Communication Arts Major: Human Relations Option (B.A.)

Students choosing the Communication Arts Human Relations option explore practical, theoretical, and historical perspectives on the study of human relationships in professional and personal contexts. With so many of today’s employers emphasizing the value of human communication skills in potential employees, the Human Relations Option offers students the knowledge and hands-on learning they need to develop their oral and written communication skills, as well as their ability to work in teams. Coursework covers topics such as verbal and nonverbal communication, perception, identity, conflict, human resource management, power, health, social psychology, human development, and counseling.  An internship in the area of human relations is required.

Option Requirements

Students must complete all of the Communication Arts major requirements and will work with their academic advisor to select courses that also satisfy option requirements.

The option in Human Relations consists of 24 credits as distributed below. Note that some courses may also be used to fulfill the requirements of the Communication Arts major. Courses applied to the option must be completed with a minimum grade of C- and overall GPA of 2.0. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 12 credits, including the Human Relations Internship, at UNH Manchester.

Select four of the following courses: 116
Global Perspectives on the Human Condition: An Introduction to Anthropology
Management of Human Resources
Relational Violence
Conflict in Relational Communication
Special Topics in Applied Communication 2
Communicating in Families
Social Media for Organizations and Business
Special Topics in Communication Organization, History, and Policy 2
A Socio-cultural Perspective on the Deaf Community
Introduction to Psychology
Social Psychology
Child Development
Special Topics (Adult Development and Aging)
Select one of the following courses:4
Exploring Relationships
Independent Study 2
Seminar 2
Select one of the following courses:4
Internship/Communication in the Urban Community 2
Internship 2
Total Credits24

For more information, contact Jeff Klenotic, program coordinator, at or contact the UNH Manchester Office of Admissions, (603) 641-4150.

Upon completion of the Communication Arts program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze how creativity, artistry, narrative, identity, persuasion, and ethics shape messages and relationships produced within a variety of social, organizational, and industry contexts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills that give them expertise and proficiency in areas such as human relations, social media, digital video, audio production, graphic design, writing, and speaking.
  • Know the history of communication practices and understand how media technologies and messages have impacted societies, cultures, organizations, and businesses.
  • Effectively research and creatively explore communication practices, experiences, and trends using high quality sources of information, multiple modes of inquiry, and multiple presentation formats.
  • Identify professional interests or career paths by working with the Internship and Career Planning Office and by engaging with communication settings outside the classroom through internships, service learning, field trips, and independent studies.