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BA in Communication - Professional Writing

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Professional Writing program at Southern New Hampshire University is designed to offer students the critical thinking, writing, and research skills needed to effectively communicate with co-workers, clients, and the general public. Learn about other skills offered by the Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Professional Writing program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Professional Writing

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

Interested applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Professional Writing program should have strong reading and writing skills. They should also be interested in emerging social media technologies. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

Program Description:

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Professional Writing program at Southern New Hampshire University have the opportunity to develop skills in feature writing, technical writing, technical writing for the computer industry, and writing for public relations, including news releases, editorials, brochures, speeches, and newsletters. Students can study pop culture and media systems in the U.S. and other various countries, journalism, and the use of social media technologies such as blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. Coursework also examines the theory and practice of public relations, visual communications, and desktop publishing software. Students are also required to complete B.A./B.S. core courses and liberal arts core courses.

Learning Format:

Online

Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify in the forms of loans and grants. Contact the SNHU Financial Aid office to learn more about your financial aid options.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Professional Writing:

Communication Major Courses

  • COM 126: Introduction to Communication
  • COM 227: Public Relations
  • COM 230: Graphics and Layout in Print Media
  • COM 232: Desktop Publishing
  • COM 235: Introduction to Journalism
  • COM 310: Social Media
  • COM 320: Exploring World Culture through Mass Media
  • COM 322: Advanced Public Speaking
  • COM 469: Senior Seminar in Communication
  • COM/ENG/GRA electives: choose two
  • Free Electives

Professional Writing Concentration Courses

  • COM 340: Writing for Public Relations
  • COM 341: Technical Writing
  • COM 342: Writing for the Computer Industry
  • COM 435: Feature Writing

B.A./B.S. Core Skills Courses

  • ENG 120: College Composition I
  • ENG 121: College Composition II
  • MAT 130: Applied Finite Math
  • MAT ELE: Mathematics Elective
  • COM 212: Public Speaking
  • IT 100: Introduction to Information Technology
  • SNHU 101: First Year Seminar/Foundations in Critical Thinking

B.A./B.S. Core Knowledge Courses

  • Choose one of the following:
    • FAS 201: Introduction to Humanities I
    • FAS 202: Introduction to Humanities II
    • FAS 223: Appreciation and History of Music
    • FAS 340: Modern Art
    • FAS 370: American Art
  • Choose one of the following:
    • HIS 109: Western Civilization I
    • HIS 110: Western Civilization II
    • HIS 113: United States History I
    • HIS 114: United States History II
  • Choose one of the following:
    • PHL 210: Introduction to Western Philosophy
    • PHL 212: Introduction to Ethics
    • PHL 214: Logic, Language, and Argumentation
    • PHL 230: Religions of the World
  • Choose one 200-level Literature Elective
  • Choose one Science Elective (not SCI 215)
  • Choose four other electives:
    • Social and Behavioral Science Elective (ATH, ECO, POL, PSY, SOC, SSC)
    • No more than two of these four in the same discipline

Liberal Arts Core

  • FAS 201: Intro to the Humanities I: Greece Through the Renaissance
  • FAS 202: Intro to the Humanities II: Baroque Through Modern
  • LIT ELE: Literature Elective (200 Level)
  • HIS ELE: History Elective (200 Level)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • ATH, GEO, GST, POL, PSY, SCS, or SOC Elective
  • Choose one of the following:
    • MAT ELE: Math Elective
    • SCI ELE: Science Elective

Post-Graduation Opportunities:

Furthering Your Education:

After completing the Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Professional Writing program at Southern New Hampshire University, graduates may wish to gain additional training and prepare for more advanced career opportunities by earning a master's degree. There are a myriad of master's programs related to communication that graduates may wish to consider, including:

  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Master of Science in Public Relations
  • Master of Communication in Digital Media
  • Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing

Career Paths:

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Professional Writing program could have the skills and training needed to seek employment in several areas, including marketing, advertising, business communications, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Examples of positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Media Relations Specialist
  • Copywriter
  • Marketing Coordinator