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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.

The Certificate consists of three required courses and two courses chosen from a list of electives. A large selection of electives enables students to focus their certificate program on their interests or passions.

  • Students interested in working with nonprofits may enroll in ENGL 408 Writing for Nonprofits and Social Media, NONPROF 240 Introduction to Nonprofit Management, or NONPROF 450 Volunteer Management and the Nonprofit to fulfill their electives.
  • Students with a passion for gaming may enroll in GIMM 200 Visual Storytelling and GIMM 250 Interactive Storytelling to fulfill their electives.
  • Students who choose the certificate to complement their degrees in computer science or engineering may choose ENGL 416 Interaction Design for Technical Communicators and ENGL 415 Instructional Writing and Software Documentation to fulfill their electives.

The required courses:

ENGL 302 Technical Rhetoric and Genres

An introduction to the rhetoric of technical communication for technical communication emphasis students 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 ENGL 112) and Technical Communication Emphasis (or Certificate in Technical Communication), or PERM/INST.

ENGL 314 Proposal Development

Study of principles of effective proposal development and grant writing for a variety of business and nonprofit contexts. Students will practice developing proposals, identifying funding sources, creating proposals in response to requests/calls for proposals, and giving appropriate oral presentations. PREREQ: ENGL 102 (or ENGL 112), 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.

Electives (choose two):

  • COMM 101*** Fundamentals of Speech Communication
  • COMM 302 Research Methods
  • COMM 304 Perspectives of Inquiry
  • COMM 307 Interviewing
  • COMM 321 Rhetorical Theories
  • COMM 361 Organizational Communication
  • COMM 390 Conflict Management
  • COMM 481 Studies in Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 483 Studies in Organizational Communication
  • COMM 484 Studies in Rhetoric and Public Presentation
  • ENGL 405 Writing for Nonprofits and Social Media
  • ENGL 415 Instructional Writing and Software Documentation
  • ENGL 416 Interaction Design for Technical Communicators
  • GENBUS 360 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • GIMM 100 Digital Tools for Interactivity
  • GIMM 110 Interactive Programming
  • GIMM 200 Visual Storytelling
  • GIMM 250 Interactive Storytelling
  • ITM 310 Business Intelligence
  • LING 305 Introduction to Language Studies
  • NONPROF 240 Introduction to Nonprofit Management
  • NONPROF 450 Volunteer Management and the NonProfit
  • HRM 305 Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 401 Organizational Behavior
  • MGMT 405 Management of Continuous Learning
  • MGMT 407 Marketing Communication
  • SOC 390 Conflict Management
  • SOC 487 Organizational Theory and Bureaucratic Structure

The courses listed as electives may require prerequisites. Please refer to the course catalog.

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.