Professional and Technical Communications Major B.A.

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.

Students in the 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, legal writing and research, and technical writing.

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Curriculum & Requirements

For the Professional and Technical Communication 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 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.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Core Courses
ENGL 419Introduction to Literary Analysis4
ENGL 502Professional and Technical Writing4
ENGL 595Literary Topics (Digital Creative Writing)4
Development/Extension
ENGL 595Literary Topics (Business Writing)4
ENGL 602Advanced Professional and Technical Writing4
ENGL 694Special Topics in Creative Writing 14
Specialization/Practice
UMST 500Internship4
Select three courses of the following:12
Any 500, 600, or 700 level writing, communications, or journalism electives 2
21st Century Journalism: How the News Works (recommended)
English Grammar (recommended)
Total Credits40

 For more information, contact program coordinator Susanne Paterson at susanne.paterson@unh.edu or contact the Office of Admissions, (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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"BEST AMERICAN EXPERIMENTAL WRITING"

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.

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.

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CREATIVE WRITING

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

English

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.

LEGAL ADVOCACY

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.

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

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.

TESOL

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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