Technical Writing, Minor

Program Code: TEHWR_UMNR

Program Description

The Department of English offers an 18-credit minor leading to a Technical Writing certificate to all students, regardless of major or college, who want to do concentrated work in technical writing.

What is Technical Writing?

The Minor in Technical Writing responds to the growing need in business, industry, and government for people who can communicate the results of technical work at a level of competence substantially above that usually found in beginning professionals. Indeed, industry and government leaders testify repeatedly that professional success depends both on excellent professional work and on the powerful communication of that work. This 18-credit minor provides all undergraduate students, regardless of college or major, the opportunity for concentrated work in technical writing.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ENGL 418Advanced Technical Writing and Editing3
Additional Courses 1
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3-6 credits from the following:3-6
Organizational Communication Theory and Research Keystone/General Education Course
Organizational Communication Theory and Research Keystone/General Education Course
Rhetorical Theory and Practice
Rhetorical Traditions
Current Theories of Writing and Reading
Rhetorical Approaches to Discourse
Issues in Rhetoric and Composition
STS/PHIL 407
Ethics in Science and Engineering
Select 6-9 credits from the following:6-9
Advanced Nonfiction Writing
Science Writing
The Editorial Process
Advanced Business Writing
Writing for the Web
Advanced Expository Writing
Communication Design for Writers
Internship
Select 3-6 credits from the following:3-6
Interactive Learning and Web-Design Keystone/General Education Course
Visual Images on the Web Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Web Design Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Graphic Design Keystone/General Education Course
World Technologies and Learning Keystone/General Education Course
Design, Development, and Evaluation of Internet Resources
Engineering Psychology
Advanced Cognitive Psychology
Supporting Courses and Related Areas 1
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 0-3 credits0-3
1

Some courses in this category may have prerequisites that are not required in the minor.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Liberal Arts Academic Advising
814-865-2545
Use the Liberal Arts Majors and Minors web page to see the contact information for the specific adviser(s) of this program

harrisburg

Russell Kirkscey
Assistant Professor of English and Technical and Professional Writing
W355 Olmsted Building
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6189
trk82@psu.edu

New Kensington

Andrea Adolph
Director of Academic Affairs
3550 Seventh Street Rd.
New Kensington, PA 15068
724-334-6031
aea13@psu.edu

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
113 Burrowes Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-8032
selber@psu.edu

http://english.la.psu.edu/undergraduate

Harrisburg

SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES
W355 Olmsted Building
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6189
trk82@psu.edu

New Kensington

3550 Seventh Street Rd.
New Kensington, PA 15068
724-334-6031
aea13@psu.edu