Texas Lutheran University offers a unique perspective for studying both English and communications through its innovative joint department. Combining traditional literary inquiry with more recent exploration into media and technology, the department of English and communication studies offers the best of both worlds through an individual major in either English studies or communication studies, or through an increasingly marketable double major.

Communication & English Studies programs

Bachelor's Degrees in Communication & English Studies

  • Major in Communication Studies (B.A.)
    • with specializations available in:
      • Media Organization Management: rhetoric & leadership, professional communication, journalism
      • Entertainment Studies/Journalism: media studies, rhetoric & leadership, journalism
      • Cultural Studies: rhetoric & leadership, media studies, culture & identity
      • Nonprofit Leadership: rhetoric & leadership, professional communication, culture & identity
      • Technology & Culture: media studies, journalism, culture & identity
  • Major in English Studies (B.S.)
    • with specializations available in: literature, writing

Minors Communication & English Studies

  • Communication Studies
  • English Studies
View the Course Catalog for degree requirements and courses offered.
Why TLU?
Studying communication and English at TLU allows students to take command of the English language, its rich history, complex forms and devices and transform it into a tool for effective communication. Student publications have adopted the modern age through online printing and social media. Skills and portfolios are further developed through a student communication agency designed to assist on- and off-campus clients with public relations project. English studies students also have the opportunity for publishing creative works.
Communication & English Studies Faculty
Chris Bollinger
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Chris Bollinger, Associate Professor and Department Chair; Bachelor of Science from Regis University in Denver, Colorado; Master of Science from the University of Charleston in West Virginia; Doctorate from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
 
Dr. Bollinger teaches in the area of cultural studies, gender, ethics, and applied communication. He has taught courses, published work, and conducted workshops in the areas of critical pedagogy, gender violence, hate studies, and violence prevention, intervention, and response.

Beth Barry
Lecturer
Beth Barry, Lecturer; Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri-Columbia; Master of Fine Arts from Texas State University.
Professor Barry teaches in the Freshman Composition and Freshman Experience programs at TLU. Her primary interest as a writer is in therapeutic humor.

Robin Bisha
Associate Professor
Robin Bisha, Associate Professor; Bachelor of Arts from The University of South Florida; Master of Arts from Indiana University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Doctorate from Indiana University.
 
Dr. Bisha brings a solid grounding in mass communication, history and Russian to her teaching and scholarship. She teaches courses in journalism, leadership, public relations and other mass communication areas. She also advises the campus newspaper and feature/literary magazine. Dr. Bisha has published widely on Russia and is currently pursuing scholarly and creative interests in environmental communication and community building. Her scholarly projects include analysis the work of women who have won the Nobel Peace Prize. Bisha has traveled extensively in Russia and the former Soviet Union and has begun to explore the Francophone world.

Collin Bost
Visiting Instructor of Composition

Ryan Davidson
P/T Instructor

Leslie Edwards
Visiting Assistant Professor
Leslie Edwards, Visiting Assistant Professor; Bachelor and Master of Arts from the University of Louisiana; Doctorate from Texas A&M University.
 
Dr. Edwards teaches Freshmen Composition at Texas Lutheran University. Her primary research interests are rhetoric and composition, professional writing, Modernist literary studies, gender studies, and the politics of space. In addition to teaching she enjoys working in academic administration and served as the registrar at Rocky Mountain College.

Margaret Gonzales
Assistant Professor of English, Director of Composition
After four years at Collin College, just north of Dallas, Dr. Margaret Gonzales comes to Texas Lutheran University with a passion for guiding students through the process of becoming better critical readers, writers and thinkers. Originally from Chicago, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in rhetoric and composition. During her time at UIC, she served as an assistant director of the writing center, as well as the online tutoring coordinator. Currently, Dr. Gonzales is revising her dissertation, “The Other Side of the Digital Divide: Computer and Internet Literacy on the Southeast Side of Chicago,” for publication. The thesis is an ethnographic study conducted in the low-income, minority community where she grew up. In addition to composition and rhetoric, she enjoys new media studies, postcolonial British literature, the politics of food production, cooking and spending time with her dogs.

Pamela Johnston
Associate Professor; Director of the Center for Women's Studies
Pamela Johnston, Associate Professor of English; Bachelor of Arts from The University of Idaho; Master of Arts from Kansas State University; Master of Fine Arts from The University of Iowa; Doctorate from The University of Missouri-Columbia.
 
Dr. Johnston teaches creative writing and American literature with a specific emphasis on feminist fiction. She also directs the Center for Women’s Studies and the Women’s Studies minor. Her novel, Little Lost River, was published by the University of Nevada Press in spring 2008; her shorter work, both fiction and non-fiction, has appeared in a wide variety of print and online publications. Johnston is the author of a food blog, The Family Foodie, and is currently at work on a second novel.

Jean-Pierre Metereau
Professor
Jean-Pierre Méteréau, Professor; Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Doctorate from Indiana University.
 
While teaching at The University of Chad, Dr. Méteréau developed a strong interest in African literature and film, which has expanded into both teaching and scholarly pursuits in post-colonial literature and theory. He has a strong interest in translation and teaches courses at all levels in the department of English and Communication Studies.

Steven Vrooman
Associate Professor
Ph.D. in Rhetoric from Arizona State University in hand, Steve Vrooman arrived in Seguin in August, 2000, and he has been the professor you either love or hate ever since. Students have long claimed that he ruins their lives by destroying their childhoods in his pop culture classes. They also claim that he makes it impossible for them to look at Power Point ever again after his public speaking classes. In his new book, The Zombie Guide to Public Speaking, Dr. Vrooman finally unites these super powers into one fiendish device with which to rule the world. He has supplemented this reign of terror by recently achieving his childhood dream of appearing in a Star Wars movie, albeit as a talking head in the documentary The People Versus George Lucas. In addition to regular courses in rhetoric, film studies and public speaking, he has taught courses on zombies, the 2012 apocalypse, film noir, science fiction, comic books, social movements, Joss Whedon, game design, women directors, the ethics of marriage, ghosts and aliens, and vampire films. More information can be found at faculty.tlu.edu/svrooman.