Communication Arts Major B.A.

Communication Arts Major B.A.

communication arts major

With expert faculty, a vast network of internship opportunities and a focus on hands-on learning, our communication arts program gives you the skills and experience to turn your passion into a profession.  

Communication Arts majors explore the creativity, artistry, and impact of human communication. The program offers a rich variety of learning experiences, including:
  • Working with cutting-edge digital media in state-of-the-art sound and video production studios and a high-definition editing suite with full Adobe creative cloud access.
  • Discovering how communication theories and practices shape personal identity, social skills, professional relationships, and human relations.
  • Enhancing your media writing, social media, public relations, and strategic communication skills.
  • Exploring the history of media using a super-tech screening room with surround sound.
  • Developing hands-on research activities, creative media projects, and internship experiences that link students with businesses, nonprofits, and the community.
To complete the major, students can take courses from across the Communication Arts curriculum, or they may choose to focus their coursework in one of four suggested areas of study: Advertising and Public Relations*, Cinema and Media Arts*, Digital Media*, or Human Relations**.
A degree in Communication Arts prepares students for today’s communication-driven society. The program offers students the knowledge and skills they need to succeed as professional communicators, media artists, and entrepreneurs working in a variety of careers. Our alumni have gone on to work in fields such as radio, television, film, web, digital video, corporate communications, journalism, public relations, social media, advertising, sales, strategic communication, audience research, counseling, conflict mediation, human resources, and more. A Communication Arts degree also creates pathways to careers in government, social services, public education, and community affairs, where employers seek graduates who can think creatively and communicate effectively to a variety of audiences and constituents.

Communication Arts faculty bring exceptional expertise to the classroom and are actively engaged in their own creative and scholarly work. They regularly share their knowledge with audiences around the state, the country, and the world. Some are also experienced professionals who bring current, real-world knowledge from the workplace to the classroom. In addition to classroom instruction, the program also provides students with exceptional access to experiential learning opportunities (internships, community-based research, service learning, and media production projects) that occur within real-life settings.


Your interests inspire what you study, allowing you to focus your degree with options in:

Curriculum & Requirements

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 128 credits and satisfy the University's Discovery Program and foreign language requirements. Communication Arts (CA) majors must complete 10 courses (40 credits) and maintain a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 in the major. Transfer students must complete at least 20 credits in the Communication Arts major at UNH. Communication Arts majors may use up to two CMN and/or CA courses toward both the Communication Arts major and UNH Discovery Program requirements.

I. Required Core Courses 1
CMN 455Introduction to Media Studies4
CMN 456Propaganda and Persuasion4
CMN 457Introduction to Language and Social Interaction4
II. Selected Coursework
Select three courses from area A, two from area B, two from area C 228
Total Credits40

A. Communication Practices

Select three of the following:12
Manipulating Media: Exploring Image and Sound Aesthetics
Introduction to Public Speaking
Media Writing
Internship/Communication in the Urban Community
Image and Sound
Techniques for News Reporting
Film Criticism
Relational Violence
Conflict in Relational Communication
Fundamentals of Video Production
Advanced Video Production
Fundamentals of Audio Prod
Advanced Topics in Digital Media Production
Advanced Screenwriting
Special Topics in Applied Communication
Graphic Design I
Graphic Design II
Multimedia: Introduction and Applications
Total Credits12

B. Communication Practices: Organization, History, and Policy

Select two of the following:8
Media Programming
Organization of Newswork
History of Film
History and Organization of Advertising
Typography I
Typography II
Health Communication
Communicating in Families
Public Relations
Social Media for Organizations and Business
Special Topics in Communication Organization, History, and Policy
21st Century Journalism: How the News Works
Total Credits8

C. Communication Practices: Theory and Research

Select two of the following:8
Research Methods in Media
Exploring Relationships
Communication Technologies and Culture
Theories of Relational Communication
Communication and Power
Film History/Theory and Method
Independent Study
Total Credits8

Capstone Requirement

The capstone requirement will be satisfied in a student's senior year by completion of a specific four-credit capstone course at the 600 or 700 levels. Students may not enroll in a capstone course until they have completed all three CA program core courses (CMN 455 Introduction to Media Studies, CMN 456 Propaganda and Persuasion, and CMN 457 Introduction to Language and Social Interaction) and all CA Area A and Area B requirements. The capstone course can also fulfill an Area C course requirement.

The capstone experience offers seniors an opportunity to synthesize and apply knowledge and skills gained throughout their communication arts major coursework. The capstone course requires students to conduct an original research study, a creative media project, an internship, community-based research, or an advanced service learning project in communication arts under the close supervision of a communication arts faculty member. Students are strongly encouraged to share their capstone projects with the larger UNH community through participation in the Undergraduate Research Conference, a presentation in the Brown Bag lunch series, publication in the UNH undergraduate journal Inquiry, or presentation in some other public venue. Students should work closely with their advisers to make sure the capstone requirement has been satisfied.

Courses that satisfy this requirement include, but are not limited to:

CA 601Exploring Relationships4
CA 612Narrative4
CA 614Communication and Power4
CA 615Film History/Theory and Method4
CA 720Seminar4
CA 795Independent Study4

 For more information, contact Jeff Klenotic, program coordinator, at (603) 641-4130 or, or contact the Office of Admissions, (603) 641-4150.

Explore Program Details

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 studios

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

Learn more about internships

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

Learn more about career planning

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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In partnership with the New Hampshire community colleges below, we've developed curriculum guides to show you which courses at your community college will transfer into UNH Manchester's communication arts program.

Click on a community college below to see transferable communication arts requirements.

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