Department of English



English: Language, Media, and Communication

The English Major track in Language, Media, and Communication allows students to build their major around the English Department's multi-faceted offerings in areas such as rhetoric, media studies, film, language studies, nonfiction writing and journalism, and public speaking, as well as courses on related topics offered by other departments, including African-American Studies, Women's Studies, Linguistics, Political Science, Anthropology, and Art History. This track may be of special interest to students who are contemplating careers in such areas as law, nonfiction writing, publishing, print journalism, or electronic journalism, though its emphasis is critical, theoretical, and historical as much as practical.

Note: The wide range of possibilities in LMC, and the continual addition of new or changed courses in English, mean that students can fulfill their requirements in very individual ways. The rules below offer basic guidelines, but prospective majors should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, with whom they can shape their course of study. The successful completion of this track depends on active planning with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in order to create the most helpful combination of courses in the major, while choosing related courses that could be in a minor, a cluster, or another major.

A minimum of ten courses is required, at least seven of which must be at the 200 or 300 level.

1. The core of the major consists of six courses chosen, in large part, from the following list. Up to three of these six courses can be chosen from approved courses taught in other departments—some of the possibilities for this are listed below, and others may be used with the approval of the major advisor. Please note that no more than three 100-level courses can be counted toward the major, and no more than two of these 100-level courses can come from any one of the three sub-categories below. The list below is not comprehensive, and students should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies at registration time for complete and updated information about applicable courses.

I. Journalism and Nonfiction Writing:

  • ENG 126: Creative Nonfiction
  • ENG 131: Reporting and Writing the News
  • ENG 132: Feature Writing
  • ENG 133: Editing Practicum
  • ENG 138: Journalism Case Studies
  • ENG 281: Advanced Feature Writing

II. Media and Cultural Studies:

  • ENG 117: Introduction to the Art of Film
  • ENG 118: Introduction to Media Studies
  • ENG 255: Silent Cinema or ENG 256: Sound Cinema (can be taken more than once with different topics)
  • ENG 259: Popular Film Genres
  • ENG 260: Studies in Film History
  • ENG 261: Film Theory
  • ENG 262: Topics in Film
  • ENG 263: Media Studies (can be taken more than once with different topics)
  • ENG 264: Film and Society
  • ENG 265: Documentary, Mock Documentary, Reality TV
  • ENG 283: Media ABC

III. Rhetoric and Language:

  • ENG 134: Public Speaking
  • ENG 135: Debate
  • ENG 137: Freedom of Expression
  • ENG 200: History of the English Language
  • ENG 240: Literary Criticism and Theory
  • ENG 242: Authors, Editors, and the Literary Marketplace
  • ENG 249: Gender, Writing, and Representation
  • ENG 280: Advanced Debate
  • ENG 282: Humor Writing
  • ENG 284: Orality, Language, and Literacy
  • ENG 285: Advanced Writing and Peer Tutoring
  • ENG 286: Presidential Rhetoric

Some sample courses from other departments that can be approved to count toward LMC requirements (again, please check with the Director of Undergraduate Studies about these and other possibilities, which are approved on a case-by-case basis):

  • AH 100: Introduction to Visual and Cultural Studies
  • AH 209: Writing about Art
  • AH 217: Art, Science, and Visual Representation
  • ANT 255: The Social Uses of the Media
  • ANT 274: Creative Ethnography
  • LIN 103: Language and Sexuality
  • LIN 105: Language and Advertising
  • LTS 200: Studies in Translation
  • PHL 247: Philosophy of Language
  • PSC 217: Politics and the Mass Media
  • PSC 246: Argument in Political Science

Concentrators may also substitute an additional section of ENG 380 for one of the above required courses, if it takes up a relevant subject, for instance, ENG 380: Assimilating Literary Language.

2. Concentrators must take either an approved ENG 394, Internship in English; ENG 391, Independent Study; or ENG 380, Advanced Seminar (from a list provided each semester by the English Department). ENG 396, Honors Seminar, counts as an Advanced Seminar (for students in the English Honors Program).

3. Concentrators must take two literature courses, at least one of which must be at the 200 or 300 level.

4. Concentrators must take one additional 200- or 300-level English course, from items 1, 2, or 3 above.

A note on internships:

The English Department itself has sponsored internships with Open Letter Press, the Blake Archive, Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly, METS, the Chaucer Bibliographies, the UR Press, the Public Relations Office, and Rare Books. Internships within the Rochester community include working with local newspapers and television/radio stations, advertising agencies, BOA editions, and Writers and Books. Students wishing to discuss internships applicable to the LMC major should contract the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Further information about the internship program can also be found by clicking here. Please note that all internships must be approved in advance, during the semester prior to the one in which you plan to do the internship.