English/Journalism Major (B.A.)

https://cola.unh.edu/english/program/ba/englishjournalism-major

In our digital age, the ability to evaluate, edit, package and communicate information has become crucial to many, if not most, careers. Founded on the study of literature, the oldest form of story-telling, our English/journalism major prepares students for success in the media or any vocation that requires strong research and communications skills. Learn the basics: interviewing, fact gathering, verification and writing in both news and feature styles. Then broaden your repertoire by producing stories for digital platforms using audio, photo, video and data visualization. 

English/journalism majors must complete ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 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 Newswriting.  

ENGL 401First-Year Writing 14
ENGL 419How to Read Anything 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 621Newswriting4
ENGL 631Digital Reporting4
Select three additional journalism courses from the following:8
Creative Nonfiction
Travel Writing
Editing
Multimedia Storytelling
Advanced Reporting
Feature Writing
Issues in Journalism
Sports Writing
Entrepreneurial Journalism
Capstone:
ENGL 720Journalism Internship1-16
Select a three-course concentration in another area 312
Pre-1800 Literature Courses
British Literature I Age of Heroes: Beowulf to Dr. Faustus
British Literature II Age of Revolutions: Shakespeare to Austen
Literary Topics (if topic is appropriate)
Shakespeare
Special Topics in Literature (if topic is appropriate)
Early American Literature: Colonialism, Revolution, Nation
Medieval Romance
Old English
Chaucer
Advanced Shakespeare
Advanced Shakespeare
Milton
Literature of the Restoration and Early 18th Century
Literature of the Later 18th Century
Drama of Shakespeare's Contemporaries: Will and Company
English Novel of the Eighteenth Century
English Major Seminar (if topic is appropriate)
English Major Seminar (if topic is appropriate)
Post-1800 Literature Courses
British Literature III: Revolts, Renewals, Migrations
American Literature II Money, Migration, and Modernity: Huck Finn to Beloved
Literary Topics (if topic is appropriate)
Ethnicity in America: The African American Experience in the 20th Century
Literature and the Environment
I Hear America Singing: Studying American Literature and Culture
Contemporary African Literature
African American Literature
Special Topics in Literature (if topic is appropriate)
Asian American Studies
American Indian Literature
American Literature, 1865-1915: The Birth of the American Empire
Contemporary American Literature
Major American Authors
Studies in American Poetry
Victorian Love Poetry
Literary Modernisms: Return, Revolt, Recycle
Modern & Contemporary British Literature: New Departures
Modern Irish Literature: A Changing Landscape
The English Novel in the World
Modern and Contemporary Drama
English Novel of the 19th Century
English Major Seminar (if topic is appropriate)
English Major Seminar (if topic is appropriate)
Special Studies in Literature (Race & Racial Theories) (if topic is appropriate)
Race, the Construction of Race, and Racial Theory Courses
On Race in Culture and Society
On Race and Culture in Society
Black Creative Expression
In the Groove: African American Music as Literature
Introduction to the Literature and Culture of Race
Introduction to Latinx Literature and Culture
Introduction to Women in Literature
Ethnicity in America: The African American Experience in the 20th Century
I Hear America Singing: Studying American Literature and Culture
African American Literature
Special Topics in Literature (subtopic R)
Special Topics in Literature
Asian American Studies
American Indian Literature
American Literature, 1865-1915: The Birth of the American Empire
Major American Authors
Advanced Shakespeare
Modern & Contemporary British Literature: New Departures
Race and Gender in Film and Popular Culture
English Major Seminar
Special Studies in Literature (Race & Racial Theories)

(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.)

Please see your advisor if you have questions about other courses that might fulfill these requirements.

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 Magazine. Beyond these requirements, majors work at one media internship for a semester (ENGL 720 Journalism Internship). Students must get a B or better in ENGL 621 Newswriting, complete ENGL 631 Digital Reporting and have permission of the ENGL 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.

English/journalism majors may use one major-required course to satisfy one Discovery category requirement.

Majors may only count one online course toward their English major requirements.

Students interested in the English/journalism major should see Carla Cannizzaro, academic/career counselor, Department of English, 230F Hamilton Smith Hall, (603) 862-1313, or the director of the Journalism Program, Prof. Tom Haines.

English Department Student Learning Outcomes: Undergraduate program Undergraduate students in the English Department at the University of New Hampshire have many options as they advance to degree. They can choose to complete a general English major or opt to follow one of several specialized tracks: English Literature, Journalism, English Teaching, and Linguistics.

I. All undergraduate English majors acquire the same core skills. These include:

  • Proficiency in analytical writing, critical thinking, and public-speaking.
  • Knowledge of important literary genres and subgenres
  • Fluency in literary terminology,
  • A broad understanding of British-and-American literature, from the medieval period in England and the moment of first contact in America to the present day.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in writing an analytical essay that offers a sophisticated close-reading or explication of a literary text. This essay will have a clear thesis and proceed in a logical fashion, with interpretive claims supported by evidence from the text.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in literary research and in writing an extended thesis-driven research paper in which sources are correctly and responsibly cited.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how to read across the color line in the US and /or how to analyze literary works written in English from outside the UK and the US--from India, Africa, and the Caribbean, for example.

II. Students in our major tracks acquire the following specialized skills.

(1) English / Journalism majors will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in a wide range of reporting skills (i.e., finding trends, understanding context, editing, and so forth).
  • Find and interview credible sources.
  • Know how to write feature articles, profiles, and other kinds of news stories.

(2) English Teaching Majors will be able to:

  • Design activities, lessons, and units to meet established standards and objectives in writing and language.