101 Horton Social Science Center
20 Academic Way
Communication Major - Bachelor of Arts
The purpose of the Communication major is to prepare students to engage more knowingly with the communicative patterns, problems, and practices that they will encounter in their personal, professional, and civic lives. This purpose requires that students learn to move beyond commonplace and conventional understandings of “communication” and acquire sophisticated perspectives – workable orientations – for describing, analyzing, reflecting upon, and engaging with those patterns, problems, and practices. Accordingly, the major not only acquaints students with a variety of empirical, critical, historical, theoretical, and pragmatic perspectives toward communication phenomena, but encourages them to formulate workable orientations of their own for engaging with communication issues and questions. Students who graduate with a communication major are prepared to become thoughtful and proficient “communication decision-makers” during their post-graduate lives.
Ten courses (40 credits)
with a 2.00 overall average in the major. The distribution of required courses for the major follows.
I. Introductory courses (3 courses)
Majors must earn a grade of C or better in each introductory course.
|CMN 455||Introduction to Media Studies||4|
|CMN 456||Propaganda and Persuasion||4|
|CMN 457||Introduction to Language and Social Interaction||4|
II. 500-level communication analysis courses (3 courses)
- Students must complete the 400-level prerequisite before taking a 500-level course.
- At least two of the 500-level courses must have different 400-level prerequisites.
- Majors must earn a grade of C- or better in all three analysis courses.
- CMN 599 (Internship), CMN 500 (Public Speaking), and CMN 575 (Research Practicum) cannot be used to fulfill an analysis course requirement.
III. Upper-division courses (4 courses)
- Students are eligible to take upper-division courses after successfully completing at least two of the 500-level analysis courses with a C- or better, each with a different 400-level prerequisite.
- Students are encouraged to focus at least three of their upper-division courses on one of six thematic concentrations below.
- At least one of the student’s four upper-division courses must be at the 700-level.
- Majors must earn a grade of C- or better in all four upper-division courses.
- Up to four credits of CMN 795 can be used towards the major, but can only fulfill the capstone requirement with department approval.
- CMN 799 (Honors Thesis) and CMN 796 (Comm-Entay) cannot be used to fulfill the advanced-level requirement.
1. Histories and Traditions in Communication
Students who pursue this concentration examine the history of thought about communication and its practices with attention to its applicability in the contemporary world.
Choose from: 607 Amer Politics, 615 Pub Opin, 627 Great Speakers, 630 Psyc of Comm, 645 Rhet Crit Film, 696 Crit Appr Media, 696 Hist Surv Med, 697 Rhet Crit Med, 697 Controv Reas Law, 732 Comm Thry, 757 Pub Addr, 772 Media Theory
2. Political Communication and Public Space
Courses in this concentration invite critical and historical inquiry into the forms and expressions of public opinion, political advocacy, and social or political reformation, maintenance, and change.
Choose from: 607 Amer Politics, 615 Public Opin, 627 Great Speakers, 634 Media & Politics, 696 Media Effects, 697 Spec, Scand, 697 Gend & Pub Cult, 697 Rhet Crit Med, 697 Controv Reason Law, 737 Rhet Crit, 756 Rhet Display, 757 Pub Addr, 758 Med Analy & Crit
3. Communication, Community and Everyday Life
Courses in this concentration explore our taken-for-granted ways of being in the world and how they emerge from our routine communicative interactions with each other.
Choose from: 6oo Public Speak, 602 Thry lnterp Comm, 630 Psyc Comm, 696 Yth Cult, 696 New Med & Soc, 696 Med & Consumer Cult, 696 Kids, Corps & Med, 697 Rhet Photo, 697 Rhet Crit Med, 698 Opens Eveyday, 698 Comm & Body, 698 Children's Comm, 730 Fam Comm, 732 Comm Thry, 737 Rhet Crit, 742 Dialogue, 755 Comm & Hlthcare, 756 Rhet Display, 760 Mediation, 765 Police Talk, 772 Media Thry
4. Culture and Identities
Courses in this concentration offer a critical examination of the cultural and communicative practices that shape our sense of ourselves, our pasts, and our relationships with others.
Choose from: 602 Thry lnterp Comm, 630 Psyc Comm, 645 Rhet Crit Film, 68o Cult & Comm, 696 Hist Surv Med, 696 Yth Cult, 696 New Med & Soc, 696 Med & Consumer Cult, 696 Crit Appr New Med, 696 Gend&Sex Med, 696 Kids, Corps, & Med, 697 Spec, Scand, 697 Gend & Pub Cult, 698 Children's Comm, 698 Comm&Body, 698 Open Evryday, 730 Fam Comm, 732 Comm Thry, 742 Dialogue, 760 Mediation, 765 Police Talk, 772 Media Thry
5. Citizenship and Advocacy
Courses in this concentration explore the language practices, interpersonal understandings, oratorical skills, and writing strategies that enable people to formulate their identities as citizens and to engage discussions directed toward public and political advocacy.
Choose from: 6oo Publ Speak, 607 Amer Politics, 615 Publ Opinion, 627 Great Speakers, 634 Med & Politics, 697 Gender & Pub Cult, 697 Controv Reas Law, 742 Dialogue, 757 Publ Addr, 756 Med Analy & Crit, 760 Mediation
6. Visual Communication
Courses in this concentration demonstrate how iconography, symbolism, and representations in art, photography, motion pictures, television and digitalized forms of communication have worked to create meaning.
Choose from: 645 Rhet Crit Film, 650 Crit Persp Film, 696 Yth Cult, 696 Kids, Corps. & Med, 697 Spec, Scand, 697 Rhet of Photo, 756 Rhet Display, 758 Med Analysis & Crit
- Communication majors are also required to fulfill all Discovery, Writing Intensive, and Foreign Language Requirements.
- Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major.
- Students who entered the Communication major during the Spring 2013 semester or earlier have the option of following the Three-Three-Four curriculum (outlined above) or the Three-Two-Five curriculum. In the Three-Two-Five curriculum, students are required to take the three intro level courses, two 500-level courses, and five upper division courses. All other rules and restrictions outiled in the Three-Three-Four curriculum above still apply. Students should consult Andrew Sharp or their assigned advisor with any questions about which curriculum they should follow.
Transfer Credit Policy
Transfer students must complete 20 credits of their communication course work at UNH to complete the major satisfactorily. Exchange and study abroad students may transfer no more than 10 approved credits from another institution to be applied toward completion of the communication major at UNH.
101 Horton Social Science Center
Department of Communication | Phone (603) 862-2292
Horton Social Science Center | 20 Academic Way | Durham, NH 03824