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Bachelor in Technical Communication

Eastern Washington University offers the only BA in Technical Communication in the State of Washington.

As part of this program, you complete a core set of technical communication courses. The courses include studies in grammar, editing, document design and usability, proposal writing, and writing instructions. The program also includes a capstone course and a professional internship, requiring at least 200 hours of supervised work in a business, industry or agency related to the student's academic preparation and career goals. In addition to the core courses in technical communication, students also complete courses in graphic design and public relations.

What will I study?

As a part of this program, you will learn to design user interfaces, create a wide range of professional and technical documents, test products and documents for usability, design and develop websites, and prodcue documents for desktop publishing. You will also have the opportunity to gain real world experience by participating in service learning projects in several of the core courses of the program. Each of these projects will introduce you to actual consultant work under the supervision of professors. You will gain valuable portfolio material and the opportunity for long-term professional relationships, preparing you for employment immediately after graduation. EWU's program is designed to deliver:

  • Real world experience even as you learn, preparing you for employment immediately after graduation
  • Experience working in teams with a variety of members and clients, and the opportunity to form lasting connections with them
  • A diverse set of skills, including writing, instructional design, graphic design, website development, public relations, and usability testing  

Note: two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college-level foreign language is required in addition to degree requirements.

For detailed information on course requirements, please see the current EWU catalog

Emphases / Concentrations:

  • Graphic design and public relations

Interesting courses I might take:

  • Introduction to technical Communication (good for developing workplace writing skills and to learn more about technical communication); Grammar for Professional Writers (open to all students); Proposal Writing (develops grant writing skills); Instructions and Procedures (focuses on how to write effective and useable instructions); and comming soon--Writng for Sustainability.

What could I do with my degree?

  • Technical Writer; Technical Communicator; Informational Designer; Information Architect; Information Developer; Instructional Designer; Business Writer; Graphic Designer; Website Designer/Developer; Professional Writer; Document Manager; Document Controller; Public Relations Expert; Public Relations Writer; Marketing Communicator; Content Developer
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