English Studies: Professional and Technical Communications Major (B.A.)


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.


Core Courses
ENGL 419How to Read Anything4
ENGL 502Professional and Technical Writing4
ENGL 595Literary Topics (Digital Creative Writing)4
ENGL 602Advanced Professional and Technical Writing4
ENGL 694Special Topics in Creative Writing 14
PTC 500Business Communication4
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