanced Multimedia Reporting
  • ENG374: Advertising and Consumer Culture
  • ENG399: Special Topics in Communications
  • ENG452: Issues in New Media
  • ENG 480: Public Relations Campaigns
  • ENG 496: Film Theory

Minor in English Communications

6 courses | 18 credits

Required courses:

  • ENG265: Media and Culture
  • ENG271: Introduction to Media Writing
  • ENG273: Multimedia Storytelling

Students take three additional electives in writing or communications, chosen in consultation with their advisor.