Skip to Main Content

M.A. Degree Requirements: 2015-2016 Course Catalogs and Prior

Planning courseworkIn Fall 2016, we revised our curriculum and requirements. Therefore, please pay close attention to the specific requirements for the course catalog that you are using..

Note: The below requirements are for those on the old catalog, meaning from 2015-2016 and prior. Click here to view the requirements for the new catalog, beginning Fall 2016.

If you’re not sure which catalog you are using, please contact your advisor.

Required Courses

ENGL 511 Rhetorical Theory for Workplace Writers

An introduction to rhetorical theories and concepts relevant to workplace settings, such as rhetorical genre theory, applied linguistics, ethics, and the rhetoric of science. Interdisciplinary approaches include cultural studies, STEM communication, linguistics, psychology and sociology.

ENGL 512 Technical Rhetoric and Applications

An advanced study of technical communication for those students who are or expect to become professional technical communicators. Topics of study include modern theories of rhetoric, focusing on semantics, syntax, readability, pragmatics, and hypertext. Students will write reports, proposals, manuals, and online documents related to their own backgrounds and fields of interest. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.

ENGL 513 Technical Editing

An advanced course in the editing of technical documents. Major projects are related to each student’s field of interest. Topics of study include the theory and ethics of editing, content editing, copy editing, developmental editing, production editing, and online editing. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.

ENGL 514 Technical Communication Ethics

An examination of the various ethical issues inherent in the practice of technical communication. Topics include the ancient debate about the claims of philosophy and rhetoric; Kant’s categorical imperative; the modern standards of rights, justice, utility, and care; the employee’s obligations to the employer, the public, and the environment; and the common ethical issues faced by technical communicators, including plagiarism and copyright violation, the fair use of words and graphics, trade secrets, whistleblowing, and codes of conduct. The course will use the case study method.

ENGL 515 Visual Rhetoric and Information Design

A study and application of the rhetorical elements of design, including color, line, form, images, and type. Students will be introduced to desktop publishing, graphics, and Web-authoring software. Students will apply principles of visual rhetoric in creating print and online technical documents. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST

ENGL 516 Topics in Print Document Production

Study and application of the principles and techniques involved in taking print documents from conception to production. Topics will vary but can include desktop publishing, estimating time and cost, selecting paper and binding, working with pre-press and printing companies, and selecting appropriate distribution systems. The course assumes experience with personal computers and desktop publishing software. This course may be taken twice for credit. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.

ENGL 517 Oral Communication for Technical Communicators

The theory and practice of several major kinds of oral communication modes used by technical communicators, including interviewing of technical experts and clients, group discussion, and technical presentations that incorporate presentation software. PREREQ: ENGL 515 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 521 Topics in On-Screen Document Production

Study and application of the principles involved in designing, creating, and managing information on the screen. Topics vary but can include advanced Web design, help systems, and multimedia applications. Students practice effective hypertext and screen-design techniques from the fields of cognitive science, software psychology, and human factors. This course may be taken twice for credit. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.

ENGL 590 Internship

An actual work experience during at least one semester in which the student creates a substantial body of work in technical communication for a specific audience. This body of work should demonstrate at a professional level the application of the principles learned in previous course work. For information about arranging internships and contacting the Internship Director, see the internships information page. PREREQ: None.

Culminating Activity

Choose from:
ENGL 591 Project
ENGL 592 Portfolio
ENGL 593 Thesis

Elective Courses

  • Students choose 3 elective credits if they choose to complete a project or thesis, or 6 elective credits if they choose to complete a portfolio.