Our program provides students with a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of critical reading, writing and communicating. Students develop the researching, interviewing, editing and writing skills employers demand.
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The English/Journalism major combines the study of literature with media writing. Students majoring in English/Journalism find careers in a wide variety of fields that require critical thinking, analysis, research, and writing skills.
Jacquelyn earned an Associate’s Degree in Accounting and was completing general education requirements at Schoolcraft College, somewhat unsure of a career path. She decided to transfer to Madonna University to pursue a degree in English/Journalism. “I have always found success with educational writing,” she said. “I thought I might find success writing professionally as well.”
During her two years at Madonna, she was exposed to many different writing styles from each discipline, ranging from critically analyzing a range of discourses to writing and editing articles for the Madonna Herald. During her semester working for the Herald, she developed a knack for meeting deadlines and assisting fellow journalists in producing quality work. In addition, Jacquelyn tutored in the Writing Center, helping a variety of students enhance their writing skills and build their confidence as writers.
She also participated in a study abroad program in France, fulfilling a requirement for her program of study. The experience helped her comfortably submerge herself in a foreign culture, and she returned with an eagerness to continue toward her degree with the influence of a recently acquired je ne sais quoi.
“Madonna has fueled my passion for writing and editing, and my English/Journalism degree seamlessly applies to the career I intend to pursue.”
Learn the researching, reporting, interviewing and writing skills needed in a wide variety of communication careers.
Practice and perfect the art of writing in several different genres.
Ph.D., Wayne State University
M.A., Michigan State University
B.A., Michigan State University
Dr. Neal Haldane directs the Journalism/Public Relations program and also teaches Communication and Writing courses. His courses prepare students for a wide range of media careers by emphasizing hands-on experience with traditional and digital communication tools and strategies.
The former newspaper reporter, editor and public relations practitioner extolls the virtues of experiential learning through internships and co-ops. He also emphasizes the importance of connecting the classroom to the community via service-learning and study abroad initiatives.
In addition, Haldane works closely with the First-Year Experience helping students transition to college.
Ph.D., University of Virginia
M.A., University of Virginia
B.A., Western Washington University
Jeffrey Cordell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Language, Literature, Communications, and Writing. He joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2013 from Alma College. He completed his doctoral degree in 2008 at the University of Virginia. He teaches American and British literature.
His interests include medieval and Renaissance English literature and classical backgrounds to British and European literature. His publications include work on the idea of Christian charity in shaping Francis Bacon's Advancement of Learning and, as a contributing author, an award-winning study of undergraduate library research methods.