Technical & Professional Writing (Concentration)
This concentration allows students to study techniques and strategies used in genres of technical and professional writing, including within technical, medical, scientific, nonprofit, and other professional contexts. Students will learn to write in various professional and technical genres, such as reports, proposals, instructions, and educational materials, and will learn to compose for a variety of audiences. A particular focus of the certificate will be in learning to communicate complex information to lay audiences. Towards this end, students will gain skills in audience analysis, document design, style and editing, and research. Students will become more aware of theories and strategies of writing through close rhetorical analysis of professional and technical exemplary texts.
Students will complete 12 credit hours, with at least 6 hours from the following courses:
Students must also complete 6 additional hours from either the above listed courses or from the courses listed below:
- Tutoring Writing
- Writing for the Workplace
- Environmental Writing and Rhetoric
- Professions in Writing Arts
- Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine
- Developing Scientific and Health Literacies
- The Publishing Industry
- Introduction to New Media
- Magazine Article Writing
- Publication Layout Design
- Research Practicum
*The change from “specialization" to “concentration" will be reflected in transcripts beginning Fall 2017.