The Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies promotes the critical study of social and cultural processes and products, texts, and interaction. We offer BA degrees in Communication Studies and Literatures in English; a Minor in Cultural Studies; MA, MPhil and PhD degrees in Communication Studies, Literatures in English and Cultural Studies; and an MFA in Creative Writing. Our multidisciplinary department is committed to advancing theory and methodology in and across these fields and creating a student-centred learning environment where students and faculty engage in teaching and learning as an academic community.
We develop strategies for interaction between creative processes and academic research particularly in our Practice-Based degrees in Cultural Studies and MFA in Creative Writing. All programmes in LCCS serve local, Caribbean communities through research and outreach while contributing to global debates and paradigms, and we seek to equip our students with critical thinking skills, confidence in independent research, fluency in academic and creative expression, and a growing sense of social responsibility.
Mission, aims, and objectives of the Department:
The mission of the Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies is to offer invigorating, creative and academically sound programmes designed to produce students who can think critically, communicate effectively, solve problems and interpret human experience with strong analytical, interpretive and expressive skills. We are committed to advancing theory and methods in Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies through the decolonisation of knowledge, social development and applied research.
Our aims are:
• To deliver sound academic programmes that emphasise the competent and creative delivery of material.
• To foster the development of critical thinking, analytical and expressive skills. • To provide learner-centred teaching environments that encourage independent thought and research.
• To encourage the appreciation of Caribbean, ancestral, diasporic cultures and other cultural heritages, through an engagement with local and global literatures and other cultural expressions.
• To foreground Caribbean perspectives on global literature, cultural expression and cultural practices.
• To analyses structures of power and the ways in which they intersect with identities to produce ways of life.
• To encourage the development of cross disciplinary thought, teaching and research. • To nurture an awareness of critical social issues and a commitment to social responsibility
Our objectives are:
• To have students who have a solid academic background in their respective disciplines (Literatures in English, Cultural Studies, Communication Studies)
• Have well-developed skills in oral and written communication.
• Produce sound academic arguments, applying interpretive and analytical skills. • Can engage in independent
• Can function effectively in a range of professions, including teaching, media, journalism, law, business, and creative writing.
• Are socially aware individuals and critical thinkers.