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Technical Communication Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Writing Studies Department
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of Writing Studies, 215 Nolte Center, 315 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455; (612-624-3445; fax: 612-624-3617)
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 15
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Technical Communication PBacc Cert
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Certificate courses are taught by graduate faculty who themselves have active research agendas. The program, whenever possible, provides opportunities for students to apply knowledge to solve community and industry problems within the field of technical communication through authentic learning opportunities in the program's courses.
Program Delivery
  • completely online (all program coursework can be completed online)
Prerequisites for Admission
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Fall Term Courses
WRIT 5001 - Introduction to Graduate Studies in Scientific and Technical Communication (3.0 cr)
WRIT 4662W - Writing With Digital Technologies [WI] (3.0 cr)
Spring Term Courses
WRIT 4562 - International Professional Communication (3.0 cr)
WRIT 5112 - Information Design: Theory and Practice (3.0 cr)
Summer Term Course
WRIT 5561 - Editing and Style for Technical Communicators (3.0 cr)
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WRIT 5001 - Introduction to Graduate Studies in Scientific and Technical Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
History of technical communication. Different audiences, purposes, genres, and emerging trends. International/intercultural issues. Students participate within a community of technical communication professionals. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
WRIT 4662W - Writing With Digital Technologies (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
WRIT 4662W is an advanced level Writing Studies course that explores various digital writing technologies and provides multiple opportunities to assess writing situations and make appropriate decisions about digital form and production. Students will learn the basic building blocks of writing in Internet environments (text, sound, images, video) as well as the vocabularies, functionalities, and organizing structures of Web 2.0 environments, how these impact understanding and use of information, and how to produce these environments (i.e., multimedia internet documents) for interactivity and use. This course includes design projects and practice with apps, markup language, content management systems, video, and social media. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
WRIT 4562 - International Professional Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
The increasingly global nature of communication presents new challenges and opportunities as communicators develop content for and work with clients and colleagues from other cultures. Moreover, professionals increasingly perform their work as part of global virtual teams using multiple synchronous and asynchronous technologies. Thus, this course includes resources and experiences designed to increase a studentís skill at communicating with multicultural audiences, working as a member of international teams, and using multiple technologies as part of this work.
WRIT 5112 - Information Design: Theory and Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This course examines how verbal, visual, data, and other forms of content can be designed and combined to create meaning, improve comprehension, and make information more usable. In particular, we will study the rhetorical roles visual elements play in print and digital communications, and how we as technical communicators can use visual means to reach audiences, convey information, and achieve rhetorical goals. We will read and discuss theory, practice information design skills, and apply both to real communications projects suitable for inclusion in a professional portfolio. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
WRIT 5561 - Editing and Style for Technical Communicators
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Proofreading, copy-editing, comprehensive editing. Students primarily use electronic editing methods.Editor's responsibilities, relationship to writers, roles within an organization, style guides, ethical choices. Editing in global setting. Editing/style for visual design and online documents. prereq: [Grad student, knowledge of grammar/punctuation rules] or instr consent