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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.

Note: The following requirements are effective as of Fall 2018 (for students using the 2018-2019 catalog and later). For students using the 2017-2018 catalog or earlier, please contact your advisor for more information.

Technical Communication Certificate

Course Number and TitleCredits
ENGL 202 Introduction to Technical Communication3
ENGL 403 Editing for Clear Communication3
ENGL 415 Technical Documentation and Usability3
Two of the following courses:
  • COMM 221 Interpersonal Communication

  • COMM 231 Public Speaking

  • COMM 307 Interviewing

  • COMM 356 Communication in the Small Group

  • COMM 361 Organizational Communication

  • COMM 481 Studies in Interpersonal Communication

  • ENGL 408 Writing for Nonprofits and Social Media

  • ENGL 416 User-Centered Design Principles

  • ENGL 493 Internship

  • 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

  • HRM 305 Human Resource Management

  • ITM 310 Business Intelligence

  • LING 305 Introduction to Language Studies

  • MGMT 301 Leadership Skills

  • MGMT 401 Organizational Behavior

  • MGMT 405 Management of Continuous Learning

  • MKTG 407 Marketing Communication

  • NONPROF 240 Introduction to Nonprofit Management

  • NONPROF 450 Volunteer Management and the Nonprofit

  • SOC 390 Conflict Management

  • SOC 487 Organizational Theory and Bureaucratic Structure


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.