English Studies: Professional and Technical Communications Major (B.A.)

English Studies: Professional and Technical Communications Major (B.A.)
Professional and Technical Communications Major, B.A.

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. This program fuses written and verbal English language skills with the critial and analytical thinking abilities that today's employers look for.


What is professional and technical communications?

The field of professional and technical communications involves developing transferable skill sets in oral and written communication that prepare you to excel in any professional environment. The ability to communicate complex information clearly and accurately to diverse audiences is integral in many industries, from business to technology to law. Designed with your career in mind, the professional and technical communications program at UNH Manchester prepares you to become an accomplished digital-age communicator.

Why study professional and technical communications at UNH Manchester?

The only program of its kind in the state, professional and technical communications students at UNH Manchester are uniquely prepared with real-world experiences tailored to their own career ambitions—and focused on the applied skills that today’s employers particularly value. You'll not only develop critical thinking and strong written and verbal communication skills, but you'll also learn to communicate and collaborate in specializations of your choice, including new media journalism, creative nonfiction, business writing, legal writing and research, and technical writing.

Potential careers

  • Advertising executive
  • Author
  • Copyeditor
  • Copywriter
  • Corporate communications manager
  • Creative director
  • Digital entrepreneur
  • Grants manager
  • Journalist
  • Managing editor
  • Marketing or public relations director
  • Public information officer
  • Technical writer
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Curriculum & Requirements

Students in the English Studies: Professional and Technical Communications program study to become accomplished digital-age communicators. You'll develop transferable skill sets in oral and written communication that prepare you to excel in any professional environment. In addition, you'll learn to communicate and collaborate in specializations of your choice — including, among others, new media journalism, creative nonfiction, business writing, and technical writing.

For more information, contact Susanne Paterson, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator or the UNH Manchester Office of Admissions at (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
FallCredits
UMST 401
or UMST 402
First Year Seminar
or Transfer Seminar
1-2
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
Discovery Course 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective 4
 Credits17-18
Spring
Quantitative Reasoning 4
ENGL 419 How to Read Anything 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
Foreign Language 4
PTC 500 Business Communication 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Spring
Foreign Language 4
ENGL 502 Professional and Technical Writing 4
ENGL 595 Literary Topics (Digital Creative Writing) 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
Any 500, 600, or 700-level writing, communications, or journalism electives 4
ENGL 694 Special Topics in Creative Writing 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Spring
ENGL 602 Advanced Professional and Technical Writing 4
Any 500, 600, or 700-level writing, communications, or journalism electives 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
UMST 500 Internship 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Spring
Any 500, 600, or 700-level writing, communications, or journalism electives 4
Elective 4
Elective 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
 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

For the English Studies: Professional and Technical Communications 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 internship requirement.

Students must earn C or higher in ENGL 419 How to Read Anything, ENGL 502 Professional and Technical Writing, and ENGL 595 Literary Topics in order for these classes to count towards the major.

Core Courses
ENGL 419How to Read Anything4
ENGL 502Professional and Technical Writing4
ENGL 595Literary Topics (Digital Creative Writing)4
Development/Extension
ENGL 602Advanced Professional and Technical Writing4
ENGL 694Special Topics in Creative Writing 14
PTC 500Business Communication4
Specialization/Practice
UMST 500Internship 24
Select three courses of the following disciplines:12
Any 500, 600, or 700 level writing, communications, or journalism electives 3,4
Total Credits40
1

Can be duplicated for credit, provided the topics are different.

2

Capstone course. Students must have earned 90 credits before completing the internship for capstone credit. If students wish to do an internship before senior class standing, they must consult with the program coordinator to designate an upper-level course as a capstone course.

3

ENGL 791 English Grammar is recommended.

4

These courses may be selected from the Communication Arts program and/or other programs, with program coordinator approval.

English Studies Program Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Produce clear, compelling, contextually appropriate and well-supported writing.
  • Engage with writing as a rhetorical, collaborative, and recursive process from invention to product.
  • Demonstrate versatility in writing and speaking within a variety of academic and professional contexts and platforms (including professional and vocational contexts in the form of internships and/ or capstone projects).
  • Expertly read and analyze texts--literary and non-literary--from diverse time periods, genres, and authorial perspectives.
  • Recognize language as culturally, historically, and socially constructed.
  • Adeptly use information literacy and technology skills.

Explore Program Details

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: 

Learn more about internships

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.

Learn more about career planning

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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.

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