ART AND ART HISTORY
B.A. Degree in Art – General Studio Art
B.A. Degree in Art – Graphic and Communication Design
B.A. Degree in Art – Painting/Drawing
B.A. Degree in Art – Photography
B.A. Degree in Art History
The Study of Art
The art and art history program is committed to providing majors the opportunity to acquire a thorough knowledge of the basic means of visual expression and a broad exposure to the history of art. Those who major in the program acquire foundation preparation for professional or graduate study or for careers in teaching, museum work, and studio and commercial art.
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B.A. Degree in Communication Studies
Media Studies Concentration
Public Relations and Advertising Concentration
The Study of Communication Studies
Communication Studies examines the ways in which social meanings are produced through the creation, mediation, and reception of messages. Students may focus in Journalism, Media Studies, or Public Relations and Advertising, or devise their own area of concentration. This major offers both practical training in the use of media technologies and communication strategies, as well as critical and historical perspectives on media and communication. Students in this major learn to gather, analyze, organize, and present information in a clear and engaging fashion. In addition to course work, students may gain practical experience through the college newspaper, radio, commercial magazines, and professional internships.
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ENGLISH, COMPARATIVE LITERATURE, AND CREATIVE WRITING
B.A. Degree in English
B.A. Degree in Comparative Literature
B.A. Degree in Creative Writing
B.A. Degree in Secondary Education (SEE EDUCATION)
M.F.A. Degree in Poetry (SEE GRADUATE STUDIES SECTION)
The Study of Literature
The Department offers majors and minors in English, Comparative Literature, and Creative Writing, as well as a major in Secondary Education-English (see Education). In the context of traditions of Anglo-American and European literature, we offer mythology, criticism and aesthetics, genres and period studies such as modernism and postmodernism, and recognizable literary trends such as existentialism and romanticism, as well as figure studies . In addition, we also examine what we consider the inevitable connections between literature and the other arts, as well as include a diversity of voices, such as those of women and various ethnic, racial, and postcolonial cultures. All our majors under this heading involve students in critical reading and thinking, as well as writing both with clarity and imagination in preparation for graduate school, life and work, all of which demand an enriched cultural background, excellent communication skills, rigorous thinking, creativity, and originality.
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Professional Writing Minor
The Study of Writing
The writing program is the core of the first-year experience at New England College. Writing courses are based in teaching of critical and analytical thinking through a process-oriented curriculum based on a hierarchy of learning. Students learn techniques for discovery and synthesis applicable to course materials across disciplines. Writing courses serve as the ongoing hands-on opportunity for students to develop as writers and thinkers through workshop and revision, peer review and presentation.
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MASTER OF ARTS IN PROFESSIONAL WRITING
The MA in Professional Writing is an online program for aspiring writers and editors. This 36-credit program enhances writing and publication skills, enables students to develop a comprehensive portfolio of work, and prepares students to write in both new and traditional media. Program coursework integrates the theoretical foundations of rhetoric, communication and professional practice with continuous skill development. Each course asks students to apply their knowledge and writing skills to cutting-edge communication challenges. Students also gain an understanding of the various jobs in the field.
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MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN CREATIVE WRITING (POETRY)
The New England College low residency Master of Fine Arts in Poetry Program joins a rigorous curriculum with a peripatetic style. Conversations among faculty and students on literary and craft topics are as integral to the program's pedagogy as the classroom teaching itself. More than just a graduate course of study, this program strives to teach its students how to become better poets by providing a transformative experience in the study of poetry. Twice a year, students from around the country gather on the campus of New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire, to form a close-knit, non-competitive community that fosters collegiality, guidance, and a practical way to meet graduate requirements for an MFA degree while carrying on vocational and familial responsibilities. The New England College MFA Program offers not only a viable alternative to other wholly residential MFA programs, but important new curricular components as well, such as courses in performance and spoken word, memorization and recitation, translation, and new media writing. By combining short-term residencies with semester long regimens of faculty-student correspondence (once every four weeks), the program is designed to help students develop strong poetic and critical skills, as well as to take bold risks in their writing. The faculty student ratio is never more than five-to-one, allowing each student to study closely with his or her mentor. During the correspondence semesters, students engage in rigorous craft discussions with faculty members who are both accomplished writers and proven teachers. The MFA faculty are among the foremost poets writing today. Each faculty member is also selected in recognition for his or her teaching mastery. Due to our low faculty-student ratio, all students in the program will have an opportunity to work with each core faculty at some point during their course of study in the program.
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