Developing strong communication skills is at the core of the English and Communication department. Students are provided consistent opportunities to hone their academic and professional writing and group communication skills both in and out of the classroom. Access to internship and work opportunities connects academic coursework with real-life experience to best prepare students after graduation for fields such as broadcast and print journalism, creative disciplines, and further studies in graduate school.
School of Arts and Sciences
Department of English and Communication
The Department of English and Communication offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Writing and Communication. Students will develop as critical thinkers and gain skills in both written and oral communication through encouragement to explore ideas thoroughly and critically from all vantage points and a wide-ranging liberal arts education.
The Writing and Communication major provides a broad and comprehensive understanding of effective communication skills to prepare students for success in a wide range of career options. The major emphasizes a necessary combination of critical and creative problem solving with applications out of the classroom through internships and hands-on experiential learning. Students will develop an appreciation of diverse cultural perspectives and a greater understanding of local and global issues to provide a base of self-knowledge, cultural understanding, and social responsibility. Graduates who finish the program are prepared for work or graduate studies in journalism, law, creative communication, and many others.
The Department of English and Communication now offers a Certificate in Digital Media and Professional Communication. This 12-credit-hour certificate is designed to provide additional communication skills in emerging and existing media for individuals in a variety of majors or careers. The certificate is available to current ABAC students and graduates with an associate’s degree or higher who wish to enhance their marketability and flexibility by upgrading their writing, photography, video and related skills.