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Important News: Undergraduate Technical Communication Emphasis Becomes Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication

Based on several years of program assessment, we determined that our current undergraduate tech comm emphasis does not meet the needs of our students. In its place, we have revised the BA in English, Writing Emphasis (now called Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication or WRTC) to combine the best elements of writing, rhetoric, and technical communication into a relevant, community-focused undergraduate emphasis that provides students with a strong foundation in rhetorical theory and practice creating a variety of academic and workplace genres.

jessica travis danaIf you’re interested in technology and communication, then you’re interested in technical communication at Boise State.

What is technical communication?

Put simply, technical communication is a field that focuses on how to best communicate about, for, and with technology. Technical communicators often work with engineers, scientists, and other subject-matter experts to communicate complex and technical information to customers, users, and lay audiences.

What can I do with a degree or certificate in technical communication?

Some people go on to be technical writers or editors. Others go into web development or product design, usability research or online community management. Technical communicators also go into fields such as social media or web content strategy, fundraising or nonprofit management, grant writing, e-learning and instructional design, or even graphic design or event coordinating. Others may focus on ethics, international relations and communications, or marketing and public relations.

If it involves technology and communication, then technical communicators are often qualified for the job.

Why technical communication at Boise State?

As part of BSU’s technical communication program, you will learn practical skills that fit today’s workplace. Our graduates develop essential skills in writing, analysis, and technology that help clients connect, inform, and achieve. Students in technical communication are able to efficiently move through our program, learn skills valued by employers, and get to work.

Learn valuable skills and get to work.

Boise State’s undergraduate technical communication courses prepare you to do the following:

  • Create clear, concise documents that help audiences accomplish specific tasks, solve problems, and understand technical information.
  • Use technology to create, design, manage, and deliver content, including Web 2.0 tools, mobile devices and apps, and social media.
  • Apply concepts of audience, context, and purpose to make effective and ethical choices about style, organization, content, and design.
  • Communicate effectively through a variety of print and digital media and in face-to-face situations.
  • Critically read and edit your own and others’ workplace documents.

Take classes that suit your schedule.

Another distinguishing feature of our program is our flexibility. We accommodate students with busy schedules by offering afternoon, evening, online, face-to-face, and hybrid courses.

Learn from dedicated, enthusiastic, and experienced faculty.

We also have a fantastic group of faculty who are dedicated to sharing their real-world experiences and connecting students to the Boise community and beyond through service learning, internships, and job opportunities.

What degree(s) and credentials can I earn?

The undergraduate technical communication program at Boise State offers a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in writing, rhetoric, and technical communication, as well as a technical communication certificate that can be earned in conjunction with any other degree plan on campus.

How can I learn more?

We are happy to help you with admissions questions, information about financial aid, or any other questions you may have.

Should you like to learn more about the Certificate in Technical Communication, please contact Dr. Roger Munger, Director of Technical Communication, at

If you’d like to learn more about the undergraduate emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication, please contact Dr. Whitney Douglas, Director of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication, at