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"As a marketing manager for an international conference planning company, my responsibilities align with what I learned at MCLA about communications, public relations, advertising, and corporate branding.  Catherine Rymsha '06

English/Communications at MCLA

The English/Communications major offers you a broad background in literature, language, and media through foundation courses as well as the opportunity for specialized study in:

Students Broadcast Media

 Film Studies



 Public Relations and

 (Creative Writing & Professional Writing)


Why MCLA is Different

Our major emphasizes hands-on experience that you can gain in a wide variety of academic and professional settings including the college radio station (WJJW), the television and video studio (MCLA TV) and AVID editing suite, an analogue/digital production lab for film studies, the award winning student newspaper (The Beacon), and our student literary magazine (Spires).

Student internship opportunities reflect the wide range of interests among our students including:


Newspaper reporting

Public relations

Sports information

Radio, television, and film production

Serving a local writers' collaborative

Working in area schools, art institutions, and with a local book publisher  


If you want to pursue a secondary major in education and licensure to teach, this program provides the strong foundation you need.

Television Studio GalleryIn addition, you can join two national organizations: The National Broadcast Society and the national English honor society, Lambda Iota Tau. You may also compete for several awards and scholarships in the field, and can attend and participate in both on and off campus conferences, workshops, readings, and performances.

Tuition reduction for residents of ME, NY, or RIPhoto Gallery

Broadcast Media students who reside in these states are eligible to receive a tuition reduction of $8,500.

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Jennifer Dermady
Office Manager
Phone: 413.662.5371
Fax: 413.662.5209

Spires 2014

Spires 2014

Spires is MCLA's student-run Literary Arts Magazine.  In addition to our online platform, students publish a high quality print issue of the journal every spring semester.