English Studies: Digital Language Arts Major (B.A.)

English Studies: Digital Language Arts Major (B.A.)

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Creating impactful writers and producers for the digital age

A 21st century reimagination of one of the nation’s oldest academic disciplines, our career-driven English and writing programs prepare students with the skills considered most important for success in the job market. Digital Language Arts fuses written English language skills with visual art, modern culture and media to prepare you for a wide range of fields. You may also be interested in our Literary Studies and Professional and Technical Communications programs.

What is digital language arts?

Digital language arts combines creative writing with the world of digital creative production. A fusion of writing, visual art, modern culture and media, a degree in digital language arts builds the communication skills, theoretical knowledge and real-world experience to thrive in today’s digital media landscape. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects positive growth in many professions associated with the literary and digital arts between 2016 and 2026. As a digital language arts major, you’ll graduate with a type of expertise and experience that is not just rare but uncommonly transferable.

Why study digital language arts at UNH Manchester?

Digital language arts is a regionally distinctive program designed to mesh your creative writing interests with the world of digital creative production. This major focuses on many of the skills considered important for success in the job market: critical and creative thinking, creative writing, written and oral communication, and the ability to collaborate as part of a team. With courses in areas from visual and digital narratives to experimental creative writing, from virtual reality to metamodern poetics, this major offers a digital-age curriculum that is innovative, entrepreneurial and cross-disciplinary. You’ll build high-level skills in critical and creative thinking through the creation and development of digital-age projects in environments from print to virtual reality.

Potential careers

  • Advertising executive
  • Author
  • Copyeditor
  • Copywriter
  • Corporate communications manager
  • Creative director
  • Digital entrepreneur
  • Film/television executive
  • Journalist
  • Managing editor
  • Public relations or marketing director
  • Screenwriter
  • Technical writer


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Curriculum & Requirements

Students in the Digital Language Arts program develop high-level critical and creative thinking skills by planning and constructing innovative, entrepreneurial digital-age projects. By conceptualizing, theorizing, and authoring cutting-edge ideas for both art and business, you'll learn to excel in every type of literacy necessary for success in the digital marketplace. This includes, in addition to conventional print literacy, literacies in visual, audiovisual, digital, transmedia, performative, augmented reality, augmented virtuality, and virtual reality environments.

For the Digital Language Arts program at UNH Manchester, students must complete a minimum of 128 credits and satisfy the University's Discovery Program and foreign language requirements, and complete a minimum of 40 credits in major coursework with a grade of C- or higher. The major requirements consist of a minimum of 10 courses. These 10 courses (40 credits) must include the capstone requirement. Students in the major must earn C or higher to pass ENGL 419 Introduction to Literary Analysis, ENGL 502 Professional and Technical Writing, and ENGL 595 Literary Topics: Digital Creative Writing. One literary theory/poetics course is required.


Core Courses
ENGL 419How to Read Anything4
ENGL 502Professional and Technical Writing4
ENGL 595Literary Topics (Digital Creative Writing)4
ENGL 694Special Topics in Creative Writing (Experimental Narratives)4
ENGL 694Special Topics in Creative Writing (Visual Narratives)4
ENGL elective 14
ENGL 787English Major Seminar 24
ENGL 797Special Studies in Literature 34
ENGL 791English Grammar4
ENGL elective 44
Total Credits40

 For more information, contact Susanne Paterson, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, at  Susanne.Paterson@unh.edu or the UNH Manchester Office of Admissions at (603) 641-4150.

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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. Digital language arts majors have interned at many high-profile organizations in the area, including: 

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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.


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


Our English minor helps you deepen your appreciation of literary analysis, exploring and writing about print, digital and multimedia texts focusing on a variety of periods and themes.


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 by pursuing a legal advocacy minor.


Acquire skills in professional, technical, and cross-disciplinary writing and communication in our professional writing minor, 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.


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

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