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, legal writing and research, and technical writing.

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 in the major must earn C or higher to pass ENGL 419 How to Read AnythingENGL 502 Professional and Technical Writing, and ENGL 595 Literary Topics: Digital Creative Writing.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

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

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.

  • Write Clearly  
  • Speak Articulately  
  • Read Closely  
  • Evaluate and Present Evidence Accurately 
  • Use Quantitative Data Precisely  
  • Apply Reasoning Correctly  
  • Engage with Artistic Creation and Expression Imaginatively  
  • Work both independently and collaboratively  
  • Develop Cross-Cultural Literacy  
  • Work with New Forms of Media to Develop Technological Literacy  
  • Understand Language and Culture in Context through Historical Literacy  
  • Analyze, Organize, Make Sense of Information through Information Literacy  
  • Appreciate the Aesthetics of Language, Particularly through Literature  
  • Understand the Usefulness of Language for Manipulating Abstract Ideas and Understand Complex Issues 
  • Comprehend the Correspondence between Sharpness of Thought and Aptness of Expression 
  • Understand the Rhetorical Nature of Writing  
  • Consider the Needs of Real Audiences  
  • Analyze and Practice Writing in a Variety of Genres  
  • Recognize Writing Process as Iterative and Complex 
  • Learn and Apply Theories of Writing Ø Measured by course papers, projects, and presentations
  • Study Literature Extensively—from Different Time Periods, Locations, Authors 
  • Use Vocational Opportunities

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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. Professional and technical communications majors have interned at many high-profile organizations in the area, including: 

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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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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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