English and Communication

Bachelor of Arts in English and Communication

The English and Communication program is designed to provide an understanding of the complex and changing nature of human interaction. Exploring literary works provides insights on social, philosophic, and moral aspects of human interaction; engaging in communication through writing, speaking, and technological media presents resources for building meaningful and productive human relationships. This combination of intellectual inquiry and communication practice, therefore, provides students with fundamental ideas and skills for developing effective human interaction in the workplace and in all aspects of life.

Program Outcomes
Graduates from the English and Communication program will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in written, oral, and non-verbal modalities;
  • Utilize appropriate communication skills in a variety of contexts;
  • Interpret various literary genres and works in their cultural contexts;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of rhetorical, journalistic, and mass media communication techniques;
  • Demonstrate adaptability in technological communication;
  • Conduct effective independent research; and
  • Integrate significant literary ideas and themes into the development of a personal worldview.

Program Requirements

  • Total Minimum Credits Required: 120 credits
  • General Education Requirements: 49 credits
  • Common Core Requirements: 12 credits
  • Literature or Communications Track: 24-25 credits
  • Electives: 34-35 credits

Students majoring in English and Communication will successfully complete the Common Core and one of the three selected tracks.

Common Core (12 credits):

Choose two literature survey courses (6 credits):
ENG 201 American Literature to 1865 (3 credits)
ENG 202 American Literature Since 1865 (3 credits)
ENG 345 British Literature I (3 credits)
ENG 346 British Literature II (3 credits)
ENG 212 African-American Literature (3 credits)
ENG 217 International Voices (3 credits)

Plus these two courses (6 credits):
ENG 223 Intermediate Composition (3 credits)
ENG 321 Introductory Linguistics (3 credits)

Literature Track (25 credits):

18 credits (6 courses) in literature courses numbered 300 or higher. ENG 318 Creative Writing (3 credits) may be substituted for 3 credits (one course).

ENG 380 Literary Research (3 credits)
ENG 498 Senior Thesis I (2 credits)
ENG 499 Senior Thesis II (2 credits)

Communications Track (24 credits):

JRN 211 News Reporting Lab (3 credits)
SPE 301 Oral Interpretation (3 credits) OR
SPE 315 Business and Professional Speaking (3 credits)
ENG/JRN 480 Communications Portfolio (3 credits)

Choose five courses (15 credits) from the following pool of courses:
ART 225 Photography I (3 credits)
CGD/JRN 217 Survey of Graphic Communications (3 credits)
CGD/JRN 240 Media Writing & Editing (3 credits)
CGD/JRN 253 Web Publishing (3 credits)
CGD/JRN 303 Publication Design (3 credits)
CGD/JRN 318 Public Relations Practices & Professional Writing (3 credits)
CGD/JRN 340 Print Production (3 credits)
COM 352 Environmental Communication (3 credits)
COM 357 Political Communication (3 credits)
JRN 210 Introduction to Reporting (3 credits)
JRN 211 News Reporting Lab (3 credits)
ENG 315 Business & Professional Writing (3 credits)
ENG/JRN 328 Scientific and Technical Writing (3 credits)
JRN 310 Editorial and Feature Writing (3 credits)
ENG 318 Creative Writing (3 credits)
ENG/JRN 490 Communications Internship (3 credits)
INF 240 Visual and Virtual Presentations (3 credits)
ENG/JRN 480 Communications Portfolio (3 credits)

English/Language Arts Track/Endorsement grades 5-12 (19 credits):

This endorsement is for students intending to teach in middle or high school. In addition to meeting the requirements enumerated below, students in this endorsement must also satisfy requirements for admission to the College of Education's Practitioner Preparation Program and successfully complete all other requirements for licensure. The courses used to satisfy endorsements are subject to changes from the Department of Education in the state of Iowa.

EDU 203 Child and Adolescent Literature (3 credits)
ENG 380 Literary Research (3 credits)
SPE 301 Oral Interpretation (3 credits)
ENG 330 Teaching Literary Genres & Techniques (1 credit)

Also take three courses (9 credits) in Literature, 300-level or higher

Additional Education Requirements (47 credits):

EDU 200 Introduction to Education & Field Experience (1 credit)
EDU 215 Educational Psychology (3 credits)
EDU 250 Foundations of American Education (2 credits)
EDU 270 Principles of Education & Field Experience II (2 credits)
EDU 310 Integrating Technology in the Classroom (2 credits)
EDU 330 General Methods of Secondary Education (3 credits)
EDU 331 Practicum: Secondary Education (1 credit)
EDU 342 English/Language Arts Specific Methods (3 credits)
EDU 343 Practicum: Secondary English/Language Arts (1 credit)
ENG 370 Human Relations Skills for Educators (1 credit)
ENG 477 Student Teaching English in the Secondary School (7 credits)
ENG 478 Student Teaching English in the Secondary School (8 credits)
EDU 458 Student Teaching Seminar (1 credit)
ERE 312 Reading in Secondary Education Content Areas (3 credits)
PSY 104 Child & Adolescent Development (3 credits)
PSY/ESE 315 Survey of Exceptional Students (3 credits)
ESE 325 Behavior Management in the Classroom (3 credits)

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