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English & Communications

"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 English & Communications!

We think, study, and write about the multifaceted ways people use language across cultures. Our innovative courses make use of high-impact, hands-on learning across the areas of literary and cultural studies, creative and professional writing, broadcast and digital media, and journalism. Our two majors—in English and Communications—are designed to be flexible and experiential, allowing students to create a unique path toward their goals. We also offer seven concentrations in:

Professor talking with a student Broadcast Media 

 Digital Media Innovation

 Film Studies 



 Public Relations and Corporate Communications 

 Writing (Creative Writing & Professional Writing)

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.

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. Meet our faculty.





View a sample 4-year plan to complete your major

Current Catalog

Program Outcomes

Anti-Racist Commitments

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

Radical Readings: An Anti-Racism Digest Archive

The Beacon


The Beacon is the weekly student newspaper of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.



Beacon Web News (BWN) is the weekly student news broadcast of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.



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.  



WJJW (91.1 FM) is the radio station for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. We feature a wide variety of programming, 7 days a week, from hip-hop, comedy, vaporwave, folk, metal, and more!


Jennifer Dermady
Office Manager
Phone: 413.662.5371
Fax: 413.662.5209

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