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Undergraduate Certificate

hannah and mariaThe Certificate in Technical Communication at Boise State is intended primarily for those students who do not wish to become professional technical communicators, but who wish to improve their writing and editing skills. Some of these students are English majors, studying literature, creative or expository writing, or English education; however, many are from outside the Department of English and even outside the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Certificate consists of three required courses and two courses chosen from a list of electives.

The required courses

ENGL 302 Technical Rhetoric

An introduction to the rhetoric of technical communication for English majors and others who are considering a career in the field. Topics include information design, technical communication ethics, instructional writing, and strategies of visual and verbal rhetoric. PREREQ: ENGL 102 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 304 Argument

Study of various kinds of arguments (causal, proposal, definition) used in academic and civic writing. Provides an overview of the history and terminology of argument, and allows students to workshop their own argumentative writing. PREREQ: ENGL 102 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 312 Technical Communication Applications

An advanced study of technical communication for those students who are considering a career in the field. Assignments are related to each student’s background and field of interest. Topics include in-depth work in technical style, technical presentations, and the common kinds of documents produced in business and industry, including proposals, progress reports, formal reports, and Web sites. PREREQ: ENGL 302 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 403 Technical Editing

An introduction to the role of the technical editor in organizational settings. Topics include copyediting, comprehensive editing, proofreading, working with authors, and preparing documents for publication. PREREQ: ENGL 312 or PERM/INST.

The electives

The electives consist of twelve courses from numerous fields: communication, organizational communication, management information systems, linguistics, management, sociology, and marketing. All are three-credit courses. Choose any two from the following courses:

Application and Admission

There are no application and admission requirements. However, you must fulfill the prerequisites of each course you choose.

To obtain a certificate you must:

  • have already completed or complete, at the same time as the certificate, an associate or baccalaureate degree
  • complete the number of credits specified for your program
  • attain a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0
  • attain a grade of C- or higher in all upper-division courses required by the certificate, unless otherwise required by department
  • not have a grade of I (incomplete) on your record
  • complete graduation application by posted deadline

You may apply for graduation by logging on to your my.BoiseState student account. You must pay a non-refundable graduation application fee when applying.