Communication Arts Major: Human Relations Option (B.A.)

Communication Arts Major: Human Relations Option (B.A.)
human relations option

Explore the communication skills crucial to human relationships in today's complex workplace and society

What is human relations?

Human relations explores the relationships with or between people, particularly in a professional context. Students who choose this field are interested in the psychological and sociological foundations of human behavior. Human relations students learn how to analyze, understand and accept differing perspectives in order to create a more communicative, effective society. A degree in human relations can lead to careers in corporate business, education, government and more, as well as to graduate study in fields like psychology, social work, sociology and education.

Why study human relations at UNH Manchester?

The communication arts: human relations option 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. HR students explorepractical, theoretical and historical perspectives on the study of human relationships in professional and personal contexts.With so many of today’s employers emphasizing the value of communicationskills, HR students are well positioned with the oral, written and collaborative skills that stand out on a resume. Hands-on learning is central to the program through an internship in HR,as well as through courses in verbaland nonverbal communication, identity, conflict, human resource management, social psychology, human development and more.

Potential careers

  • Account coordinator
  • Client relationship manager
  • Event planner
  • Health educator
  • Human relations specialist/director
  • Labor relations specialist
  • Project manager
  • Public outreach coordinator
  • Public relations specialist
  • Recruiter or sales executive
  • Social/community services counselor

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Curriculum & Requirements

Students choosing the Communication Arts Human Relations option explore practical, theoretical, and historical perspectives on the study of human relationships in professional and personal contexts. With so many of today’s employers emphasizing the value of human communication skills in potential employees, the Human Relations Option offers students the knowledge and hands-on learning they need to develop their oral and written communication skills, as well as their ability to work in teams. Coursework covers topics such as verbal and nonverbal communication, perception, identity, conflict, human resource management, power, health, social psychology, human development, and counseling.  An internship in the area of human relations is required.

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

This degree plan is a sample and does not reflect the impact of transfer credit or current course offerings. UNH Manchester undergraduate students will develop individual academic plans with their professional advisor during the first year at UNH.

Sample Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
UMST 401
or UMST 402
First Year Seminar
or Transfer Seminar
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
CMN 455 Introduction to Media Studies 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective 4
Quantitative Reasoning 4
CMN 456 Propaganda and Persuasion 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective 4
Second Year
Foreign Language 4
CMN 457 Introduction to Language and Social Interaction 4
Major Elective 4
Discovery Course 4
Foreign Language 4
Major Elective 4
Major Elective 4
Discovery Course 4
Third Year
Major Elective 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective 4
Elective 4
Major Elective 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective 4
Elective 4
Fourth Year
Major Elective 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective 4
Elective 4
Major Elective 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective 4
Elective 4
 Total Credits129-130

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement: Yes

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

Major Requirements

Students must complete all of the Communication Arts major requirements and will work with their academic advisor to select courses that also satisfy option requirements.

Human Relations Option Requirements

The option in Human Relations consists of 24 credits as distributed below. Note that some courses may also be used to fulfill the requirements of the Communication Arts major. Courses applied to the option must be completed with a minimum grade of C- and overall GPA of 2.0. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 12 credits, including the Human Relations Internship, at UNH Manchester.

Select four of the following courses: 116
ANTH 411
Global Perspectives on the Human Condition: An Introduction to Anthropology
BUS 455
Management of Human Resources
CA 507
Relational Violence
CA 508
Conflict in Relational Communication
CA 520
Special Topics in Applied Communication 2
CA 538
CA 539
Communicating in Families
CA 542
Social Media for Organizations and Business
CA 550
Special Topics in Communication Organization, History, and Policy 2
INTR 438
A Socio-cultural Perspective on the Deaf Community
PSYC 401
Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 552
Social Psychology
PSYC 581
Child Development
PSYC 762
PSYC 791
Special Topics (Adult Development and Aging)
Select one of the following courses:4
CA 612
CA 720
Seminar 2
CA 795
Independent Study 2
Select one of the following courses:4
CA 501
Internship/Communication in the Urban Community 2
UMST 500
Internship 2
Total Credits24

At least two courses must be above the 400 level.


Topic must be related to Human Relations.

Upon completion of the Communication Arts program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze how creativity, artistry, narrative, identity, persuasion, and ethics shape messages and relationships produced within a variety of social, organizational, and industry contexts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills that give them expertise and proficiency in areas such as human relations, social media, digital video, audio production, graphic design, writing, and speaking.
  • Know the history of communication practices and understand how media technologies and messages have impacted societies, cultures, organizations, and businesses.
  • Effectively research and creatively explore communication practices, experiences, and trends using high quality sources of information, multiple modes of inquiry, and multiple presentation formats.
  • Identify professional interests or career paths by working with the Internship and Career Planning Office and by engaging with communication settings outside the classroom through internships, service learning, field trips, and independent studies.

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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

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
Market Research Analyst 19% $62,150
Meeting, Convention, and Event Planner 10% $46,840
Human Resource Specialist 5% $58,350
Social or Community Service Manager 10% $64,530

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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.

Questions? Contact an Admission Counselor for help.

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