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"My success in the English  & Communications department at MCLA was due largely in part to the student body—classes made up of peers I found to be vibrant, enthused and at times, absolutely delightful. I think for an enterprising student, MCLA is a goldmine of opportunity."  — Jonathan Hoel, '17

Welcome to the English & Communications Department!

In the English & Communications Department at MCLA, we educate our students to become effective, adaptable critics and creators of a variety of human discourse—individuals whose dynamic understanding of the literary and media arts contributes both to their own well-being and the well-being of others.

To this end, the department offers a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Arts in English. Students majoring in English think, study, and write about the multifaceted ways people use language across cultures. The Foundation of the program gives students a broad background in literature, language, and media, with an emphasis on how cultures shape storytelling in its many forms. Beyond the Foundation, students take additional courses in one of the following Concentrations: Film Studies, Literary Studies, or Writing (in either the Creative Writing or Professional Writing track).

We offer three concentrations in:


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 (Beacon Web News (BWN) 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).

We elevate student learning by providing opportunities for internships, independent studies, and community-based learning. Our alums can be found in a variety of graduate programs and careers. To see specific examples of post-graduate student success, visit Alumni page.

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

View a sample 4-year plan to complete your major

Our faculty members hold expertise in variety of humanities fields, including American and global Anglophone literatures; rhetoric and writing studies; Latina/o studies; critical race theory; gender and sexuality studies; hybrid poetics; experimental fiction and non-fiction writing; visual culture; media studies; public relations and professional writing; print and digital journalism.



Jennifer Dermady
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Phone: 413.662.5371
Fax: 413.662.5209

anti-racist commitments

Read the Anti-Racist Pledge from the English & Communications faculty

Visiting Writer

Each semester, we invite at least 1-2 nationally renowned creative writers to campus, to work with students in the classroom and to offer public readings and performances of their work.


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.