English and Communication Studies Department

Majors and Minors

The English and Communication Studies department at Roanoke College offers majors and minors in:

Get Experience through Clubs and Student Publications

Majors in English-Literary Studies, Communication Studies and Creative Writing and any other students interested in building a portfolio of published work should investigate opportunities such as:

Outstanding Faculty

Roanoke's English and Communication Studies faculty are dedicated teachers who encourage and welcome close student interaction. Most are practitioners in their fields. As literary and communication scholars and professionals, and as creative writers, the English and Communication Studies faculty models excellent critical ability and writing mastery. Professors work closely with individual students to help them achieve the learning and skills they will need in the careers they choose. Department includes three winners of a Fulbright grant and a Fulbright Ambassador. A complete list of the faculty and professors can be found here.

Hear From Visiting Writers and Scholars

The English and Communication Studies Department hosts many visiting writers and scholars every year. Recent guests include DJ, Ralph, and Emily Savarese, authors of the book Reasonable People, poet Bob Hicok, former U.S. Poet Laureat Ted Kooser and writer Tim O'Brien. A complete list of recent visiting writers can be found here.

Literary studies majors present at national conference

Literary studies majors

Literary Study majors Emily Gould '15 and Anna Merz-McConnell '15 were selected to present their research at the 2015 Europe: East and West Undergraduate Symposium at the University of PittsburghGould's piece was titled "Pushkin's Tatiana and Masha," and was an examination of women in Pushkin's prose. Merz-McConnell's paper, titled "Dickens and Dostoevsky Discuss Fathers," focused on father-types in Dickens' "Bleak House" and Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment." Both traveled with Dr. Martha Kuchar, chair of the English department, and presented as part of the conference's Humanities section, which is one of the most competitive portions of the program. 

Elderscholar Program

The Elderscholar Program is in its 37th year of offering lectures for adults 55 and older. The program features Roanoke College faculty and guests speaking on areas of their expertise. This fall, the program will be both in-person and virtual. Participants can choose to attend the live lecture with lunch afterwards, or watch live with Zoom from the safety and comfort of their home.  Registration is required. 

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Date | Time: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 | 12:00 PM
Location: Live: Colket Center Ballroom & Virtual: Zoom Webinar

Fowler Public Affairs Lecture Series presents:

Award winning author and columnist, Leonard Pitts has seen change in his 43-year career. He has written about it as a columnist and author. He has spoken about it as a college professor, radio producer and lecturer.

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Date | Time: Tuesday, November 2, 2021 | 7:30 PM
Location: Roanoke College, Bast Center