Technical Communication, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Technical Communication is a professional program designed to prepare students for a career as a technical writer. Technical writers develop, edit, and mange a range of professional documents, including instructional manuals, catalogs, promotional materials, newsletters, organizational policies, websites, training materials, and grant proposals. Because of the diverse nature of the profession, students will need to develop a broad base of professional writing skills, including work in documentation, editing, and information design. Students also choose from two options: one focusing on graphic design and public relations, and the other focusing on information systems (databases) and web development. As part of this program, students will complete a professional internship, requiring at least 200 hours of supervised work in a business, industry or agency related to the student’s academic preparation and career goals. Students will also develop basic computer literacy, including working knowledge in desktop publishing and web design practices.

Note: two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college level foreign language is required.

Required Core Courses
ENGL 360LANGUAGE STRUCTURE AND USE5
TCOM 205INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION (Students must complete this course with a grade ≥3.0)5
TCOM 305USABILITY AND INFORMATION DESIGN IN TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION5
TCOM 309GRAMMAR FOR PROFESSIONAL WRITERS5
or ENGL 309 GRAMMAR FOR PROFESSIONAL WRITERS
or JRNM 309 GRAMMAR FOR PROFESSIONAL WRITERS
TCOM 404INSTRUCTIONS AND PROCEDURES5
TCOM 407PROPOSAL WRITING5
TCOM 409EDITING IN TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION5
TCOM 490SENIOR CAPSTONE: ISSUES IN TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION5
TCOM 495TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION INTERNSHIP5-15
Required Elective–choose one–these courses meet the cultural and gender diversity requirement5
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
DISABILITY, CULTURE AND SOCIETY
SURVEY OF NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE
SURVEY OF NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE
WOMEN, LITERATURE AND SOCIAL CHANGE
WOMEN, LITERATURE AND SOCIAL CHANGE
Select Option A or B41
Option A–Technical Communication with VCD and PR
INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH COMMUNICATION
DRAWING FOR COMMUNICATION
DIGITAL FOUNDATIONS
PUBLICATION DESIGN
WEB DESIGN 1
DIGITAL VIDEO (or other DESN course with director approval)
DIGITAL IMAGING AND PHOTOGRAPHY
WEB DESIGN 2
INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC RELATIONS THEORY
ADVANCED PUBLIC RELATIONS THEORY
PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING
TECHNOLOGY WORLD CIVILIZATION (meets international studies requirement)
Option B–Technical Communication with Information Systems and Web Application
INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING
PROGRAMMING PRINCIPLES I
PROGRAMMING PRINCIPLES II
DATA STRUCTURES
RELATIONAL DATABASE SYSTEMS
WEB APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT
.NET WEB APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT
DRAWING FOR COMMUNICATION
DIGITAL FOUNDATIONS
WEB DESIGN 1
Total Credits91-101

For information on General Education, see Undergraduate Degree .

Student Learning Outcomes—students will

  • analyze communication problems and propose effective and ethical solutions by clearly identifying and describing the problem and its context, the stakeholders and audiences involved, and the possible outcomes and consequences;
  • plan and manage team projects by identifying tasks, creating a time line for task completion, assigning tasks to individuals, and reporting plan and progress to supervisor/client;
  • conduct productive research by determining scope of inquiry, identifying credible and useful sources, collecting and assessing data, and arranging data into logical and considerate structures;
  • write, design, and edit a variety of professional documents, both print and electronic, using the principles of information design to create useable documents that address audiences’ information and organizational needs and engage users in appropriate action;
  • locate, create, design, edit, and present information, using proficiently a variety of standard technologies;
  • copyedit and proofread quantitative and technical information, reference citations, illustrations, and tables using the established symbols and conventions, style sheets, and correct grammar, mechanics, punctuation, and spelling.