Professional and Technical Communications Option

Students in the Professional and Technical Communications option study to become accomplished digital-age communicators. You'll not only develop transferable skill-sets in oral and written communication that prepare you to excel in any professional environment, but you'll also learn to communicate and collaborate in specializations of your choice — including, among others, new media journalism, creative nonfiction, business writing, legal writing and research, and technical writing.

CORE

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

ENGL 419/429

Introduction to Literary Analysis [Writing Intensive]

4

ENGL 502

Professional & Technical Writing

4

ENGL 595

Digital Creative Writing

4

DEVELOPMENT/ EXTENSION

ENGL 595

Business Writing

4

ENGL 602

Advanced Professional & Technical Writing

4

ENGL 694*

Course in writing, journalism, or nonfiction

4

SPECIALIZATION/

PRACTICE

Choose 3, plus Internship

ENGL 791

English Grammar

4

ENGL 534

21st Century Journalism

4

USMT 500

Internship Course

4

LAS 5/6/7xxs/ENGL 5/6/7xxs/797s

Courses in writing, journalism; appropriate courses in Communication Arts and allied Programs; Senior Colloquium

4

TOTAL

 

 

40

* ENGL 694 is a course designation for Special Topics in Creative Writing (subjects vary). Such courses can be duplicated for credit provided the topics are different.

To get your B.A. in Literary Arts & Studies: Professional and Technical Communications, 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 the Professional and Technical Communications option might look like. Courses are subject to change.

  
FIRST YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
ENGL 419/429 - Introduction to Literary Analysis (INQ) ENGL 502 - Professional & Technical Writing
ENGL 595 - Digital Creative Writing Discovery Quantitative Reasoning Course
ENGL 401 – First Year Writing Discovery Course (with lab)
Discovery Course Discovery Course

SECOND YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
ENGL 602 - Advanced Professional & Technical Writing ENGL 595 - Business Writing
Course in Writing/Journalism/Nonfiction Discovery Course
Discovery Course Discovery Course
Foreign Language I Foreign Language II

THIRD YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course in Writing/Journalism/Nonfiction Course in Writing/Journalism/Nonfiction
Discovery Course Elective Course*
Discovery Course Elective Course*
Elective Course* Elective Course

FOURTH YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
UMST 500 - Internship Course Course in Writing/Journalism/Nonfiction or Senior Colloquium
Elective Course* Elective Course
Elective Course* Elective Course
Elective Course Elective Course

*We recommend using five electives toward a minor to supplement your degree and broaden your marketability.

Best American Experimental Writing

Each year, two LAS students will have the opportunity to work as editorial assistants for Best American Experimental Writing (BAX), an annual anthology of experimental poetry and prose published by Wesleyan University Press. As one of only twelve "Best American" anthologies in the United States—and the only one explicitly devoted to avant-garde writing—BAX has a very high profile nationally.

In this role, students will broaden their communicative skill-sets and organizational experience by participating in all stages of production. Students will coordinate with authors, copyedit proofs, manage the anthology's social media presence, contribute to sales and submission initiatives, and more.

The Manchester Independent Newspaper

The Manchester Independent is a student-run, university-affiliated, citywide newspaper that covers the news in the Greater Manchester area. Students will be able to contribute to the online/print hybrid publication as editors, reporters, or columnists as part of internship and capstone experiences.

Students will build interviewing and reporting skills, learn to work collaboratively, and get a critical behind-the-scenes view of the opportunities and obstacles involved in urban media coverage.