English & Communications

About the Program

The English and Communications program at East-West University is varied, flexible and dynamic. It combines practical communications with the study of literature and culture. English and Communications majors can later work in the entertainment industry, the field of politics, social media, business, law, management, or any other field that requires clear communication skills, understanding other people, and critical thinking.

Students will learn to:

  • see the possibilities of various genres,
  • understand how cultures affect communication, to appreciate the differing values in visions of human existence, to see the world through the eyes of other people, other cultures, and other time periods
  • shape arguments to needs of different audiences
  • design and present documents in print and other media

Students learn to see the design of what they read and to design what they write thoughtfully.

Students who wish to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communications must take 15 classes in their major. The following classes are required:

EN217 Persuasion and Public Issues

EN226 Introduction to Literature

EN301 Advanced Composition

EN440 Persuasion and Debate

The remaining 11 courses can be chosen based on the student’s interest:

Classes recommended for students interested in communication, media and public relations:Classes recommended for students interested in law:Classes recommended for students interested in writing, literature, poetry:
Courses in this area prepare you to effectively use social media, to design and present documents both in print and electronically, to argue persuasively for a variety of audiences in a variety of styles.,You can later work in such areas as advertising, marketing, blogging, radio, film, event planning. We recommend that students choose from the following courses:,1.,EN371 Social Media in Today’s Workplace
2.,BS205 Business Communication,
3.,CI105 Web Page Design
4.,EN155 Introduction to Journalism
5.,EN175 Introduction to Digital Media
6.,EN205 Creative Writing
7.,EN217 Persuasion and Public Issues
8.,EN228 Desktop Publishing,9.,EN220 Introduction to Digital Film
10.,EN380 Negotiation
11.,EN370 Group Dynamics and Team building
12.,EN440 Persuasion and Debate
13.,MR201 Principles of Marketing
14.,CP300 and CP301 Cooperative Education I,15.,MR310 Advertising
16.,EN411 Communication Theory
17.,EN412 Media and Society
18.,MR420 Special Topics in Marketing
To prepare for law school and law practice, students must learn to interpret complex texts, increase their vocabulary, and create rational and persuasive arguments.,We recommend that students chose from the following courses:,1.,BS210 Business Law
2.,EN205 Creative Writing
3.,EN217 Persuasion and Public Issues
4.,EN214 Logic
6.,HM210 Introduction to Philosophy
7.,HM211 Ethics and Society
8.,PL310,Development of Political Thought
9.,EN440 Persuasion and Debate
11.,EN412 Media and Society
12.,EN433 Language and Society
13.,EN260 Applied Grammar
14.,EN301 Advanced Composition
15.,EN341 African-American Literature
16.,EN342 Latin American Fiction
1.,CP300 and CP301 Cooperative Education I
Literature courses allow you to look at the world through the eyes of other people, other cultures and other time periods; it gives you new perspectives.,You will leave the program with a firm grasp of historical and critical principles and with the ability to examine the values of the past and the present.,You can become a writer or prepare for graduate school in any profession.,If you wish to focus on literature, select from the following:,1.,EN205 Creative Writing
2.,EN226 Introduction to Literature
2.,EN249 Introduction to Film
3.,EN260 Applied Grammar
4.,EN301 Advanced Composition
5.,EN270 Mythologies of the World
6.,EN271 Science Fiction
7.,EN342 Latin American Fiction
8.,EN360 Narrative and Horror
9.,EN361 The Role of Romance in Literature
10.,EN362 Mystery and Suspense
11.,EN366 Comedy
12.,EN406 William Shakespeare
13.,CP300 and CP301 Cooperative Education



English and Communication majors may take up to 14 electives. This makes the education we offer varied and flexible, to match students’ diverse interests.

As in all other majors, English and Communications majors are required to take courses in General Education, including the freshman composition sequence and courses in mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, computer information science. (For a more detailed breakdown of General Education, please see the General Education section of the catalog).

Dr. Maria V. Polski Associate Professor & Acting Director

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