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Technical Communication

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The B.S. in Technical Communication prepares students for successful careers involving scientific, technical and computer-related communication.

Today’s technical communicators are professionals with strong backgrounds in technology, communication and design. Their work goes beyond writing documents and involves organizing, managing, communicating and facilitating technical and non-technical information in a range of fields and media.

Technical communicators develop and design websites, explain science and technology to the public, develop print and multimedia materials, develop information management systems, design and deliver corporate training, and develop support systems for consumer products ranging from software for word processing or personal finances to complex data management systems.

Society for Technical Communication The Society for Technical Communication is the world’s largest and oldest professional association dedicated to the advancement of the field of technical communication. The Society’s members span the field of the technical communication profession from students and academics to practitioners and managers. Our members represent every industry segment and many countries around the globe. For more information, visit

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Technical Communication (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

General Studies
Major Requirements
ACT 102Introduction to Web Page Development3
ENG 302Modern English Grammar3
ETC 200Introduction to Technical Communication3
ETC 210Introduction to Digital Humanities3
ETC 316Internship in Technical Communication2
ETC 340Content and Design for Technical Communication3
ETC 401Senior Portfolio1
ETC 408Technical Editing3
ETC 420Technical Documentation3
ETC 421Research and Practice in Technical Communication3
ETC 424Instructional Design3
JOU 202Reporting for the Media3
JOU 204Introduction to Broadcast Journalism and Production3
or JOU 328 Multimedia Storytelling
SPA 100Elementary Spanish I3
or GER 100 Elementary German I
or FRE 100 Elementary French I
or CHI 100 Elementary Chinese I
SPA 101Elementary Spanish II3
or GER 101 Elementary German II
or FRE 101 Elementary French II
or CHI 101 Elementary Chinese II
SPA 200Intermediate Spanish I3
or GER 200 Intermediate German I
or FRE 200 Intermediate French I
or CHI 200 Intermediate Chinese I
Select 6 hours of electives from the following:6
Organizational Communication
Business Communications
Introduction to Creative Writing
Creative Writing: Prose
Creative Writing: Poetry
Introduction to Digital Photography
Web Content and Design
Media Law and Ethics
Intermediate Spanish II
Intermediate German II
Intermediate French II
Intermediate Chinese II

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework.
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  7. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  8. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.

Are you ready to declare this major? Download, sign and submit the form to the English and Modern Languages Department.