Communication, Language, & Literature

Communication, Language, and Literature

When you choose to major in one of the programs in the Communication, Language, and Literature department, your options are guided by your aspirations. Our programs, including Multimedia Communication, Modern Language, and English, are intentionally diverse and comprehensive. Learn and practice your craft through Marywood’s vast array of media outlets, along with ongoing advocacy initiatives, study abroad options, a multitude of writing opportunities, and other meaningful avenues to express yourself and to listen to others. Discovering your passion and realizing your purpose as a strong communicator begins on Day One and continues throughout your time at Marywood.

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The journey from Monroe, Connecticut, to Dublin, Ireland, has been one of discovery, travel, and love for Amanda Thornley ’16.
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Middles States Commission on Higher Education

As part of the offerings of Marywood's education unit, our secondary education programs in English and Spanish are recognized and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The approval process establishes rigorous standards for program quality and professional educator competency and holds licensed institutions accountable for meeting these standards.  


Student-Run Media

About The Communication, Language, and Literature Department

Read On. Write On. Speak Up. Because words have power.

This motto reflects our department’s conviction that words and narratives can shape thinking, inspire action, and evoke emotion. Those who are most engaged with words can harness this power to make a positive difference in their own lives and in the lives of others. If you love reading, writing, or learning about other people and cultures in a vibrant and supportive academic community, bienvenido and welcome!

Multimedia Communications

The Multimedia Communication Curriculum at Marywood University provides students with a comprehensive education in the communications discipline. It is a broad based program that allows you to explore advertising-public relations, digital media, audio/video production (including film as video production) and journalism. On the graduate level, you will examine a range of fields and issues, including health communication, media management, video production, media and the law and the new communication technologies.

English Program

The English Program at Marywood University is a dynamic learning community dedicated to exploring the beauty and power of language and literature. We offer a broad spectrum of courses for literary study and teacher training.

Foreign Language Program

The world is full of languages. It's your first step toward a wide world of career options. Exposure to different cultures and diverse people helps prepare you for study and travel abroad and local and international internships. Every student at Marywood is required to study a modern language as part of the University's core liberal arts curriculum. There are numerous opportunities for students to study abroad in countries throughout Europe and Latin America.

Communication, Language, and Literature Faculty

Dr. Helen Bittel
Shannon Renee Brown
Erika Cassel
Dr. Ann Cerminaro-Costanzi
Dr. William P. Conlogue
Julia Cosacchi
Gary A. Cotroneo
Gabrielle D'Amico
James Donnelly
Dr. Erica Joan Dymond
Lauren Esposito
Amanda Gipson
George D. Graham
Phyllis Guarnaccia
Ashlee Harry
Mark R. Hiller
Dr. Laura Ann Camlet Houser
Larry Jaffee
Thomas D. Jenkins, III
Julie Johnson
Chesla Ann Bohinski
Margaret Leombruni
Kelly Lynott
Adam Marco
Lisa Esther Mazzarella
Ernest D. Mengoni
Sister Christi Mihelich, IHM, Ph.D.
Alexander Monelli
Stephanie Namlick
Nicole Negron
Dr. Carlie I. Nicastro
Cathrine Owens
Cecilia Paroby
Samantha Patterson
Mandy Leigh Pennington
Kimberly Anne Petro
Eva Polizzi
Dr. Erin A. Sadlack
Concetta Scarfone
Ashley Elizabeth Schwartz
Valeria Stragapede
Robert J. Wasylyk, III
Dr. Lindsey Wotanis
Julie Yelen
David Zauhar
Frances Zauhar
Dawn Zera

External Libraries

Lackawanna County Library System

Library of Congress

Other Resources

F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts presents the best of the performing arts and entertainment in northeast Pennsylvania.

H-Net is an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Internet.

Literary Resources on the Net
This site is a collection of links to sites on the Internet dealing especially with English and American literature, excluding most single electronic texts.

National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education.

National Endowment for the Humanities
The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

Ninth Art
Ninth Art takes a literary view of comic books and includes essays on comics and comic book reviews.

Online Books Page
A list of over 35,000 free books on the web.

Penn Call for Papers
The Call for Papers website is provided by the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania as a courtesy to the academic community.

Pennsylvania Humanities Council
The Pennsylvania Humanities Council inspires a life of learning with speakers, book discussion groups, and grants that enlarge our vision of the world.

Poets and Writers
Poets & Writers has grown to be the largest nonprofit organization in the country for writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Voice of the Shuttle
Voice of the Shuttle is the premier online destination for the humanities and social sciences, for casual surfers and die-hard researchers alike. It offers deep research links in more than 25 categories.

Modern Languages:

How to Succeed: Tips on Studying a Foreign Language

Learning another language is not easy, but most people can learn a second language IF they are willing to put in the necessary time. Here are some practical suggestions for studying effectively, overcoming anxiety, and learning the grammar and skills necessary for success in foreign language classes.

Afraid of That Foreign Language Class? Find out What to Expect

Many students erroneously believe that if they are placed in a level beyond 101, it is a death sentence. Some insist that they cannot do the work because they " have forgotten everything" or simply had "a bad teacher in high school". Here at Marywood, you will be placed with other students with similar backgrounds and learning experience. You will be expected to learn what you are taught. If you can speak and understand everything the first day, you will be advanced to the next level. Learning a foreign language is a practical, but exciting journey that will yield many opportunities over your lifetime. The professors are here to guide you each step of the way and to challenge you to excel.

From #DayOne, Marywood is here for you each step of the way.


English (Literature)
English (Writing)
English/Secondary Education
Film, TV, Digital Production
Public Relations/Image Management
Spanish/Secondary Education
Sports Multimedia Communication


English Professional Writing
English Professional Writing
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