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 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 communication skills, 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 verbal and 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.

Option 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.

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 #582
Adult Development and Aging
PSYC 762
PSYC 791
Advanced Topics (Adult Development and Aging)
Select one of the following courses:4
CA 601
Exploring Relationships
CA 612
CA #614
Communication and Power
CA 795
Independent Study 2
CA 720
Seminar 2
Select one of the following courses:4
CA 501
Internship/Communication in the Urban Community 2
UMST 500
Internship 2
Total Credits24

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

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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.

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