Technical Communication and Rhetoric Courses

Course Descriptions

ENGL 3400: Writing for the Workplace

Students are introduced to professional workplace writing, transitioning from writing for academic audiences to writing workplace documents. Students design and write professional documents, synthesize and evaluate arguments on technology and society, and collaborate in teams to present technical information

ENGL 3410: Digital Writing Technologies

Teaches students how to learn writing technologies used by professional communicators, including photo manipulation software, advanced document design software, basic HTML and CSS, and screencasting tools.

ENGL 3450: Workplace Research

Teaches students to conduct research using methods employed by professionals in the workplace. Students learn to work in teams, collect and analyze data, and make research-based recommendations to solve organizational problems.

ENGL 3460: Rhetorical Theory

Prepares students to analyze persuasive communication as it is enacted in a variety of texts and contexts. Students learn to define and understand rhetorical situations and theories and to evaluate rhetorical strategies.

ENGL 4400: Professional Editing

Students learn editing of technical and scientific documents; working with deadlines, levels of editing, and editing marks; working with groups of editors and clients; and revising document design.

ENGL 4410: Document Design and Graphics

Teaches design principles, color theory, typography, and graphics. Students learn to analyze and improve the design of existing documents, as well as to design new documents to meet stakeholders’ needs.

ENGL 4900: Internship/Cooperative Work Experience

Offers credit for professional experience obtained outside the classroom, prior to graduation. Requires statement of professional goals and summary report following the experience. 

ENGL 5400: Technologies and Activism

Students examine the role of ethics and social justice in the use and development of technology, learning to connect theory and heuristics with user advocacy and decision making. Topics, which vary by instructor, have included digital democracy and hacktivism, gender and technology, and accessibility.

ENGL 5410: Digital and Social Media

Examines digital media genres, providing opportunities for students to apply theories and best practices in developing many types of digital documents. Topics, which vary by instructor, have included social media marketing, writing for people with disabilities, writing for the gaming industry, and international professional communication.

ENGL 5420: Project Management in Technical Communication

Students study project management strategies involving and affecting diverse groups of stakeholders. Students learn how gender, race, culture, age, ideology, and socioeconomic class influence the design, execution, and outcomes of projects. 

ENGL 5430: Technical Communication Capstone

Students study how to successfully negotiate the job market in fields related to English, such as technical communication, user experience (UX), and publishing. Students learn how to professionalize; to develop successful job application materials such as a portfolio website, resumes, cover letters, and social media profiles; and to prepare for job interviews.

ENGL 5490: Topics in Technical Communication and Rhetoric

Students study topics designed to enrich their understanding of technical communication and rhetoric. Topics, which vary by instructor, have included crisis communication, ethics and technology, marketing and public relations, and user experience design and testing.