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B.A. Degree Requirements

heather and danielNote: As of Fall 2018, the technical communication B.A. emphasis is now the Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication emphasis. Click here for information about the new degree.

The below requirements are for students using catalogs from 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 only. If you are a technical communication major using the 2015-2016 catalog or earlier, please contact your advisor for more information.

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
  • ENGL 304 Argument
  • ENGL 314 Proposal Development
  • ENGL 408 Writing for Nonprofits and Social Media
  • ENGL 415 Technical Documentation and Usability
  • ENGL 416 User-Centered Design
  • ENGL 493 Internship
  • ENGL 499 Capstone in Technical Communication

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.