English, Languages, and Mass Communication

The Department of English, Languages, and Mass Communication includes two distinct academic programs: English and Mass Communication. Please click on the link corresponding to your area of interest.


The English Program provides courses leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with majors in literature and teaching. In addition, the department offers a broad range of electives in language and literature designed to enhance the general education of all students, regardless of major.

The mission of the English department is to help students appreciate, understand, and interpret the human experience as it is expressed through the written and spoken word. To achieve this end, the curricula provide opportunities for the student (1) to gain mastery of language, especially the forms of Standard American English, (2) to develop skills and techniques of effective writing, (3) to cultivate an appreciation for literature from a variety of cultures and skills in interpreting it, (4) to develop and broaden problem-solving and analytical skills, and (5) to develop intellectual curiosity.

Through its curricula the department prepares its majors to enter the work force in a variety of occupations, including teaching, writing and editing, business and sales, public relations, and government service with local, state, and federal agencies. The major also prepares students for graduate or professional study in such fields as literature, linguistics, communications, law, library science, and business administration.

Degree Programs

In English, students may choose from two majors: literature or teaching. Students who are interested in graduate school, professional writing, and college teaching should choose the literature major. Students interested in secondary school teaching should choose the teaching major.

The literature major provides an excellent background for those majors who wish to enter law, medicine, business, or government service. With course preparation in the aforementioned areas, a student in the literature concentration can be assured of using the English language effectively, an invaluable asset in professional fields. For further details on these professional options, contact the English Department, 133 Lanier Hall, (601) 877-6400.


Students majoring in English Literature can choose a concentration in Professional Writing. This concentration includes twelve hours in writing courses as designated by the department chair/advisor. Students majoring in Mass Communication can choose a concentration in English. Students majoring in Elementary Education can choose a concentration in Language Arts by taking selected English courses.  

The English Department also offers an endorsement in English for the Master of Science Education Degree in Secondary Education (MS E.D.)

If you are interested in English as a major, please see the link below. It shows what types of jobs are available for an English degree.


Who is my Advisor?

Dr. Cynthia Scurria
Chair, Department of English, Languages, & Mass Communication
Lanier Hall 145

Mass Communication

The Mass Communication Program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication.
The mission of the Mass Communication degree is 1) to prepare students to become successful media practitioners; 2) to foster students’ critical thinking skills, especially regarding Mass Communication issues on local, regional, and national levels; 3) to prepare students for entrance into professional or graduate school; and 4) to teach students the skills necessary to operate across a wide variety of media platforms using state-of the-art technologies.

Graduates of the program serve in the media as reporters, editors, producers, anchors, designers and managers. Others excel in education, industry, government, the military, and law enforcement. Many also attend graduate programs in Mass Communication.

Through our courses, you will learn the theoretical aspects of the discipline, such as law and ethics, investigative reporting, current issues in journalism, and the representation of diverse peoples in media. You will also gain the skills needed in feature writing, editing, radio broadcast, television broadcast, layout and design, photography, and newspaper and magazine production. These skills are taught in courses and reinforced through participation in the following media: students learn print media by writing, editing, and publishing a bi-monthly student run online newspaper, The Campus Chronicle; students learn television broadcast media by participating in a regular television newscast as producers, assignment reporters, videographers, and anchors; students learn radio broadcast media by participating in a regular one hour radio show where vocal delivery skills can be developed and enhanced.

Students will obtain these real-word hands-on professional experiences via our professionally managed 3,000 watt FM broadcast radio station, WPRL 91.7 FM, and our University wide cable television center, ASU TV-13. These broadcast media are operated by professional staff personnel.


Who is my Advisor?

Dr. Cynthia Scurria
Chair, Department of English, Languages, & Mass Communication
Lanier Hall 145

Mr. Larry Sanders
Instructor, Mass Communication