This specialization equips students to enter the growing and lucrative field of technical writing. Technical writers create sets of instructions, write product user manuals, design instructional videos, compose technical company newsletters, generate process analysis reports, and design technology corporation websites. This specialization prepares students to succeed in a variety of technical writing careers, and it is designed for both science and technology students interested in writing as well as humanities students interested in technology and science.
The professional writing specialization introduces students to specific writing, design, and communication skills commonly used in a variety of professional environments – such as journalism, writing for the media, public relations, and marketing. Related careers include speech writing, copywriting, website design, grant writing, journalistic reporting, blogging, brief writing, and policy analysis.
The public rhetoric track offers students an opportunity to practice the art of logic, persuasion, and public speaking; they will gain both oral and written skills. Students will learn the theory behind media and receive training to evaluate, critique, and create it. They may use this specialization in many spheres including public service, business, law, or technology.
Writing Courses (9 credits)
(Note: Two 2-credit courses are offered in this specialization. Students may only select one of the two to count toward the minor.)
Choose four from the following:
Choose four courses from the following: