BS in Technical Writing & Communication

Contact our undergraduate advisor, Barb Horvath, about completing degree requirements, including the Senior Project.

Technical writing and communication involves communicating complex information to specific audiences with clarity and accuracy. Technical communicators write, organize, edit, and design information for a variety of workplace settings in business, health, technology, science, environment, and law. Turn your love of writing into a professional career with a technical writing & communication major.

As a technical writing student, you will study theories of rhetoric and communication and apply principles of audience analysis, digital writing, editing, information design, and usability. In our courses, you will engage in writing as a process and examine writing within diverse cultures and communities. You will also develop real-world, marketable skills in our competency areas.

What are the top 5 reasons to major in technical writing & communication?
  1. Be that unique person who understands technical or scientific information and can clearly explain it!
  2. Join a career area predicted to grow by 15% over the next decade—technical communication.
  3. Practice using the latest digital writing technologies; plus free access to
  4. Network with alumni about real-world writing and new job opportunities.
  5. Impress your friends and colleagues with knowledge about Aristotle and ancient rhetoric.

Technical communication is a broad, interdisciplinary field. As a technical writing & communication major, you will choose one of the following four sub-plans. This sub-plan allows you to focus on an area of interest by taking courses from outside the department to fulfill your degree requirements. 

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Information Technology and Design

This sub-plan offers courses in web design, media production, information technology, visual rhetoric, and message design. If you have a background or interest in computer science, engineering, design, visual communication, or technology, you may find this a useful emphasis area.

Biological and Health Sciences

This sub-plan offers courses in medical writing or communication related to public health, pharmacy, or biomedical technology. If you have a background or interest in biology, chemistry, anatomy, public health, nursing, or medicine, you may find this a useful emphasis area.

Legal Discourse and Public Policy

This sub-plan offers courses in government, politics, law, and public policy. If you have a background or interest in political science, economics, sociology, law, or philosophy, you may find this a useful emphasis area.

Environmental Science

This sub-plan offers courses in natural resources, sustainability, land conservation, and environmental issues. If you have a background or interest in environmental studies, geography, ecology, applied economics, forestry and natural resources, urban studies, or earth sciences, you may find this a useful emphasis area.