Department of Technical Communication and Interactive Design

The Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication

The Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication provides students a hands-on approach to developing the competencies to become professionals in the field of technical communication. Our program's emphasis on digital environments means our graduates can work as user experience designers, data visualization specialists, or instructional designers. Our emphasis in this program is to create students who can customize information so audiences can understand new concepts and complex ideas.

This approach to technical communication merges technical knowledge and information design with an ultimate focus on understanding audience. Students will take classes in technical writing, technical research, front-end development, and visual design while also selecting a concentration in Data Analysis and Presentation, Technical Training, or User Experience Design.

Program Requirements

General Education - 42 hours

See listing of requirements.

The following two courses are recommended for Area D, and Area B2, respectively:

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • STAT 1107
    Introduction to Statistics
    3
  • COM 1100
    Human Communication
    3

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) - 18- 19 Credit Hours

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • TCOM 2002
    Productivity Tools and Technologies for Technical Communicators
    3
  • TCOM 2010
    Technical Writing
    3
  • TCOM 2030
    Research in Technical Communication
    3
  • DWMA 2170
    Introduction to Digital Media and Culture
    3

Take one of the following:

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • CS 1301
    Programming Principles I
    3
  • CSE 1301
    Programming and Problem Solving I
    3
  • ACST 2301
    Problem-Solving and Digital Game Design
    3
  • ICT 2101
    Information and Communications Technology
    3

Take one of the following:

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • DWMA 2050
    Digital Collaboration
    3
  • BUSA 1000
    Introduction to Business
    3
  • COM 2033
    Visual Communication
    3

Upper Division Major Requirements - 18 Credit Hours

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • TCOM 3130
    Technical Communication: Theory, Ethics, and Practice
    3
  • TCOM 4000
    Technical Editing
    3
  • DWMA 3430
    Visual Design I for Content Creators
    3
  • DWMA 3400
    Front-end Development I
    3
  • DWMA 4800
    Project Portfolio
    3
  • ENGL 4240
    Rhetorical Theory
    3

Major Concentration - 15 Credit Hours

Select one of the following:

Technical Training Concentration

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • TCOM 3030
    Instructional Design
    3
  • TCOM 3070
    User Assistance
    3
  • TCOM 4045
    Multi-Media for Technical Communicators
    3
  • TCOM 4050
    Instructional Video for Technical Communicators
    3
  • DWMA 4430
    Visual Design II for Content Creators
    3

Data Analysis and Presentation Concentration

  • TCOM 3020
    Designing Effective Proposals
    3
  • TCOM 3145
    Designing Social Media Infrastructure
    3
  • TCOM 3245
    SEO and Analytics for Technical Communicators
    3
  • INDS 3350
    Information Visualization I
    3
  • DWMA 4430
    Visual Design II for Content Creators
    3

User Experience Design Concentration

  • TCOM 3045
    Fundamentals of Information Design
    3
  • TCOM 3070
    User Assistance
    3
  • TCOM 4120
    Usability Testing
    3
  • DWMA 3800
    Front-End Development II
    3
  • DWMA 4430
    Visual Design II for Content Creators
    3

Related Studies - 12 Credit Hours

12 hours of additional 3000-4000 level courses in the Technical Communication major or from any 3000-4000 level courses in the university curriculum.

Students must pass with a C or better.

Free Electives - 14*-15 Credit Hours

Any courses within the university curriculum.

Students must pass with a D or better.


*If CS 1301 or CSE 1301 is taken in Area F.


Program Total - 120 Credit Hours

University-Wide Degree Requirements - 3 Credit Hours

See listing of requirements

Graduation Credit Hour Total - 123 Credit Hours