English Major/Text, Business Writing and Digital Studies Option (B.A.)

English Major/Text, Business Writing and Digital Studies Option (B.A.)

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What is the text, business writing and digital skills degree option?

The text, business writing and digital studies option within the English degree program will give you the professional and critical skills to succeed in the modern workplace. You’ll have the opportunity to study areas including social media, business writing genres, digital storytelling and web design. You’ll also become skilled in critical thinking, analysis and communication.

Why study text, business writing and digital skills at UNH?

This new UNH program helps meet employer demand for workers with wide-ranging and adaptable professional skills. You’ll gain valuable on-the-job experience through our internship requirement, and also compile a digital portfolio of your work. The English Department offers a number of institutes and programs that provide unique opportunities locally and abroad, as well as regular on-campus series featuring visiting writers, scholars and journalists.

Potential careers

  • Business administrator
  • Communications director
  • Manager
  • Marketing professional
  • Public relations specialist
  • Social media director
  • Videographer
  • Web content specialist
  • Writer

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This form is only for prospective students who are not already enrolled at UNH. If you are a current UNH student and interested in this program, please reach out to the contact on this page.


Curriculum & Requirements

The modern workplace requires that employees be adaptable. The Bureau of Labor Statistics conducted a long-term study that showed people held 11.7 jobs between the ages of 18 and 48, and those numbers are increasing with people moving between jobs more frequently every year. It is crucial that we prepare our students not just for one industry, but rather arm them with the transferable skills of critical reading, writing, analysis, production, theory and aesthetics of new forms in digital media and business. Students will leave this major option with the skills that are in the highest demand in all fields today. 

This major option addresses the growing demand for graduates who are well-versed in a combination of humanistic and digital skills and able to work in a variety of professional environments. In particular, graduates of this option will be prepared for careers at cultural and historical institutions, as well as in emerging job markets of information management and online content delivery. This specialization complements areas requirements for the English major but it is not limited to English majors. Double majors are encouraged. Small classes, a great sense of community and a diversity of faculty specializations create an atmosphere that propels students toward success. Students will receive real-life work experience through our internship class, and they will also leave this major with a digital portfolio that contains a collection of professional projects that can be used on the job market. 

In this English major option, students are trained in the critical reading, analysis, production, theory and aesthetics of new forms in media and business. These forms include but are not limited to social media, business writing conventions, modes of digital storytelling (i.e. audio and video essays, podcasts and wikis), digital archives, web design, and online communities and interaction. Students are also trained in analysis through traditional humanistic literature and they are expected to fulfill the core learning objectives shared by all English major tracks. These include:

  • the ability to communicate and debate effectively with others, both orally and in writing,
  • the ability to closely examine a variety of texts (including modern digital artifacts and archival materials)
  • developing the ability to use a variety of media and communication platforms;
  • experience and practice in dynamic critical thinking and creativity

Eleven courses (44 credits)

Completed with a minimum grade of C- (with the exception of ENGL 419, which must be completed with a grade of C or better).

Students must meet the following distribution requirements. Note that any one course may satisfy more than one requirement:

ENGL 419How to Read Anything 14
One 500-level Introductory Course. Select from the following:4
ENGL 501
Introduction to Creative Nonfiction (Digital Essay version)
ENGL 502
Professional and Technical Writing
ENGL 503
Persuasive Writing (Text, Business Writing, Digital version)
ENGL 510Introduction to the Digital Humanities4
ENGL 602Advanced Professional and Technical Writing4
Select three ENGL courses numbered 600 or above 212
Select two pre-1800 literature courses (select from the list below)8
Select two post-1800 literature courses (select from the list below)8
Select one course that addresses race, the construction of race, and racial theories (select from the list below)4
Capstone: 34
ENGL 796
The Internship Experience
Digital Portfolio
Pre-1800 Literature Courses
ENGL 512
British Literature I Age of Heroes: Beowulf to Dr. Faustus
or ENGL 513W
British Literature II Age of Revolutions: Shakespeare to Austen
ENGL 595
Literary Topics (if topic is appropriate)
ENGL 657
Shakespeare
ENGL 693R
Special Topics in Literature (if topic is appropriate)
ENGL #741
Early American Literature: Colonialism, Revolution, Nation
ENGL #751
Medieval Romance
ENGL 753
Old English
ENGL 756
Chaucer
ENGL 758
Advanced Shakespeare
ENGL 758R
Advanced Shakespeare
ENGL 759
Milton
ENGL 767
Literature of the Restoration and Early 18th Century
ENGL #768
Literature of the Later 18th Century
ENGL 780
Drama of Shakespeare's Contemporaries: Will and Company
ENGL 783
English Novel of the Eighteenth Century
ENGL 787
English Major Seminar (if topic is appropriate)
ENGL 787R
English Major Seminar (if topic is appropriate)
Post-1800 Literature Courses
ENGL 514W
British Literature III: Revolts, Renewals, Migrations
or ENGL 516W
American Literature II Money, Migration, and Modernity: Huck Finn to Beloved
ENGL 595
Literary Topics (if topic is appropriate)
ENGL 609
Ethnicity in America: The African American Experience in the 20th Century
ENGL 636
Literature and the Environment
ENGL 650
I Hear America Singing: Studying American Literature and Culture
ENGL 681
Contemporary African Literature
ENGL 690
African American Literature
ENGL 693R
Special Topics in Literature (if topic is appropriate)
ENGL #738
Asian American Studies
ENGL 739
American Indian Literature
ENGL 743R
American Literature, 1865-1915: The Birth of the American Empire
ENGL #745
Contemporary American Literature
ENGL 749R
Major American Authors
ENGL #747
Studies in American Poetry
ENGL #771
Victorian Love Poetry
ENGL 773
Literary Modernisms: Return, Revolt, Recycle
ENGL 774R
Modern & Contemporary British Literature: New Departures
ENGL 775
Modern Irish Literature: A Changing Landscape
ENGL 777
The English Novel in the World
ENGL 782
Modern and Contemporary Drama
ENGL 784
English Novel of the 19th Century
ENGL 787
English Major Seminar (if topic is appropriate)
ENGL 787R
English Major Seminar (if topic is appropriate)
ENGL 797R
Special Studies in Literature (Race & Racial Theories) (if topic is appropriate)
Race, the Construction of Race, and Racial Theory Courses
ENGL 440A
On Race in Culture and Society
ENGL #441
On Race and Culture in Society
ENGL 517
Black Creative Expression
ENGL 549
In the Groove: African American Music as Literature
ENGL 550
Introduction to the Literature and Culture of Race
ENGL 560
Introduction to Latinx Literature and Culture
ENGL 585R
Introduction to Women in Literature
ENGL 609
Ethnicity in America: The African American Experience in the 20th Century
ENGL 650R
I Hear America Singing: Studying American Literature and Culture
ENGL 690
African American Literature
ENGL 693
Special Topics in Literature (subtopic R)
ENGL 693R
Special Topics in Literature
ENGL #738
Asian American Studies
ENGL 739
American Indian Literature
ENGL 743R
American Literature, 1865-1915: The Birth of the American Empire
ENGL 749R
Major American Authors
ENGL 758R
Advanced Shakespeare
ENGL 774R
Modern & Contemporary British Literature: New Departures
ENGL 778
Race and Gender in Film and Popular Culture
ENGL 787R
English Major Seminar
ENGL 797R
Special Studies in Literature (Race & Racial Theories)

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

Notes:

To graduate from UNH, a student must earn a total of 128 credits.

Majors may only count one online course towards their major requirements.

English 403 'Exploring Literature', English 415 'Literature and...' and English 444 classes may NOT be used to satisfy ENGL major or minor requirements.

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

If you're interested in majoring in English: Text, Business Writing and Digital Studies please contact Carla Cannizzaro, academic/career counselor, Department of English, 230F Hamilton Smith Hall, (603) 862-1313.

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.

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