New, or digital, media gets newer every day. Writing and producing content for new media platforms (tweets, online articles, social media campaigns) are essential ingredients to today’s communication strategies. It’s the new frontier – and it’s here to stay. By adding the new media concentration to your Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree, you’ll learn how to insert new media into the context of a larger campaign, or how to lead with it.
The unique courses offered in Southern New Hampshire University’s new media concentration delve into a variety of subject areas, including new media technology, social media research and marketing, interpersonal development in mediated environments and content production for new media platforms. This kind of in-depth study is usually found only at the master’s level.
Pursue the online bachelor’s degree in communication and new media, and you’ll gain a variety of communication, computer and graphic design skills to help prepare you for careers in management, advertising, media, communications, public relations and more. Courses are taught by practicing professionals who are experts in their field.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your BA in Communication online at SNHU include:
The online bachelor’s degree in communication and new media will expose you to many areas of the field, including business communication, graphic design and public relations, making you an expert generator of online “buzz” – a value to any organization.
Employment within new media-related fields is expected to grow much faster than average for most occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Typical career paths include public relations, journalism, corporate communications, advertising and speechwriting.
The online bachelor’s degree in communication and new media gives you a foundation in mass communication, public speaking, journalism, print media and social media. The new media concentration courses cover topics such as digital communication, new media technologies and social media marketing.
This course is a practical introduction to the preparation of business correspondence, employment applications and resumes and formal research reports. Written communication skills are emphasized.
This communications survey course covers mass media, culture, and society. The course focuses on how and why the US media operate as they do, as well as on how media performance might be improved.
This course is designed to help students develop abilities, including organization and delivery skills, for all speaking situations. The evaluation and improvement of voice, diction, articulation and posture also are studied. May not be used as literature elective.
This course introduces students to the theory and practice of public relations in the United States. Students study the major figures in this field as well as organizations, their behavior, and the relationships between organizations and their publics.
This course is an introduction to the principles and practices of graphic design. Students are introduced through lecture, demonstration and hands-on computer work to the basic elements of graphic visual communication. Adobe Illustrator is used as a primary tool in exploring visual perception through a variety of creative exercises that familiarize the student with basic visual principles such as figure/ground manipulation, shape grouping, letterform shape creation, and grid and system creation. Formal elements of graphic design such as line, shape, color, texture, pattern, balance, symmetry, rhythm, space and unity are thoroughly explored by example and hands-on computer exercises; special topics included are: designing with type, layout strategies, logo design, symbol and pictogram development and stationery systems.
This writing practicum introduces students to writing for print and electronic media under deadline. Gathering information by using records, documents, observation, interviewing, and the Internet. Emphasis on library resources, electronic databases, and current events. Basic style and editing based on AP Stylebook and Libel Manual and AP Broadcast News Handbook.
Twitter, Facebook, blogs, podcasts - the possibilities of social media today are countless and ever-changing. This course is a broad approach to the history, theory, technology, impact and strategic uses of social media. These tools are relatively inexpensive and accessible technologies that enable anyone to create, publish, edit and access messages intended for the smallest to the largest of audiences. Students will examine the strategic uses of social media for community building, civic and political participation, advertising, marketing, public relations, and journalism. This course provides hands-on experience with the most current technology.
This course gives students the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge, and philosophies in organizational communication through lectures, research, readings, discussions, application, and written assignments. Emphasis is placed on verbal and nonverbal communication, cultural communication, interpersonal relationships within organizations, and dealing with the future and change.
Contemporary relationships exist across space and time in ways that are continually transforming through computer-mediated and digital communication. Social networking, chat, email, online gaming, and online dating present new challenges for how and why we engage and enter relationships with others. This course examines the foundations of interpersonal communication in light of digital (new) media, evaluating the effect that mediated communication has on relational strategies. Students will evaluate communication behaviors across multiple digital mediums and examine concepts related to relational development, maintenance, and deterioration, interpersonal conflict, nonverbal communication, and identity and culture.
This course examines the role of new media in contemporary society and the evolution of media technologies in economics, politics, marketing, business, relationships, and journalism. Students will utilize and practice with various new media tools and platforms for both personal and professional contexts. The course focuses on both the practical skills and the theoretical foundations of new media, asking students to demonstrate proficiency in these platforms while understanding the implications for communication practice.
This course is an advanced writing experience that focuses on the content-development skills critical for new and emerging digital media technologies. Students engage with the essential concepts and issues surrounding media convergence and the various strategies for delivering and adapting essential information through diverse multimedia platforms.
This course will develop the students' ability to effectively and successfully create, and implement a social media marketing campaign and evaluate as well as measure its success. Intensive skill building will be placed on creating, applying and integrating the appropriate social media tool that will enable marketers to build high-value relationships with their constituencies. The course will focus on key elements such as determining and matching social media tactics with the appropriate target market and developing strategies to engage those markets using relevant social media channels.
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This course focuses on digital graphic design theory and its application to web design. Students learn about the technical requirements of professionally created digital web documents. Students will be focused on designing communication and marketing applications for the World Wide Web all the while considering user experience and functionality. Differences in designing for the desktop computer and mobile internet appliances will be a topic for discussion and incorporated in hands-on exercises and projects. Each student will develop several minisites and by the end of the semester will have produced at least one deployable site. Topics include design strategies, web authoring/editing environments, color calibration and aesthetics, web typography, style sheets, template use, graphics format selecting and optimization, and HTML coding and debugging.
The second half of the United States history survey course covers the period following the Civil War. The economic, political and ideological developments that allowed the United States to attain a position of the world leadership are closely examined. Required for majors in History and Social Studies Education with a concentration in History.
This course offers a broad introduction to the structure and function of the American political system at the national level, including the roles played by the president, Congress, the courts, the bureaucracy, political parties, interest groups and the mass media in the policy- making and electoral processes. This course places special emphasis on how the efforts of the framers of the Constitution to solve what they saw as the political problems of their day continue to shape American national politics in ours.
Social psychology is an interesting, dynamic study of how people's thoughts, feelings and actions are affected by others. Issues discussed include prejudice, conformity, interpersonal attraction and violence. The scientific methods of studying such phenomena are emphasized. Offered as needed.
This course covers a variety of environmental topics in a manner specifically designed for the non-science major. It provides a fundamental understanding of the various processes necessary to support life on Earth and examines how human activities and attitudes (individual, traditional, cultural and others) generate environmental issues that threaten these processes. Topics include ecology, populations, agriculture, desertification and deforestation, water and ocean pollution, air pollution including ozone depletion and acid rain, global climate change, natural resource depletion, solid and hazardous wastes, energy including fossil fuels and nuclear power, economics and sustainability.
Students in this course examine the basic social processes and problems of aging. Social and psychological issues and issues involved with death and dying are discussed. Offered every other year.
Free Elective Credits: 33
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
*Tuition rates are subject to change. Changes are generally implemented in June each year.
Additional Costs Books (course by course).
Students are responsible for providing their own internet access.
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