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BA in English - Communication & New Media

Brief Description

ACT’s innovative BA in English features concentrations in Language and Literature and Communication and New Media. The program of studies has been designed to be fresh, modern, and relevant to the academic and professional realities of today.

The aims of the BA are to provide students with a solid background in the subject areas of literature, linguistics, media and cultural studies; cultivate students’ analytical and creative skills for intellectual and professional purposes; enable students to explore the evolution of English studies as it intersects a variety of theoretical approaches and academic disciplines; help students become more astute readers, writers, thinkers, and communicators; challenge students to operate more effectively in multicultural, interdisciplinary environments, both as students and future professionals; and inspire confidence, open mindedness, and personal and professional success.

More specifically

Our curriculum draws on contemporary theoretical perspectives and ongoing discussions in literary and cultural theory such as gender and queer theory, post-colonialism, cultural materialism, post-structuralism, and post-modernism; there is also an emphasis on connecting theory to concrete concerns about popular cultures, techno-culture, social media, and artificial intelligence. In this way students gain an excellent background in the classics, bridged with innovative and groundbreaking contemporary courses and material and attain a plethora of skills.

Degree Requirements

In order to receive the BA degree, the student must have fulfilled all the GER and major requirements and have completer at least 121 US credit hours with an overall G.P.A. of 2.0 or better. According to NEASC Standards, students must complete at least one fourth of their undergraduate program, including advanced work in the major or concentration, at the institution awarding the degree. As a consequence, all candidates for an ACT degree must have been in residence at the College during the last two semesters of full time instruction, assuming availability and equivalency of transferable courses.

Open University degree structure

The program in English is currently validated by Open University: under this scheme, 24 are out of the 40 courses required for a Bachelor’s degree are validated by Open University. Students must necessarily take the fourth year courses at ACT. Successful students will receive a Bachelor’s degree from Open University in addition to the ACT degree for a single course of studies by meeting the following common set of requirements (in addition to meeting General Education Requirements)—courses highlighted in bold are validated by Open University.

Major Requirements

  • English 101: Composition I
  • English 102: Composition II
  • English 120: Introduction to Literature (OU)
  • English 203: Advanced College English Skills
  • Comm 127: Communication, Culture and Society (OU)
  • English 220: Introduction to Twentieth Century Poetry and Drama (OU)
  • English 230: English Literatures (OU)
  • English 273: Introduction to Linguistics (OU)
  • English 275: Sociolinguistics (OU)
  • English 250: Advanced Writing and Professional Communication (OU)
  • English 300: Image, Text, Culture (OU)
  • Hum 246: Introduction to American Cultural Studies (OU)
  • CS 107: Multimedia I (OU)

Communication & New Media Concentration: Required Courses

  • Comm 217: Media in Transition (OU)
  • Comm 317: Communicating Through New Media (OU)
  • Comm 227: Media Theory (OU)
  • Comm 327: Communication Research Methods (OU)
  • Anthr 349: Intercultural Communication in Theory and Practice (OU)
  • Comm 233: Introduction to Journalism (OU)
  • One of the following:
    • Marketing 200: Principles of Public Relations (OU)
      Marketing 214: Advertising (OU)
      SocSc 215: Studies in Media and Contemporary Society (OU)
      SocSc 228: Society and Culture (OU)

Communication & New Media: Major Elective Courses (5 of the following)

  • CS 206: Web Development (OU)
  • CS 219: Video Game Design
  • CS 306: Advanced Web Development (OU)
  • Soc Sc 210: Introduction to Global Studies and Human Geographies
  • Comm 333-Communication Design (OU)
  • Any of the above Required Courses not selected or courses in the Concentration Language and Literature

Free Electives: Three (3)

Other Degree Requirements

  • English 390 Senior Thesis I & English 395 Senior Thesis II (OU)
  • Practicum (SocSc 399- Service Learning)

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