Communication Arts, B.A.

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Shaping skilled communicators through creativity, technology and hands-on experience

With expert faculty, state-of-the-art studios and a vast network of internship opportunities, our Communication Arts program gives you the skills and experience to turn your passion into a profession. Our highly interdisciplinary program opens doors to limitless career possibilities — shaping the next generation of filmmakers, journalists, HR specialists, marketers and beyond.

Recent data from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences shows that Communication Arts is the largest and most popular of the humanities disciplines. Part of this interest is because we live in a world where communication is a vital part of daily life, regardless of career or industry. But another part, potentially even more important, is the inherent flexibility that students find — not only during college, but in the job market after graduation.

Your interests inspire what you study, allowing you to focus your degree in areas like Cinema and Media Arts, Digital Media, Human Relations, Media History and Cultural Studies or News and Public Relations. Students can also take courses in graphic design, advertising design and typography through our partnership with the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

Through hands-on learning in our classrooms, in the field and in our audio, video and editing studios, you'll shape the interpersonal and technical communication skills you need for success in industries from media to business, healthcare, education and more.

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If you have an interest in a particular area, your faculty advisor will help you select courses that tailor your degree to the future you want. Students in Communication Arts can focus their studies in the following areas:

  • Cinema and Media Arts* prepares you for a career in radio, film and television with courses in audio and video production, screenwriting, narrative and more.
  • Digital Media* combines your media interests with computing skills, exploring topics like multimedia, web authoring and motion graphics.
  • Human Relations* lays the foundation for careers in human resources, social services, education and more by exploring how topics like gender, language and conflict affect how people communicate.
  • Media History and Cultural Studies develops your hands-on research skills in subjects like film history, graphic design and mobile media, giving you a deeper understanding of today’s media-driven culture.
  • News and Public Relations gives you the media savviness to succeed in the fast-paced world of reporting and PR, with courses in media writing, social media, advertising and more.

* Cinema and Media Arts, Digital Media and Human Relations are degree options that appear on the official UNH transcript and diploma.

To get your B.A. in Communication Arts, you’ll complete 128 credits between courses for the UNH Discovery Program and your major. Below is an example of what your four-year course sequence in this program might look like. Courses are subject to change.

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First Year - Fall Semester

  • UMST 401 – First Year Seminar:
    The focus of this seminar in not on a specific academic subject or field of study; instead, the focus is on the student. This course is intentionally designed and proactively delivered for the purpose of promoting personal success-in college and in life after college--by fostering the development of skills or strategies that are both applicable and valuable across subjects. The course focuses on the following topics: college expectations and opportunities, campus resources, learning styles and strategiesincluding lecture note-taking, test taking, memory and concentration; life management, goal setting, educational planning, career decision-making, health maintenance, diversity and instructor/student relationships. The course integrates personal growth, academic and career success with problem solving, critical and creative thinking.
  • ENGL 401 - First Year Writing, or Inquiry Course:
    Training to write more skillfully and to read with more appreciation and discernment. Frequent individual conferences for every student. 
  • CMN 455 – Introduction to Media Studies:
    Nature, development, and the effects of mass media. Overview of mass communication history and theory.
  • Quanitative Reasoning Course
  • Foreign Language I

First Year - Spring Semester

  • CMN 456 – Propaganda & Persuasion​:
    Introduction to theories of propaganda and persuasion. Examination of symbolic strategies designed to secure or resist social and institutional change. Attention given to case studies of social, political, economic, and religious reformation. Special consideration of the ethical ramifications of such efforts.
  • ENGL 401 - First Year Writing, or Inquiry Course:
    Training to write more skillfully and to read with more appreciation and discernment. Frequent individual conferences for every student. 
  • Discovery Course
  • Foreign Language II
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Second Year - Fall Semester

  • CMN 457 – Introduction to Language & Social Interaction​:
    An introduction to the study of the conversational basis of social reality. Presents an overview of interpersonal communication processes and the ways in which they influence the formation of identity, personal relationships, gender, interactional patterns, conflict, culture, and power. Readings and class material from a variety of authors in the communication discipline as well as related fields in the humanities and the social sciences.
  • Comm Arts, Area A1
  • Discovery Course
  • Discovery Course

Second Year - Spring Semester

  • Comm Arts, Area A1
  • Comm Arts, Area A2
  • Discovery Course
  • Discovery Course
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Third Year - Fall Semester

  • Comm Arts, Area B2
  • Discovery Course
  • Elective Course
  • Elective Course

Third Year - Spring Semester

  • Comm Arts, Area A1
  • Discovery Course
  • Elective Course
  • Elective Course
  •  

Fourth Year - Fall Semester

  • Comm Arts, Area C3
  • Elective Course
  • Elective Course
  • Elective Course

Fourth Year - Spring Semester

  • Comm Arts Capstone, Area C3
  • Elective Course
  • Elective Course
  • Elective Course or Internship

 

1 Area A contains courses that cover applied communication practices. Students must choose three courses (12 credits) from the following: CA 450, 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 506, 507, 508, 510, 512, 513, 514, 515, 516, 517, 518, 519, 520, 522, 523; CIS 515; HIST 690; PSYC 762

2 Area B contains courses that cover communication practices in organiztion, history and policy. Students must choose two courses (8 credits) from the following: CA 525, 526 OR ENGL 534 (not both); 527, 528, 531, 532, 533, 535, 537, 539, 540, 542, 550

2 Area C contains courses that cover communication practices in theory and research. Students must choose two courses (8 credits) from the following: CA 600, 601, 610, 611, 612,614, 615, 618, 720, 795

As a Communication Arts major, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art sound recording and video production studios, a high-definition editing lab and a brand-new digital media screening room with surround sound.

Video Production STUDio

From script to screen, bring your work to life in our state-of-the-art video studio and editing lab. Explore the artistry of digital media with high-definition cameras, green screen technology and industry standard editing software.

Audio Studio

The audio studio gives you the tools to record, edit and produce your original projects. Equipped with a digital recording booth, editing stations, control room and more, the studio is your haven for both audio and video production.

Take a virtual tour of our labs and studios. 

Internships

Our campus is in the heart of the region’s cultural, economic, entertainment and government activity — putting unlimited internship opportunities at your doorstep. We’ve partnered with local businesses to give you the real-world experience that sets you apart. Communication Arts majors have interned at many high-profile organizations in the area, including:

  • Granite United Way
  • NH1 News Network
  • New Hampshire Public Radio
  • N.H. Department of Environmental Services
  • Verizon Wireless Arena
  • WMUR-TV
Independent Study

An Independent Studies allows students to explore topics of interest which are not covered in regular course offerings. Students may choose to complete up to eight credits through an Independent Study with the approval and sponsorship of a UNH Manchester faculty member.

Senior Capstone

The Senior Capstone puts your classroom learning into action through an internship, creative media project, service learning assignment or original research study. Working closely with a faculty advisor, you’ll synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills you’ve gained throughout your college career to real-life scenarios.

Showcase your hard work and creativity to the UNH community by presenting at the annual Undergraduate Research Conference or publishing your work in Inquiry, the university’s undergraduate journal.

UNH Manchester students can now enroll in graphic design courses at New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) at no additional cost. NHIA's series of design courses complements and adds breadth to the communication arts curriculum, so you graduate with additional skills that set you apart in the workforce.

Communication Arts majors gain the interpersonal and communication skills that employers in all industries look for. With a highly flexible curriculum and the ability to personalize your studies, your Communication Arts degree will open doors to unlimited career and graduate education opportunities.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects positive growth in many communications-related professions between 2012 and 2024. Make an impact with career possibilities in any industry, from media to healthcare, education, counseling and beyond.

Job Title Job Growth Average Salary
Advertising, Promotions or Marketing 9% $124,850
Film/Video Editor or Camera Operator 11% $58,900
Graphic Designer 1% $46,900
Health Educator or Community Health Worker 13% $43,840
Market Research Analyst 19% $62,150
Meeting, Convention, and Event Planner 10% $46,840
Human Resource Specialist 5% $58,350
Multimedia Artist or Animator 6% $63,970
Producer or Director 9% $68,440
Public Relations Specialist 6% $56,770
Social or Community Service Manager 10% $64,530
Writer or Author 2% $60,250

Add breadth to your degree with a Communication Arts minor, giving you the interpersonal and communication skills that will set you apart to employers in any industry.

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Course Sequence

Interested in a sample course sequence for this program?

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Course Schedule

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