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Communication, Film & Media Studies

Today, as we stand knee-deep in computers, tablets, smart phones, TVs, DVD players, and radios, with thousands of satellites transmitting untold amounts of data per second, you’d think there wouldn’t be any room for a communications gap.  Nevertheless, with so many media delivering so much information, effective interpersonal and mass communications skills have never been more crucial.  Our bachelor’s programs cover both aspects of communication — how to frame the message and how to master the technology that delivers it.

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Choose your track

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication offers four strong concentrations: digital media, interpersonal communication, journalism, and public relations. You’ll develop a comprehensive understanding of organizational communication, public relations, advertising, and mass communication via journalism, radio, television, and film.

The Bachelor of Science program is very similar but will teach you production skills as well.  You’ll take a sequence of courses in TV and video production, film production, and radio production. This career path is more behind-the-scenes. Writing, directing, being a member of the crew, producing, and editing are some of the careers on this track.

Successfully complete 60 of the 121 credits required for the Bachelor of Science and you can petition to receive an Associate of Science in Communication.

Learn from instructors with experience in the business.

Your instructors have served as editors or associate editors of more than a half dozen of the top-tier scholarly journals in the communication field, receiving national and international recognition for their work.  All of them have practical experience in their specialty and continue to engage in research, staying on top of trends and publishing their findings.

As one of their students, you’ll have the opportunity to join the same professional organizations that your instructors belong to.  For example:

  • The International Communication Association
  • The Public Relations Society of America
  • The Eastern Communication Association
  • The National Association of College Broadcasters
  • The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • The National Academy of Cable Programming
  • The American Film Institute
  • The National Federation of Local Cable Programming
  • The Broadcast Education Association
  • The National Communication Association
  • The Association for Educational Journalism and Mass Communication
  • The Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender
  • The World Communication Association
  • The International Listening Association

Fine-tune your competitive edge on our state-of-the-art equipment.

On the set of a communications major documentary filming outside a small houseBecome adept in the same cutting-edge technology the pros use.  Can you handle a Convergent Media Center, packed with 32 brand new, quad-core Mac pros, a TV production studio, film and editing suites, a TV control room, and an FM radio station?  You will by the time you graduate!

Spend real time in the business — before you graduate.

As a student at UNH, you’ll be in a fantastic location for internships — just a convenient train- or car-ride away from the communication centers of New York and Boston, and even closer to many broadcast television and cable companies in Connecticut.

The Communications Department also participates in the Cooperative Education Program, which enables you to combine your studies with practical, paid work experience.

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