Technical communication minors

The Department of English and Technical Communication offers undergraduate and graduate minors in technical communication for students majoring in other disciplines.

This minor is a logical complement to a degree in engineering or one of the sciences. The courses you take will prepare you to design usable documents that communicate scientific and technical information effectively.

Required Courses: 9 hours

Electives: 6 hours of 300-level TCH COM courses, such as

The faculty advisors for this minor are:

Dr. Ed Malone – office location: H-SS 222, phone: 573-341-4681
Dr. Kathryn Northcut – office location: H-SS 216, phone: 573-341-4681
Dr. David Wright – office location: H-SS 218, phone: 573-341-4681

This minor, open to any graduate student, is designed to strengthen the written, oral, and visual communication skills of students majoring in the sciences, engineering, management, information systems, or other fields. The minor, which is also available online, will be particularly useful for those students who will pursue the “paper option” thesis or dissertation.  The minor will also be beneficial to those students who will make oral or poster presentations at technical conferences, write journal articles, prepare research proposals, design technical web pages, or prepare technical marketing information.

The program requires a minimum of 12 hours of credit (excluding all courses taken for undergraduate credit): a minimum of six hours of 3000- or 5000-level courses with the TCH COM designation and at least six additional hours of technical communication–intensive courses. The additional courses may come from courses with the TCH COM designation, the list of approved technical communication– intensive courses (see below), and/or technical communication–intensive courses in any academic discipline with the approval of the minor advisor and the Minor Advisory Committee.

Students can elect to pursue this minor at any point during their graduate studies by submitting the Application for a Designated Graduate Minor form (available at to the Department of English and Technical Communication.  Upon application, each student will be assigned a minor advisor who will work with the student to develop a proposed list of courses to fulfill the program requirements. 

Approved Technical CommunicationIntensive Courses:

BIO SCI 6313 Environmental Microbiology
BUS 3111 Business Negotiations
ENGL 2410 Theories of Written Communication
ENGL 5571 Advanced Writing for Science & Engineering
GE 5092 International Engineering and Design
IST 6887 HCI Research Methods
MATH 3109 Foundations of Mathematics
MATH 5603 Mathematical Modeling
MATH 5108 Linear Algebra 2
MATH 5154 Mathematical Logic
MSE 6120 Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria

The Technical Communication Graduate Minor Advisory Committee will evaluate other courses, upon the request of students or faculty, for inclusion on the approved list or on a case-by-case basis for individuals. 

Technical Communication Graduate Minor Advisory Committee

The Department of English and Technical Communication has formed an advisory committee for the minor. The committee is made up of faculty from various departments and is chaired by the Director of Technical Communication Programs. The committee advises the department chair on matters related to the minor. The committee will also maintain the list of approved technical communication intensive courses.  

Committee Chair:

Dr. Ed Malone, Professor, English and Technical Communication

Committee Members:  

Dr. Kristine Swenson, Professor, Department Chair, English and Technical Communication

Dr. Bill Fahrenholtz, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Dr. Kathryn Northcut, Associate Professor, English and Technical Communication

Dr. David Wright, Associate Professor, English and Technical Communication