The technical communication curriculum covers the theory and practice of communication in written, oral and visual forms. Students produce a variety of technical documents in print and digital forms; practice project management in a user community; and become adept at audience analysis, needs assessment, document design and team building.
Thanks to a recent partnership with Adobe Systems Inc., students can work on these projects and products in the Adobe Technical Communication Suite, which contains full versions of the company’s award-winning, industry-standard software, including FrameMaker, RoboHelp, Captivate, Presenter and Acrobat.
Students may take courses in technical marketing communication, help authoring, proposal writing, usability studies, technical editing, and international technical communication, as well as many others.
The bachelor's degree includes a 9-credit-hour common core in English and technical communication; a 12-credit-hour core module in technical communication, English, or linguistics; and 12 additional credit hours of English and/or technical communication courses. You may work with an advisor to select the additional 12 credit hours.
The department offers a Master of Science (the only of its kind in Missouri) for students who have a bachelor's degree in technical communication or any other field of study and who wish to pursue a career in technical communication and any field that depends heavily on communication in the workplace.
The department offers an undergraduate certificate in technical writing, and a graduate certificate in technical communication, which can be taken online or on campus. Courses taken toward the graduate certificate can later be used to fulfill degree requirements for the Master of Science.
For students majoring in other disciplines, the department offers an undergraduate minor in technical communication, as well as a graduate minor in technical communication, which can be taken online or on campus. The graduate minor requires four courses, but up to two of those courses may be communication-intensive courses in your home department.