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Technical Writing and Communication Minor

Writing Studies Department
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 16 to 18
The minor provides theoretical and practical information about how to communicate complex technical information to various audiences. Students take required courses in written communication, visual communication and in communication technologies. Additional courses (e.g., oral communication, project management, international communication) are selected to complement students' career plans. For help in planning the minor, contact the Assistant Director of the Technical Writing and Communication Program in the Department of Writing Studies in 202 Nolte Center.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Students may earn a B.S. in technical writing and communication or a minor in technical writing and communication, but not both.
Minor Courses
WRIT 3441 - Editing, Critique, and Style (3.0 cr)
WRIT 3562W - Technical and Professional Writing [WI] (4.0 cr)
WRIT 3257 - Technical and Professional Presentations (3.0 cr)
or WRIT 3671 - Visual Rhetoric and Document Design (3.0 cr)
Upper-division Electives
Independent study and internship courses cannot be used to satisfy the WRIT 3xxx-5xxx elective requirement.
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· WRIT 3xxx
· WRIT 4xxx
· WRIT 5xxx
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WRIT 3441 - Editing, Critique, and Style
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01667
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Editing for style, correctness, and content. Grammar/punctuation, Copyediting/proofreading. Working with a writer to develop, organize, write, and polish a document. Editing technical/scientific information. Paper/electronic assignments. prereq: Soph or jr or sr
WRIT 3562W - Technical and Professional Writing (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01235 - Writ 3562V/Writ 3562W
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Technical and professional writing communicates complex information to solve problems or complete tasks. It requires not only knowledge of workplace genres, but also a skill of composing such genres. This course allows students to practice rhetorically analyzing writing situations and composing workplace genres: memos, proposals, instructions, research reports, and presentations.
WRIT 3257 - Technical and Professional Presentations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Oral presentation skills for technical or professional topics. Visual communication, audience analysis, organizing presentation, presenting complex material. Emphasizes use of computers.
WRIT 3671 - Visual Rhetoric and Document Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Rhetorical principles applied to visual displays of information/data in print/online documents. Analyze/create examples of visual communication/design for selected documents combined with various writing strategies.