Southern New Hampshire University

BA in Communication

Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Arts in Communication program can help students prepare for a wide range of career opportunities and offers coursework in public relations, social media, journalism, and print media. Find out more about other courses offered in the Bachelor of Arts in Communication program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in Communication

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in Communication program should be interested in understanding and utilizing emerging technologies to effectively communicate in today's world. They may be interested in pursuing careers in public relations, advertising, media, or communications. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

Program Description:

In addition to general education coursework, the Bachelor of Arts in Communication program at Southern New Hampshire University offers coursework that examines mass media in the United States, pop culture and media systems from various countries, and the technology and strategic use of social media such as podcasts, blogs, Twitter, and Facebook. Students can study the theory and practice of public relations, the development and delivery of effective oral presentations, and techniques for writing for print and electronic media. Students will be introduced to graphic design, visual communication, and desktop publishing software such as QuarkXpress, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop. The program includes a communication capstone project.

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Financial Aid Available:

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Arts in Communication:

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

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:

Depending on their professional goals, graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication program may wish to continue their studies with a master's degree. Pursuing a master's degree can help students refine and enhance their communication skills. There are many communication-related master's programs available, including:

  • Master of Art in Communication
  • Master of Science in Public Relations
  • Master of Communication in Digital Media

Career Paths:

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication program at Southern New Hampshire University, graduates could have the skills needed to seek employment in a variety of areas, including advertising, marketing, public relations, and business communications. There are many positions that graduates may wish to pursue; below are just a few options:

  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Media Relations Specialist
  • Corporate Communications Specialist
  • Journalist

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