Welcome to the Department of English, Journalism, and Media Communications

The Department of English, Journalism, and Media Communications (EJMC) supports the core curriculum with student-centered instruction in languages, literature, composition, speech, digital media, and journalism. Also, the Department of EJMC prepares students for graduate study and varied professional careers. The Department also supports the mission of the college by helping to produce graduates who express themselves clearly through writing and speaking, use technology skillfully, demonstrate the ability to do independent research, and exhibit a strong commitment to service.

Degrees Offered

The Department of English, Journalism, and Media Communications offers two (2) Bachelor of Arts degrees: one in English and one in Journalism. A Bachelor of Science degree in English with a teaching concentration in Language Arts (grades 6-12) is the third degree offered by the Department of EJMC.


Special Program: Pre-Law

English majors interested in law may participate in the Pre-law Program described in “Special Programs.” This program includes elective courses in writing, speech, theatre, social science, and other liberal arts, which will help majors acquire the knowledge and skills needed for the intense competition for admission to law school. The Pre-Law Program helps students to broaden their view of the world and to sharpen the diverse skills needed for success in law school. Courses to consider when building the Pre-Law track are listed below:

  • All English Major Required Courses (total of 33 credit hours)
  • PSC 239: Principles of American Government
  • ENG 333: Writing Argument
  • BUS 333: Business Law and Ethics
  • PSC 332: The United States Constitution
  • ENG 235: Technical Writing
  • SPE 331: Persuasive Speaking
  • PSC 335: American Political Theory
  • SPE 236: Interpersonal Communication
  • PSC 336: State and Local Government

Career Options

The Department encourages the use of English as part of a double major for any discipline for students interested in increasing employment options and in preparing for graduate or professional schools.


Through internships and practicum, students gain beneficial work experience.


A major in English and/or journalism prepares graduates for graduate/professional study and/or careers in the following areas:

  • Public speaking
  • Mass media
  • Advertising
  • Law
  • Radio production
  • Editing
  • Publishing
  • Education
  • Digital video production
  • Communication
  • Public relations
  • Advertising
  • News producer
  • Business
  • Information processing
  • Technical writing
  • Library science


English majors seeking secondary teacher certification must follow the state curriculum of prospective teachers of English Language Arts and maintain the 2.75 cumulative grade point average (GPA) required for admission to the Stillman Teacher Education Program (STEP). Students admitted to the English program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in English and must pass ENG 199/200; and in the second semester of the sophomore year, must participate in a skills assessment for guidance purposes.


English Courses


ENG 131: English Composition I  3 Credits


ENG 132: English Composition II 3 Credits


ENG 199: English Composition I for English and Journalism Majors 3 Credits


ENG 200: English Composition II for English and Journalism Majors 3 Credits


ENG 230: Introduction to Creative Writing 3 Credits


ENG 231: American Literature I 3 Credits


ENG 232: American Literature II 3 Credits


ENG 235: Technical Writing 3 Credits


ENG 236: English Literature I 3 Credits


ENG 237: English Literature II 3 Credits


ENG 238: African American Literature I 3 Credits


ENG 239: African American Literature II 3 Credits


ENG 330: World Literature 3 Credits


ENG 331: Advanced Rhetorical Grammar 3 Credits


ENG 333: Writing Argument 3 Credits


ENG 334: Chaucer 3 Credits


ENG 335: Shakespeare 3 Credits


ENG 336: Creative Writing 3 Credits


ENG 337: Contemporary Multiethnic Literatures of USA 3 Credits


ENG 338: Development of the Novel 3 Credits


ENG 339: Modern Black Fiction 3 Credits


ENG 400: Independent Study/Internship/Practicum 3 Credits


ENG 402: English Language Arts Practicum 3 Credits


ENG 430: Literary Criticism 3 Credits


ENG 432: Literature of the 20th Century 3 Credits


ENG 434: African Literature 3 Credits


ENG 435: Poetry 3 Credits


ENG 436: Caribbean Literature 3 Credits


ENG 437: Major Writers 3 Credits


ENG 438: Senior Thesis in English 3 Credits


ENG 439: Modern Drama 3 Credits


Journalism Courses


JN 131: Introduction to Mass Communications 3 Credits


JN 132: Introduction to Media Writing 3 Credits

JN 231: Newswriting and Reporting 3 Credits


JN 233: Photojournalism 3 Credits


JN 237: Applied Journalism 3 Credits


JN 331: Media Law and Regulations 3 Credits


JN 332: Magazine Feature and Opinion Writing 3 Credits


JN 334: Public Relations Writing 3 Credits


JN 335: Audio and Video Reporting and Production 3 Credits


JN 336: Mass Media Management and Ownership 3 Credits


JN 337: Applied Journalism 3 Credits


JN 338: Radio Production 3 Credits


JN 339: Digital Video Production 3 Credits


JN 430: Internship/Practicum 3-6 Credits


JN 431: Advanced Newswriting 3 Credits


JN 434: Independent Study/Senior Project 3 Credits


JN 435: Advanced Magazine Writing 3 Credits


JN 436: Literary Journalism: Writing Reviews & Commentary 3 Credits


JN 437: History of Journalism 3 Credits


JN 438: History and Survey of the African-American Press 3 Credits


Student Engagement:

Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society

Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. It fosters all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing. It also strives to provide, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and language in surrounding communities by community service projects. It has two publications to which members can submit their creative or researched work, The Rectangle and The Sigma Tau Delta Review. With over 870 active chapters, there are more than 1,000 Faculty Sponsors and 9,000 members inducted annually. Also, the honor society hosts an annual conference to which students may submit papers. The cost to join is a one-time fee of $40.00. Students must have a 3.00 GPA in English or Journalism and must have completed 60 credit hours. Dr. Kathryn Brewer-Strayer serves as the advisor to the Sigma Tau Delta chapter at Stillman, and Dr. Paige McCormick serves as the co-advisor. For information on how to become a member of Sigma Tau Delta, contact Dr. Brewer-Strayer ([email protected]; 205-349-4240 ext. 8995) and Dr. McCormick ([email protected]; 205-349-4240 ext. 8127).


Faculty Members

Dr. Kathryn Brewer-Strayer

Chair and Professor of English

(205) 349-4240 ext. 8995

[email protected]


Dr. Shompaballi Datta

Associate Professor of English

(205) 349-4240 ext. 8990

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Dr. Paige McCormick

Associate Professor of English

(205) 349-4240 ext. 8127

[email protected]


Dr. Michael Andrews

Assistant Professor of Journalism

(205) 349-4240 ext. 8819

[email protected]


Mr. Romeo Reese

Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Communications

(205) 349-4240 ext. 3236

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