English/Journalism Major (B.A.)

http://cola.unh.edu/english

The English/journalism major focuses on the study and practice of rigorous reporting and nonfiction storytelling in many forms. It prepares students for careers in writing, editing, and digital journalism. It also incorporates the study of literature, an important foundation for critical thinking and storytelling. In addition to learning the basic skills of interviewing, fact gathering, verification, and writing in both news and feature styles, students are taught to produce stories for digital platforms using audio, photo, video, and more. These skills will launch successful careers in journalism or any vocation that requires strong research and communication skills.

English/journalism majors must complete ENGL 401 First-Year Writing with a B or better before taking the first journalism course, ENGL 534 21st Century Journalism: How the News Works. After completing ENGL 534 21st Century Journalism: How the News Works, majors may move on to ENGL 621 Writing and Reporting the News I.  Students must get a B or better in 621 to go on to ENGL 622 Writing and Reporting the News II and ENGL 631 Introduction to Digital Reporting-both courses are required for the major. 

ENGL 401First-Year Writing 14
ENGL 419Introduction to Literary Analysis 24
Select one pre-1800 literature course (select from list below)
Select one post-1800 literature course (select from list below)
Select one course that addresses race, the construction of race, and racial theories (select from list below)
ENGL 53421st Century Journalism: How the News Works4
ENGL 621Writing and Reporting the News I4
ENGL 622Writing and Reporting the News II4
ENGL 631Introduction to Digital Reporting4
Select two additional journalism courses from the following:8
Creative Nonfiction
Nonfiction: Form and Technique
Editing
Multimedia Storytelling
Sports Writing
Entrepreneurial Journalism
Capstone:
ENGL 720Journalism Internship1-16
Select a three-course concentration in another area 312
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With a B or better, or the AP or transfer credit equivalent

2

This must be completed with a minimum grade of C. ENGL 419 Introduction to Literary Analysis is the only 400-level class that may count towards the English Literature major. ENGL 403 Exploring Literature, ENGL 415s, "Literature and..." courses, and ENGL 444s will NOT count towards this major.

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Because media outlets expect even entry-level staff to have an area of expertise, English/journalism majors must take a three-course concentration in another field, such as sociology, German, environmental science, criminal justice, or other English disciplines (e.g., African American studies). Courses taken for a minor will count toward the three-course concentration.

Pre-1800 Literature Courses

ENGL 512British Literature I Age of Heroes: Beowulf to Dr. Faustus4
ENGL 513British Literature II Age of Revolutions: Shakespeare to Austen4
ENGL 657Shakespeare4
ENGL 741Literature of Early America4
ENGL 751Medieval Epic and Romance4
ENGL #753Old English4
ENGL 756Chaucer4
ENGL 758Shakespeare4
ENGL 759Milton4
ENGL #767Literature of the Restoration and Early 18th Century4
ENGL 768Literature of the Later 18th Century4
ENGL 780Drama of Shakespeare's Contemporaries4
ENGL 781English Drama, 1660-18004
ENGL 783English Novel of the 18th Century4

Other courses may count. Please see your advisor if you have questions about other courses that might fulfill this requirement.

Post-1800 Literature Courses

ENGL 514British Literature III: Monsters and Machines4
ENGL 515American Literature I Conquest Nation: First Contact to the Civil War4
ENGL 516American Literature II Money, Migration, and Modernity: Huck Finn to Beloved4
ENGL 609Ethnicity in America: The African American Experience in the 20th Century4
ENGL 650Studies in American Literature and Culture 14
ENGL 681Introduction to African Literatures in English4
ENGL 690Introduction to African American Literature in America4
ENGL 739American Indian Literature4
ENGL 742American Literature, 1815-18654
ENGL #743American Literature, 1865-19154
ENGL 744American Literature, 1915-19454
ENGL 745Contemporary American Literature4
ENGL 746Studies in American Drama4
ENGL 747Studies in American Poetry4
ENGL #748Studies in American Fiction4
ENGL #749Major American Authors4
ENGL #769English Romantic Period4
ENGL 771English Victorian Period4
ENGL #772English Victorian Period4
ENGL 773British Literature of the 20th Century4
ENGL 774British Literature of the 20th Century4
ENGL 777Postcolonial Novel4
ENGL #782Modern Drama4
ENGL 784English Novel of the 19th Century4
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If topic is appropriate. (Please see your advisor if you have questions about other courses that might fulfill this requirement.)

Other courses may count. Please see your advisor if you have questions about other courses that might fulfill this requirement.

Courses That Address Race, the Construction of Race, and Racial Theories

ENGL 517Introduction to African American Literature and Culture4
ENGL 550Introduction to the Literature and Culture of Race4
ENGL 609Ethnicity in America: The African American Experience in the 20th Century4
ENGL 690Introduction to African American Literature in America4
ENGL 738Topics in Asian American Studies4
ENGL 739American Indian Literature4
ENGL #740Indigenous New England4
ENGL 693Special Topics in Literature (subtopic R)4
ENGL 797Special Studies in Literature (subtopic R)4

Other courses may count. Please see your advisor if you have questions about other courses that might fulfill this requirement.

(Note: the course used to fulfill this requirement may be double counted as one of the pre-1800 and post-1800 literature courses required for this major.)

Certain courses publish student writing digitally, at times in collaboration with professional news outlets. Students are also encouraged to write and edit for student publications such as The New Hampshire and Main Street. Beyond these requirements, majors work at one media internship for a semester (ENGL 720 Journalism Internship). Students must get a least a B in 621 and permission of the 622 and 631 instructor to do the internship. A faculty member supervises the internships, which are central to the English/journalism major, requiring students to use their new skills in a professional environment.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major.

Majors entering the department in Fall 2012 and beyond may only count one online course toward their English major requirements.

Students interested in the English/journalism major should see Carla Cannizzaro, coordinator of the Department of English, 113 Hamilton Smith Hall, (603) 862-1313, or the director of the Journalism Program.