Professional and Technical Communications, B.A.

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Shaping the next generation of innovative thinkers and communicators

Designed with your career in mind, the Professional and Technical Communications program prepares you to become an accomplished digital-age communicator. 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.

You’ll have the opportunity to be part of one of two on-campus publications: The Manchester Independent, a digital newspaper covering the Greater Manchester area, and Best American Experimental Writing, an annual, nationally distributed anthology of innovative literary art. 

The only program of its kind in the state, Professional and Technical Communications graduates are uniquely prepared with real-world experiences tailored to their own career ambitions—and focused on the applied skills that employers particularly value.

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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. 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.

INTERNSHIPS & CAPSTONE

Central to the curricular experience of this program is the requirement to complete either an internship, which places you in a variety of business and organizational settings under the direction of a faculty adviser and workplace supervisor, or a Capstone course. Our campus is in the heart of the region’s economic activity — putting unlimited internship opportunities at your feet. We’ve partnered with local businesses to give you the real-world experience that sets you apart. Professional and Technical Communications majors have interned at many high-profile organizations in the area, including: 

BEST AMERICAN EXPERIMENTAL WRITING

Each year, two 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.

Professional and Technical Communications majors develop the five skills that, according to large-scale polls of employers, are most in-demand in the job market: critical thinking, creative thinking, written communication, oral communication, and the ability to collaborate as part of a team.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects positive growth in many professions associated with the literary arts and literary studies between 2016 and 2026. As a Professional and Technical Communications major, you’ll graduate with a type of expertise and experience that is not just rare, but uncommonly transferable. The skill-sets organizations most covet — the ability to think critically, communicate effectively, and imagine audaciously — are all central to the program, preparing you for a rewarding career or graduate study in publishing, journalism, digital media, advertising, politics, law, education, and more.

Here are just a few of the many careers you'll be prepared for:

  • Advertising Executive
  • Attorney
  • Author
  • Copyeditor
  • Copywriter
  • Corporate Communications Manager
  • Creative Director
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Digital Entrepreneur
  • English Literature Scholar/Professor
  • Event Planner
  • Film/Television Executive
  • Grants Manager
  • Journalist
  • Librarian
  • Managing Editor
  • Marketing Director
  • Museum Curator
  • Nonprofit Executive Director
  • Public Information Officer
  • Public Relations Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Social Worker
  • Technical Writer
  • TESOL Instructor

CREATIVE WRITING

Our innovative, interdisciplinary, and transmedia Creative Writing minor is tailored to your individual interests as a digital-age creator for print, stage, and screen. LEARN MORE

ENGLISH

Deepen your appreciation of literary analysis, exploring and writing about print, digital, and multimedia texts focusing on a variety of periods and themes. LEARN MORE

LEGAL ADVOCACY

Develop the skill-sets and knowledge bases that will help you succeed in law school, as well as in any political, media, or nonprofit career path in which strong oral and written advocacy skills are required. LEARN MORE

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Acquire skills in professional, technical, and cross-disciplinary writing and communication, as well as hands-on learning through an internship at a local business or organization. These skills are highly sought-after by employers, regardless of your major. LEARN MORE

TESOL

Acquire the academic skills necessary to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages outside the K-12 school setting, to lay a foundation for graduate study in Education and ESOL teaching certification, and to work with international communities, whether at home or abroad. LEARN MORE

Visit courses.unh.edu and select "Courses at Manchester" to see our course schedules and descriptions.