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B.A. Degree Requirements

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  • You may use the graduation requirements in effect at any time you were attending Boise State.
  • If you are a currently enrolled student who is using a course catalog from 2015-2016 or before, click here to view the requirements for the old (2015-2016 and prior) catalogs.
  • If you’re not sure which catalog you are using, please contact your advisor.

Required Courses

In addition to the Core requirements or Foundational Studies Program requirements, students must take the following courses, as indicated below.

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 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 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 Editing for Clear Communication

An introduction to editing workplace documents so that audiences can understand them clearly and use them efficiently. Topics include copyediting, comprehensive editing, proofreading, principles of plain language, working with authors, and preparing documents for publication. PREREQ: ENGL 302 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 408 Writing for Nonprofits and Social Media

Study of content strategy for businesses and nonprofits. Students will produce basic print documents, such as brochures, data sheets, and flyers, and they will develop social media content in projects for clients or service-learning partners. PREREQ: ENGL 302 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 415 Instructional Writing and Software Documentation

An advanced study and application of the principles involved in planning, creating, writing, and designing instructional information on the screen. Topics include audience analysis; multimedia content integration; principles of writing usable, accessible information online; and effective instructional design. Students will learn to effectively design, write, and present informational and instructional content in genres such as websites, product documentation, FAQs, and video tutorials. PREREQ: ENGL 302 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 416 Interaction Design for Technical Communicators

Interaction design focuses on the relationships between people and the products, services, and systems that they use. Students in this course will learn how users interact with their virtual environments and how to make successful digital experiences, both for the web and for mobile devices. Topics, which borrow from fields including psychology, human factors, and usability engineering, include user prototyping, interface design, and information structuring. PREREQ: ENGL 302 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 493 Internship

Internship credits are earned in supervised field work specifically related to a student’s major. For information about arranging internships and contacting the Internship Director, see the internships information page. PREREQ: None.

ENGL 499 Capstone in Technical Communication

A culminating experience course that focuses on writing, critical inquiry, and teamwork. This course covers the study and application of principles for creating a portfolio consisting of print and on-screen documents. Addresses strategies for working successfully as a technical communicator in industry. Topics include content design and organization, collaboration, writing style, graphic design, principles of Web design, online help systems, and usability testing. PREREQ: ENGL 302 and senior standing or PERM/INST.


Elective Courses

[6 credits]: Communication and Games, Interactive Media, and Mobile Technology (GIMM) courses chosen from:

  • 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
  • GIMM 100 Digital Tools for Interactivity
  • GIMM 110 Interactive Programming
  • GIMM 200 Visual Storytelling
  • GIMM 250 Interactive Storytelling

[3 credits]: Accounting, General Business, Management, Information Technology Management, and Sociology courses chosen from:

  • ACCT 205 Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • GENBUS 441 Business In Society: Ethics, Responsibility & Sustainability
  • ITM 310 Business Intelligence
  • ITM 315 Database Systems
  • NONPROF 240 Introduction to Nonprofit Management
  • NONPROF 450 Volunteer Management and the NonProfit
  • HRM 305 Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 301 Leadership Skills
  • MGMT 401 Organizational Behavior
  • MGMT 405 Management of Continuous Learning
  • SOC 487 Organizational Theory and Bureaucratic Structure


Technical Communication Emphasis students are advised not to take ENGL 202 Introduction to Technical Communication to fulfill a DLS requirement. The information covered in ENGL 202 is covered in greater detail in the required course: ENGL 302.

*COMM 101 can be counted as fulfilling one of the DLS field requirements.

All courses used toward the English degree must be passed with a grade of C- or higher.