The minor in technical communication is intended to help students develop a foundation in effective professional communication that will make them more competitive in their chosen career path.

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The minor in technical communication provides students from other degree programs a foundation in workplace-oriented communication skills that will complement many majors, particularly those in engineering and other technical disciplines, and can make students more competitive in their career path. The minor will teach students how to design, write, produce, and manage professional documents, both print and digital; students will also strengthen their technology abilities.

Many employers indicate that they would like new hires, particularly those in engineering and other technical fields, to possess stronger professional communication skills. Employers seek individuals who have the ability to take technical knowledge and information and be able to effectively communicate it to clients, customers, or the public (perhaps through social media) in a clear manner that a layperson can understand.

The minor in Technical Communication is 18 credits. Students take four required courses:

TWC301 Fundamentals of Writing for Digital Media
TWC401 Fundamentals of Technical Communication
TWC411 Principles of Visual Communication OR TWC421 Principles of Web Authoring
TWC431 Principles of Technical Editing

And choose two elective courses from the following:
TWC 411 Principles of Visual Communication
TWC 414 Visualizing Data and Information
TWC 421 Principles of Web Authoring
TWC 422 Social Media in the Workplace
TWC 435 Global Issues in Technical Communication
TWC 443 Grant & Proposal Writing
TWC 444 User Experience
TWC 445 Content Management and Topic-Based Authoring
TWC 446 Technical and Scientific Reports
TWC 451 Copyright and Intellectual Property in the Electronic Age
TWC 452 Information in the Digital Age
TWC 453 Information and Communications Technology in American History
TWC 454 Information Technology and Culture
TWC 494 Special Topics

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A student wishing to pursue a specific minor should consult an academic advisor in the unit offering that minor to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. The student should also consult an academic advisor in the college or department of the major to make sure the college or department of the major allows the recognition of the minor.

Note: Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate either by the college or department of the major or minor. Courses taken as part of a minor may not count toward both the major degree and the minor. Please contact the department for more information.

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