SNHU's online communications degree curriculum ensures a solid foundation in communication principles and practices. The curriculum, designed and taught by practicing professionals, includes courses and electives in social media, advertising, film, journalism, information technology and marketing that tailor degrees to your precise interests. The degree in communications curriculum includes electives in 3D animation and modeling, digital illustration, and digital video production, ensuring you learn the necessary skills you need to succeed.
Transfer of Credit
If you are a student who wants to transfer to SNHU or if you simply want to finish what you’ve started, we try to make transferring as easy as possible. We will accept up to 90 transferred academic credits and we automatically complete an official credit evaluation as part of the application review process.
Required Core Courses
School of Arts and Sciences Required Courses
ENG-220: Business Communication
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.
ENG-121, ENG-121H or ENG-200
Select Two of the Following:
GRA-310: Digital Graphic Design for the Web
HIS-114: United States History II: 1865-Present
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.
POL-210: American Politics
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.
PSY-257: Social Psychology
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.
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
SCI-219: Environmental Issues
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, solid and hazardous wastes, energy including fossil fuels and nuclear power, economies and sustainability. This course is cross-listed as ENV-219.
SOC-328: Sociology of Aging
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.
Communication (BA) Online Major Courses
COM-126: Introduction to Mass Communication
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.
COM-212: Public Speaking
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.
ENG-120, ENG-121H ENG-200 or ENG-200H
COM-227: Public Relations
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.
ENG-11, ENG-121, ENG-121H or ENG-200
COM-230: Graphics and Layout in Print Media
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.
COM-235: Introduction to Journalism
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.
ENG-121, ENG-121H or ENG-200
COM-310: Social Media
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.
ENG-121 or ENG-200
COM-430: Organizational Communications
This course gives students the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge, philosophies in organizational communication through lectures, research, readings, discussions, application, and written assignments. Emphasis is placed on verbal and nonverbal communication, cultural communication and interpersonal relationships within organizations.
Select four from the following:
COM-232: Desktop Publishing
This course is an introduction to the software application Adobe InDesign designed for the novice user. The Macintosh platform is used in the classroom studio lab, and the student is introduced to the creative and practical aspects of the desktop publishing program that is considered indispensable in the contemporary communications and design industries. This course is based on a series of introductory exercises and a regimen of hands-on practice that teaches software and design skills; students learn how to combine the use of InDesign with other professional graphics and work-processing software such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Word.
COM-315: Interpersonal Communication in the Digital Age
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.
COM-320: Exploring World Cultures/Mass Media
This course seeks to expand global cultural understanding and communication by examining pop culture and media systems in various countries. Students will have the opportunity to expand their cultural perspective by exploring music, film, television, radio, print media, technology, and urban and youth culture. Topics will include media imports and exports, media audiences, media financing and regulation, media research and reporting, media effects, media ethics, meaning and communication through media, and intercultural communication. In lieu of a text students will use extensive Internet research, personal interviews, podcasts, discussion boards, various supplemental material, and independent cultural exploration. Classes will consist of brief lectures, discussion, viewing of media, and in-class research and projects. Global marker.
COM-126 or COM-128 and ENG-121 or ENG-200
COM-325: Editing for Media and Publication
The role of the editor in today's media and publication industries has been transformed by the convergence of technological advances and delivery manner. Whether it is in news operations, public relations, advertising, or book publication, the traditional copy editor has merged with the content editor. This course provides both the foundational skills in basic language editing and the practical competencies associated with editing content for new media (including visual literacy, headlines, typography, and search optimization).
COM-329: New Media Technologies
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.
COM-336: Electronic Public Relations
This course provides a focused overview of electronic public relations applications and presents guidelines for using electronic technologies for public relations purposes. Students will learn to reach various publics through public service announcements, video news releases and satellite media tours. Students will also learn how to reach media, government, consumers, employees and management effectively by applying electronic media technologies. Offered as needed.
COM-340: Writing for Public Relations
Survey course requiring copywriting in public communication formats, including news releases, features, editorials, brochures, executive summaries, company profiles, newsletters and annual report copy.
ENG-121, ENG-121H or ENG-200
COM-341: Technical Writing
This course trains students to produce documents of a technical nature commonly found in a business context. Students are required to prepare a variety of technical reports, including audits, technical manuals and feasibility studies.
ENG-121, ENG-121H or ENG-200
COM-445: Writing for New Media
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.
COM-448: Media Ethics and Law
This course provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to work in the communications profession. They also will develop a clear understanding of the statutory and constitutional guidelines governing the profession. Students learn the theoretical underpinnings of the First Amendment, followed by its application in cases involving libel, privacy, intellectual property, corporate speech, advertising, obscenity, access to information, protection of news sources, broadcasting policy and electronic media regulations.
COM-452: Public Relations Campaign Planning Seminar
This capstone course offers practice in managing communication campaigns from the public relations perspective and emphasizes the production and presentation of campaign plans. Students will develop and pitch a campaign for a real client.
COM-476: Corporate Communications Seminar
This course will explore the growing field of corporate communication with special emphasis on, industry analysis, media relations, message strategies and crisis communication planning. Upon completion of the course, students will understand the theory, practice and functions of corporate communicators. This course will serve as a capstone experience for all communication majors.
COM-490: Communication Internship
Students may use three, six or 12 credit hours of free electives for placement in a supervised, career-related work experience. Students report on the experience as required by the cooperative education syllabus. The Career Development Center administers the experience and the program coordinator/department chair provides the academic evaluation.
Free Elective Credits: 33
Total Credits: 120