English Literature and Communications Major

English Library Resources
Communications Library Resources 


What do I study?


The English Literature and Communications major combines literary analysis with an emphasis on professional speaking and writing. It offers students the opportunity to  hone the much-needed skills of analysis, clear thinking and writing while also providing them the chance to study the human condition through the words and wisdom of famous authors from varied cultures and backgrounds.


When students choose to pursue the english lit and communications major at Chestnut Hill College, they will be providing themselves with a rich cultural background, in addition to developing the analytical and communication skills so important in today's job market. Majors will graduate with real-world experience attained outside of the classroom through internships and clubs/activities and in-class experience that helps the students to grow and develop professionally within the field. Students graduate with the research and writing skills needed to succeed in the real-world and do so while becoming a whole person, alert and atune to what is going on around them, as is emphasized in the College's mission and commitment to a holistic, liberal arts education.


What activities are available to me?


There are several on-campus clubs and organizations that are especially of interest to English literature majors. These include:

  • The Grackle, A Literary Magazine - The Grackle is the on-campus magazine which features student work in a variety of fields. Students are encouraged to submit original works of poety, short stories, photographs, comic strips or other artistic pieces. The magazine comes out once a year with the planning and submission stages occuring in the fall and the production and distribution happening in the spring. All students are welcome to assist with any or all of the stages.
  • The Griffin, Student Newspaper - The Griffin is the student-run newspaper which is distributed both on and off campus once a month. Students are invited to become writers, featured writers and editors for the paper, which is currently run in print and online. For more information and to read past issues, please visit the Griffin's website.
  • The Aurelian, The Yearbook - Each year, a team of students works together to write stories, take and format photographs and layout the campus yearbook. Because there is a lot to do in a little time, all students who have any interest in writing, layout or photography are interested to join and assist with production.


Additionally, students who qualify with a major GPA of 3.0, who rank in the top 35 percent of their graduating class and who have completed three semesters of coursework and two courses in English above ENGU 101, may be asked to join Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. Students who qualify with a 3.25 major GPA and who have completed at least 60 semester credits, 12 of which must be in communications, may also be invited to join Lambda Pi Eta, the National Honor Society of Communication Studies.


Departmental Honors are offered within this major. Outstanding students with a high scholastic standing may be invited in their sophomore year to stand for honors in their junior and senior years. The program provides the opportunity for independent study and research, culminating in an honors thesis submitted in the spring of senior year. All students who successfully complete this program will be recognized with honors as well as have the title of their thesis printed on their academic transcipts. For more information, contact department chair Barbara Lonnquist at lonnquistb@chc.edu or consult the course catalog (page 143).



What are the degree requirements?


English Literature and Communications majors are required to complete a minimum of 15 courses (51 credits) to qualify for a B.A. degree. Requirements include:


COMM-110: Intro to Communications
ENGL-488: Research Writing
ENGL- 498: Senior Seminar in English Literature
ENGL-201: Shakespeare's Heroes and Heroines OR ENGL-202: Shakespeare in Love and War
Two American Literature Electives
Two British Literature Electives
Five Communications Electives
Two additional American, British, Communications or General English Electives


For more information on the specific course requirements as well as a sample academic plan and information regarding english and communications as a content area of specialization for education majors, please see the 2014-15 SUS Course Catalog (pages 149-153).


What internships are available?


Centrally located to the country's fourth largest media market, opportunities for English majors are boundless. Through connections from faculty, internships are available in a wide range of areas and at some very noted companies. These places include:

  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • Magnet Magazine
  • Chesapeake Life Magazine
  • Global Education Motivators
  • Chestnut Hill Local Newspaper
  • Telemundo (Spanish Language Television)


What can I do after graduation?


The versatility of this degree does challenge the graduate to work harder to demonstrate the skills she or he has to contribute to a business. Over 10% of positions in the publishing world are held by English majors with a Bachelor's degree. These positions include writing, editing, promotional work and others. Additionally, teaching remains a significant marketing skill as it opens the door for higher administrative positions later in one's career. Finally, the business world is always looking to English majors to provide much needed communication skills.


Some broad areas of employment:

  • print or electronic journalism
  • publishing
  • creative writing
  • advertising and public relations
  • business and law
  • education
  • editing


If you are interested in becoming an English Literature and Communications major at Chestnut Hill College, please contact Barbara Lonnquist, Chairperson of the English and Communications Dept (LonnquistB@chc.edu).


To apply to Chestnut Hill College, please visit Admissions.
















Major in English Literature and Communications – 45 credits
Required in the Major:  

Choice of:

  • COMM-110: Introduction to Communications (WOK: Behavioral)
  • COMM-141: Introduction to Journalism

Five courses (15 credits) chosen from the following, which may not be offered every semester:

  • COMM-102: Newspaper Workshop (1 credit course may be taken up to three times)
  • COMM-112: Television Workshop (1 credit course may be taken up to three times)
  • COMM-201: Introduction to Film Analysis
  • COMM-203: Visual Literacy
  • COMM-210: Interpersonal Communication (WOK: Behavioral)
  • COMM-221: Video Design and Production I
  • COMM-230: Audio Production
  • COMM-251: Mass Media and Society (WOK: Behavioral)
  • COMM-252: Writing for Electronic Media (Writing Intensive)
  • COMM-253: Advanced Public Speaking Applications
  • COMM-255: Public Relations (WOK: Behavioral)
  • COMM-258: Scriptwriting (Writing Intensive)
  • COMM-260: Public Relations Writing (Writing Intensive)
  • COMM-265: Writing and Editing for Magazines (Writing Intensive)
  • COMM-275: Persuasive Methods
  • COMM-281: Special Topics in Communications/Topics vary by semester (Repeatable for credit.)
  • COMM-310: Theories and Research Methods
  • COMM-325: Video Design and Production II
  • COMM-401: Internship in Communications
  • COMM-481: Advanced Special Topics in Communications/Topics vary by semester (Repeatable for credit.)
  • COMM-498: Senior Seminar in Communications

Two courses (6 credits) in American Literature at the 200-level or above chosen from the following, which may not be offered every semester:

  • ENGL-205: American Poetry (WOK: Literary)
  • ENGL-245: The American Theater (WOK: Literary)
  • ENGL-251: African-American Writers (WOK: Literary)
  • ENGL-264: Early American Literature, contact-1820 (WOK: Literary)
  • ENGL-265: American Romanticism, 1820-1865 (WOK: Literary)
  • ENGL-266: Modern American Literature, 1865-1945 (WOK: Literary)
  • ENGL-267: Contemporary American Literature, 1940-present (WOK: Literary)
  • ENGL-280: American Literature of the 1920s: The Lost Generation (WOK: Literary and Writing Intensive)
  • ENGL-301: American Novel (WOK: Literary and Writing Intensive)
  • ENGL-340: American Literature Seminar

Two courses (6 credits) in British Literature at the 200-level or above chosen from the following, which may not be offered every semester:

  • ENGL-206: Twentieth-Century and Contemporary British Poetry (WOK: Literary)
  • ENGL-225: Eighteenth-Century British Literature (WOK: Literary
  • ENGL-233: British Romanticism (WOK: Literary)
  • ENGL-238: Victorian Literature (WOK: Literary)
  • ENGL-248: Irish Literature I: The Celtic Era to the Gaelic Movement (WOK: Literary)
  • ENGL-249: Irish Literature II: 20th Century Irish Renaissance to the Present (WOK: Literary)
  • ENGL-300: James Joyce and Ulysses (WOK: Literary)
  • ENGL-308: British Novel (WOK: Literary and Writing Intensive)
  • ENGL-338: Age of Chaucer (WOK: Literary)
  • ENGL-342: British Literature Seminar

Choice of:

  • ENGL-201: Shakespeare's Heroes and Heroines (WOK: Literary)
  • ENGL-202: Shakespeare in Love and War (WOK: Literary)

ENGL-488: Research Writing

ENGL-498: Senior Seminar in English Literature

Two courses (6 credits) chosen from the following, which may not be offered every semester

  • ENGL-104: Introduction to Literature (WOK: Literary)
  • ENGL-110: Literature into Film (WOK: Literary)
  • ENGL-175: The Short Story (WOK: Literary)
  • ENGL-190: Modern Japanese Literature
  • ENGL-227: Drama: Classical to Modern (WOK: Literary)
  • ENGL-228: Modern Drama (WOK: Literary)
  • ENGL-240: The Comic Spirit
  • ENGL-241: Gender and Literature (WOK: Literary and Writing Intensive)
  • ENGL-250: Creative Writing
  • ENGL-260: Ethnic Voices (WOK: Literary)
  • ENGL-271: Gothic Tradition in Literature (WOK: Literary)
  • ENGL-281: Special Topics in English/Topics vary by semester (Repeatable for credit)
  • ENGL-401: Internship in English Literature
  • ENGL-410: A Sense of Place (Intersession course)
  • ENGL-481: Advanced Special Topics in English/Topics vary by semester (Repeatable for credit.)

Sample Bachelor of Arts: English Literature Major/selected minor (declaration of minor not required for graduation):
Please note that this is a suggested academic plan only, it is not meant to address each student’s individual requirements or interests. Students will develop a personalized academic plan with a faculty advisor; however, it is the student’s responsibility to be aware of, register for, and successfully complete all of the requirements for graduation in the major.



Year One Fall 


Year Two Fall 


Year Three Fall 


Year Four Fall 


COMM-110 or 141
Language 103
WOK or elective
ENGL American
ENGL British
WOK or elective
COMM elective
ENGL elective (WI)
PSPK-101 (1 cr)
Minor #2 or elective
Minor #3 or elective
COMM elective
ENGL-201 or 202
WOK or elective
Minor #6 or elective

Year One Spring 


Year Two Spring 


Year Three Spring 


Year Four Spring 


COMM elective
ENGL American
WOK or elective
WOK or elective
PHED #1*
Swim Test*
COMM elective
ENGL elective
Minor #1 or elective
WOK or elective
WOK or elective (4 cr)
PHED #2*
COMM elective
ENGL British
Minor #4 or elective
Minor #5 or elective
WOK or elective
WOK or elective
WOK or elective
WOK or elective
Elective (1 cr)



*Non-academic credit - these courses do not apply towards the minimum required for graduation.

Minimum Academic Credits required for graduation: 120