English BA / Communication MS

Major: English and Communication
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 226.0 - 228.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Five years); Two Co-op (Five years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code:
 09.0199
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-2011

About the Program

The ability to communicate effectively is one of the most sought-after skills by prospective employers industry wide. Drexel University is committed to building this strong foundation through the Accelerated Degree option, which enables academically qualified students to earn both a bachelor's and master’s degree — graduating sooner than they would in traditional programs. Graduates of the accelerated degree enter the workforce one year sooner with the benefits of both a bachelor's degree in English and a master’s degree in communication, using the year saved to gain full-time experience and earn a salary in the field.

The BA in English  focuses on three areas:

  • A rich Academic Core grounded in disciplinary expertise that promotes literary exploration, sophisticated textual literacy, excellent writing, and other transferable skills;
  • Applied Learning opportunities using skills in research, interpretation, analysis, and writing to solve real-world problems;
  • Opportunities for Civic Engagement, connecting with community partners to promote social justice and the common good.

Drexel’s MS in Communication program requires 45.0 graduate credits, and prepares students for careers in a wide range of professional activities. The program specializes in three areas:

  • public communication
  • technical communication
  • science and health communication

Public Communication

Public Communication has much to offer those looking to work in journalism, public relations, and nonprofit organizations. Students can choose from courses such as Strategic Social Media Communication, Event Planning, Journalism and News Writing, Public Relations Writing and Campaign Planning, and Nonprofit Communication.

Technical Communication

Technical Communication provides skills in technical writing, editing, and computer documentation, and trains students for careers in a wide range of industries from social networking to publishing to health insurance. Students choose from courses such as Technical Writing, Digital Publishing, Technical & Science Editing, and Technical Documentation & Software.

Science and Health Communication

Science and Health Communication leads to careers in medical, science, and pharmaceutical communication. Students can choose from courses such as Science Writing, Medical Journalism, Campaigns in Health & Environment, and Communicating Health and Risk in a 'Fake News' World. 

In addition, the program provides a strong foundation in ethics and theoretical approaches to communication. This theoretical basis is designed to ensure that, as the field changes, students will continue to have an intellectual framework for evaluating and implementing new technology and changing media.

The program emphasizes flexibility, encouraging each student, in consultation with an academic advisor, to craft a particular course of study. Throughout the curriculum, students may use electives to increase communication skills or to further develop areas of specialization. The Master's degree requires a total of 45.0 graduate credits. 

For additional information, visit the MS in Communication web page. Contact Julia May, Director of the MS in Communication Program at julia.may@drexel.edu for more information.

Admission Requirements

Already matriculated English majors may apply after completing a minimum of 90.0 credits but no more than 120.0 credits. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and maintain this GPA throughout the program.

In addition to formally applying and getting all the signatures required on the Accelerated Degree Program Admission form, applicants must provide:

  • A 500-word statement of goals that explains why they want to enroll in the accelerated degree program.
  • The name of a faculty reference who can speak to the applicant’s academic qualifications and preparedness for graduate studies.

For more information contact Dr. Julia May, Director of the MS in Communication Program at julia.may@drexel.edu

Degree Requirements

CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Mathematics courses for a minimum of 6.0 credits6.0
Science courses for a minimum of 6.0 credits6.0
Social and Behavioral Science courses for a minimum of 12 credits12.0
Humanities courses (other than ENGL or WRIT) for a minimum of 6 credits6.0
Studies in Diversity courses for a minimum of 6 credits6.0
International Studies courses for a minimum of 6 credits6.0
Language requirement (2 consecutive courses, reaching at least 103)8.0
Core Courses, Required for either Concentrations
ENGL 195English Freshman Seminar 3.0
ENGL 207 [WI] African American Literature3.0
ENGL 301English Major Colloquium *3.0
ENGL 315 [WI] Shakespeare3.0
ENGL 325Topics in World Literature3.0
ENGL 355 [WI] Women and Literature3.0
ENGL 495Senior Project in Literature3.0
WRIT 195Threshold Concepts in Writing3.0
WRIT 200Language Puzzles and Word Games: Issues in Modern Grammar3.0
WRIT 225 [WI] Creative Writing3.0
Concentrations (Choose 1)36.0
A) Literary Studies Concentration (36 credits)
Literature Surveys - Select 4 for a minimum of 12 credits
Classical to Medieval Literature
Renaissance to the Enlightenment
Romanticism to Modernism
Survey of World Literature
Post-Colonial Literature
American Literature I
American Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
Authors and Periods - Select 1 for a minimum of 3 credits
Period Studies
Major Authors
Literary Impacts - Select 1 for a minimum of 3 credits
Literature & Science
Literature and Other Arts
Literature and Society
Literary Traditions - Select one for a minimum of 3 credits
The Bible as Literature
Mythology
Literary Theory - 3 credits
Literary Theory
Literature Seminars - Take both for a minimum of 6 credits
Seminar in English and American Literature
Seminar in World Literature
English Electives - minimum of 6 credits
Choose any additional 2 courses (300+) in ENGL or WRIT for a minimum of 6 credits
B) Writing Concentration
Foundations - Select 1 for a minimum of 3 credits
The Peer Reader in Context
Advanced Composition
Rhetoric and Technique - Select 1 for a minimum of 3 credits
Argument and Rhetoric
Forms Seminar
Audience Awareness - Select 1 for a minimum of 3 credits
Writing for Target Audiences
Writing for Social Change
Writing Practices - Select 7 additional courses for a minimum of 21 credits (at least 5 must be WRIT or ENGL courses)
Introduction to Journalism
Business Communication
Technical Communication
Grant Writing
Research Project Development
Playwriting I
Screenwriting I
The Peer Reader in Context
Advanced Composition
Argument and Rhetoric
Story Medicine
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Writing in Public Spaces
“Mistakes Were Made”: Truth, Writing, and Responsibility
Forms Seminar
Writing Poetry
Writing Fiction
Writing Humor and Comedy
Life is Beautiful
Writing About the Media
Literary Editing & Publication
Writing and Reading the Memoir
Writing for Target Audiences
Writing for Social Change
Writing for -- and about -- the Web
Advanced Poetry Workshop
Advanced Fiction Workshop
Internship in Publishing
Special Topics in Writing
English Electives - minimum of 6 credits
Choose any additional 2 courses (300+) in WRIT or ENGL for a minimum of 6 credits
ELECTIVES 52.0-54.0
MS in Communication
Required Courses
COM 500Reading & Res Communication3.0
COM 610Theories of Communication and Persuasion3.0
COM 698Managing Communication Professional Identities in a Digital Age3.0
Electives **21.0
Required Concentration Courses15.0
Students must select and complete one of the following concentration options:
Technical Communication
Ethics for Technical, Science and Health Communication
Choose four of the following:
Technical Writing
Document Design and Usability
Digital Publishing
Digital Documentation and Software
Technical, Science and Health Editing
Software Development
Perspectives on Information Systems
Science and Health Communication
Ethics for Technical, Science and Health Communication
Choose four of the following:
Campaigns for Health and Environment
Science Writing
Technical, Science and Health Editing
Medical Writing
Medical Journalism
Theory and Practice in Health Communication
Public Communication
Ethics for Public Communication
Choose four of the following:
Modern Desktop Publishing
Digital Publishing
Strategic Social Media Communication
Foundations of Public Relations
Public Relations Writing ***
Public Relations Planning ***
Fundamentals of Journalism & Newswriting
Event Planning
Grant Writing
Nonprofit Communications
Telecommunications Regulation and Policy
Investigative Journalism
Total Credits226.0-228.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

4 Year, 1 Co-Op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 1011.0COOP 101*1.0VACATION
ENGL 1953.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
UNIV H1011.0WRIT 2003.0ENGL 2073.0 
(UG) Foreign Language Course4.0(UG) Foreign Language Course (level 103+)4.0WRIT 1953.0 
(UG) Math Elective3.0(UG) Math Elective3.0(UG) Social/Behavioral Science Elective3.0 
(UG) Social/Behavioral Science Elective3.0(UG) Social/Behavioral Science Elective3.0(UG) Science Elective3.0 
 17 17 16 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 3011.0(UG) Literature Survey3.0ENGL 3011.0ENGL 3253.0
WRIT 2253.0(UG) Authors & Periods3.0ENGL 3153.0(UG) Literature Survey3.0
(UG) Science Elective3.0(UG) Diversity Studies3.0(UG) Literature Survey3.0(UG) Literary Impacts 3.0
(UG) Literature Survey3.0(UG) International Studies Elective3.0(UG) Diversity Studies3.0(UG) Free Electives6.0
(UG) International Studies Elective3.0(UG) Humanities Elective3.0(UG) Humanities Elective3.0 
(UG) Social/Behavioral Science Elective3.0 (UG) Free Elective3.0 
 16 15 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 3011.0(UG) Free Electives13.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
ENGL 3803.0COM 6103.0  
(UG) Free Electives9.0   
COM 5003.0   
 16 16 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 4903.0ENGL 3553.0ENGL 4953.0Student classified as Graduate
UNIV H2011.0ENGL 4923.0(UG) Free Electives9.0 
(UG) Literary Traditions3.0(UG) English Elective (ENGL or WRIT)3.0(GR) Concentration Core3.0 
(UG) English Elective3.0(UG) Free Electives6.0(GR) Elective3.0 
(UG) Free Electives6.0(GR) Concentration Core3.0Student graduates with BA degree 
COM 613 or 6123.0   
 19 18 18 0
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
COM 6983.0(GR) Concentration Core3.0(GR) Graduate Electives9.0 
(GR) Concentration Core3.0(GR) Graduate Electives6.0  
(GR) Elective3.0   
 9 9 9 
Total Credits 226

5 Year, 3 Co-Op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 1011.0COOP 1011.0VACATION
ENGL 1953.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
UNIV H1011.0WRIT 2003.0ENGL 2073.0 
(UG) Foreign Language Course4.0(UG) Foreign Language Course (level 103+ or higher)4.0WRIT 1953.0 
(UG) Math Elective3.0(UG) Math Elective3.0(UG) Social/Behavioral Science3.0 
(UG) Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective3.0(UG) Social/Behavioral Science Elective3.0(UG) Science Elective3.0 
  (UG) Free Elective3.0 
 17 17 19 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEENGL 3011.0(UG) Literature Survey3.0
  WRIT 2253.0(UG) Diversity Studies3.0
  (UG) Science Elective3.0(UG) International Studies Elective3.0
  (UG) Literature Survey 3.0(UG) Humanities Elective3.0
  (UG) International Studies Elective3.0(UG) Free Electives6.0
  (UG) Social/Behavioral Sciences3.0 
  (UG) Free Elective3.0 
 0 0 19 18
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEENGL 301 (2nd of 3)1.0ENGL 3253.0
 (GR) Grad Concentration Core3.0ENGL 3153.0(UG) Literature Survey3.0
  (UG) Literature Survey3.0(UG) Free Electives9.0
  (UG) Authors and Periods3.0(GR) Concentration Core3.0
  (UG) Diversity Studies3.0 
  (UG) Humanities Elective3.0 
  (GR) Concentration Core3.0 
 0 3 19 18
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 3011.0(UG) Electives12.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
ENGL 3553.0COM 6103.0(GR) Graduate Elective3.0(GR) Graduate Elective3.0
(UG) Literary Impacts3.0(GR) Grad Concentration Core3.0  
(UG) Literary Traditions3.0   
(UG) Free Elective3.0   
COM 5003.0   
COM 613 or 6123.0   
 19 18 3 3
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
ENGL 3803.0ENGL 4923.0ENGL 4953.0 
ENGL 4903.0(UG) English Elective (ENGL or WRIT)3.0(UG) Free Electives9.0 
UNIV H2011.0(UG) Free Electives6.0(GR) Graduate Electives6.0 
(UG) English Elective (ENGL or WRIT)3.0(GR) Graduate Electives6.0  
(UG) Free Elective3.0   
COM 6983.0   
(GR) Graduate Elective3.0   
 19 18 18 
Total Credits 228
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