English/Journalism Major - B.A.

alumni slideshowThe UNH Journalism Program is respected nationwide for turning out highly-trained professional writers and editors, many of whom have landed on the staffs of the country’s best known publications and media outlets. Founded in 1963 by legendary writer Donald Murray, the program is taught by journalists in a small classroom setting (no more than 20 students per class). We emphasize hands-on training with a strong liberal arts foundation. From the first week of your first journalism course, you’ll be out reporting and writing, eventually practicing other skills such as shooting video and still photography, recording audio, as well as editing copy and writing headlines. As the world of news delivery has changed, so have we and you will learn to tell all sorts of stories over all sorts of platforms, from print to video to audio slideshows. The day you graduate, you’ll be ready to work.


These requirements apply to students entering the English/Journalism major in the Fall of 2013 and beyond. If you entered the program in an earlier semester, please see the links at the bottom of this page.

Except where otherwise noted, the minimum acceptable grade is a C-. Minimum overall UNH average required is 2.0.

While English 501 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction is not required for the major, we recommend students take it, and it is a prerequisite for English 623 Creative Nonfiction and English 703 Travel Writing.

ENGL 401 ENGL 401: First-year Writing
(with a B or better, or the AP or transfer credit equivalent)
ENGL 419 ENGL 419: Intro to Literary Analysis*
One pre-1800
literature course
Choose from***: 512, 513, 657, 713, 741, 751, 753, 754, 755, 756, 758, 759, 763, 764, 765, 767, 768, 780, 781, 783
One post-1800
literature courses
Choose from***: 514, 515, or 516, 608, 609, 650**, 681, 690, 714, 739, 742, 743, 744, 745, 746, 747, 748, 749, 769, 770, 771, 772, 773, 774, 777, 782, 784,786.
One course that addresses race, the construction of race, and racial theories.

Choose from***: 517, 540, 550, 609, 690, 738, 739, 740, 693R, 797R.

(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 review the Detailed Course Packet for the current semester for information about courses approved to satisfy this requirement.

ENGL 534 ENGL 534, 21st Century Journalism: How the News Works
ENGL 621 ENGL 621, Writing and Reporting the News I
(Prerequisites: ENGL 401 with a grade of B or better and ENGL 534.)
ENGL 622 ENGL 622, Writing and Reporting the News II
(Prerequisite: ENGL 621 with a grade of B or better)
ENGL 631 ENGL 631, Introduction to Digital Journalism
(Prerequisite: ENGL 621 with a grade of B or better)
Two additional
journalism courses

Chosen from the following:
ENGL 623, Creative Nonfiction
ENGL 703, Travel Writing
ENGL 708, Form and Technique of Nonfiction
ENGL 711, Editing
ENGL 721, Advanced Reporting
ENGL 722, Feature Writing
ENGL 724, Sports Writing
ENGL 735, Entrepreneurial Journalism

Capstone ENGL 720, Journalism Internship
(prerequisites: English 621 with a grade of B or better, plus permission of their instructor in English 622 or English 631). (details)
in another area
A three-course concentration in another area.
(This could mean three courses in fields such as Sociology, German, Criminal Justice, Environmental Science or other English disciplines, such as African American Studies or Linguistics. )

*This must be completed with a minimum grade of C. ENGL 419 is the only 400-level class that may count towards the English Literature major. English 403 will NOT count towards this major.

**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


  • To be safe, you should take eight courses numbered 600 and above. That way, if you do not do an internship, you can graduate with a straight English major.
  • To graduate, a student must earn a total of 128 credits.
  • Effective Fall 2014: Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major.
  • This rule does not apply to English courses taken to satisfy the Discovery Inquiry requirement or the Discovery Capstone requirement.
  • English majors may NOT take ENGL 534 to satisfy the Environment, Technology & Society (ETS) requirement in Discovery.
  • English majors may NOT take ENGL 515 to satisfy a Historical Perspectives (HP) requirement in Discovery.
  • English 415 'Literature and....' classes may NOT be used to satisfy ENGL major or minor requirements.
  • E-COURSE RULE: Majors entering the department in Fall 2012 and beyond may only count one online course towards their major requirements.

Requirement Checklist (applies to students entering the major in fall 2014 and beyond)

Requirement Checklist (applies to students entering the major in fall 2013 through spring of 2014)

Requirement Checklist (applies to students entering the major in fall 2010 through the spring of 2013)

Requirement Checklist (applies to students who entered the major prior to fall 2010)

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