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WRTC Degree Requirements

Students in the SUB. Photo by Brian Angers.

Students in the SUB. Photo by Brian Angers.

The Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication (WRTC) emphasis offers students a customizable degree plan that combines the best elements of writing, rhetoric, technical communication. Through a combination of foundational courses and a series of options, students may build their own degree. The result is a community-based program that prepares students with both the practical and rhetorical skills they need to be successful in today’s job market.

In addition to Boise State’s general education requirements, a WRTC degree features coursework in four key areas:

  • English Department Core Studies
  • The Craft of Writing
  • Perspectives on Rhetoric and Technical Communication
  • Writing in Action

See below for degree requirements for the Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication (WRTC) emphasis. Click here to read the course descriptions.

English, Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication Emphasis B.A.


 
Total120
Course Number and TitleCredits
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing3
ENGL 102 Intro to College Writing and Research3
UF 100 Intellectual Foundations3
UF 200 Civic and Ethical Foundations3
DLM Mathematics3-4
DLN Natural, Physical, & Applied Sciences course with lab4
DLN Natural, Physical, and Applied Sciences course in a second field3-4
DLV Visual and Performing Arts3
DLL Literature and Humanities3-4
DLS Social Sciences course3
DLS Social Sciences course in a second field3
English Department Core Studies
ENGL 198 Introduction to English Studies1
ENGL 201 Nonfiction Writing3
ENGL 275 Methods of Literary Studies3
LING 305 Introduction to Language Studies3
The Craft of Writing
ENGL 202 Technical Communication3
ENGL 204 Creative Nonfiction: Genres and Contexts3
ENGL 302 Technical Rhetoric and Genres OR ENGL 401 Advanced Nonfiction Writing3
Perspectives on Rhetoric and Technical Communication
ENGL 115 Rhetoric and Popular Culture3
ENGL 324 Topics in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication3
COMM 321 Rhetorical Theories OR ENGL 415 Technical Documentation and Usability3
COMM 331 Message Analysis and Criticism OR ENGL 416 User-Centered Design Principles OR ENGL 425 Rhetoric and Society3
Writing in Action
CID ENGL 304 Argument3
ENGL 314 Proposal Development3
ENGL 329 Grammar, Style, and Writing OR ENGL 403 Editing for Clear Communication3
ENGL 303 Tutoring in the Writing Center OR ENGL 310 Writing, Advocacy, and Leadership OR ENGL 408 Writing for Nonprofits and Social Media OR ENGL 493 Internship3
FF ENGL 492 Capstone in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication3
Upper-division electives that are relevant to area of interest: ENGL, LING, or COMM courses. Students should meet with their advisor to create a cohesive sequence of courses based on academic and career goals.15
Electives to total 120 credits22-25