English/Journalism Major - Bachelor of Arts:Overview
Why Major in Journalism?
For all of you who fear that Twitter and Facebook and blogging have replaced the need for professional journalists, think again. Because so much information inundates us every day, there is more of a need for journalists than ever. As professionals trained to recognize what’s important, report deeply, behave ethically, and write clearly and compellingly, journalists perform the essential task of deciphering the information upon which our democracy depends.
What have changed are the mediums used to deliver news. How strong a role traditional newspapers and magazines – or radio or TV for that matter – will play in the future is anyone’s guess, but what is clear is the need for journalists to provide the stories that help us understand our world. The heart of the work – the interviewing, fact gathering, observing, writing, and editing – remains the same whether you are composing a multimedia slideshow or a Page One feature, and it is upon those skills that the UNH Journalism Program is built. We will teach you to understand news. We will teach you to ask the questions that will elicit answers. We will teach you to simplify the complicated. Most important, we will teach you to become storytellers.
Today’s students will determine the future of journalism. That’s an awesome responsibility and an incredible opportunity. Don’t hesitate to start the adventure now.
The UNH Advantage
At many universities, the journalism major is part of the communications department, where courses emphasize theory and combine journalism with advertising or public relations. At UNH, the English/journalism major is part of the English department. The courses focus on reporting, writing and editing. (UNH also has a communication department, where you can take theory courses.)
No journalism class is larger than 20 students, and many are smaller. In all of the writing courses, students have frequent individual conferences with their instructors in addition to the class time, a technique pioneered at UNH and now used around the world (though rarely in journalism education). The small classes and constant instructor contact are among the reasons UNH journalism grads are so loyal to the program and keep in touch with one another -- and keep hiring one another -- for years after they graduate.
Whether you want to work in print, broadcast, or online journalism, the skills you learn at UNH will get your future started.
Can I minor in Journalism?
There is no such thing as a journalism minor at UNH, but you can be an English minor and take mostly journalism courses. All you need for an English minor is five English courses: two numbered in the 500's and three numbered 600 or above. So if you want to concentrate on journalism, take ENGL 534, 21st Century Journalism: How the News Works as one of your 500's, and then any three journalism courses you want. We're also happy to have you take journalism courses even if you're not an English major or minor.