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Technical and Professional Communication

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Why Choose Technical & Professional Communication?

Technical and Professional Communication students learn the history and future of writing, edit technical manuals, understand the elements of writing technical documents, and develop project planning skills. In addition, they analyze technical journals, books, magazines, and speeches.

All TPC students identify a content specialty concentration, a 21-credit grouping of courses that builds on their interest in a specific career area. While many TPC students enter the program with an associate degree in a technical area - for example, electronics or plastics technology - many develop their technical specialty based on an established area of expertise in the field of technical communication.

A wide variety of content specialty concentrations are possible, including electronics, automotive technology, computer information systems, plastics technology, medical writing, applied mathematics, visual communication, technical training, and applied biology. These concentrations are not, however, the only areas of specialty allowed by the program; students are encouraged to work with their advisor to select the best grouping of courses for their professional interests. The content specialty gives students a specialized background and typically opens the door to their first professional job.

Career Opportunities

Technical and professional communication is a combination of writing, organizing, and communicating information. Students gain an understanding of communication media, technical and expository writing, desktop publishing, verbal communication, and a chosen technical or professional specialty.

Job opportunities continue to grow for graduates of this program. Nearly every industry needs employees who can communicate technical and professional information effectively to its customers and clients. Jobs also are expanding into marketing, advertising, and public relations fields.

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity, and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT/SAT16 composite score, and ACT/SAT16 Reading and Mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT/SAT16 scores for admission review.

General Education Requirements

This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree. Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website.

All University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/academics/general-education/requirements/BA-BS.htm

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives:  http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/academics/general-education/courses/index.htm

Consult the official checksheet or program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

The Technical and Professional Communication program leads to a bachelor of science degree. Graduation requires a 2.0 cummulative GPA in all FSU courses; 3.0 cumulative GPA in all 300-level ENGL courses with minimum 2.3 GPA in individual 400-level ENGL courses, and at least 120 credits including completion of all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website. Students also must present a satisfactory portfolio for graduation.

More Information

Program Coordinator: Dr. Sandy Balkema
Phone: 231-591-5631
E-mail:

Department of English, Literature and World Languages 
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 3080
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Phone: 231-591-3988

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Technical & Professional Communication - 120 Minimum Credits

Major Requirements - 54 Credits
Advanced Technical Writing
3
Advanced Composition
3
Proposal Writing
3
Advanced Business Writing
3
Type & Technology
3
Web Design and Planning
3
Special Topics in Tech Comm
1
History of Rhetoric - Style
3
Prof Technical Communication
4
Multimedia Design and Writers
3
Tech Communication Internship
4 TO 8
Tech Communication Seminar
4
*Must take ENGL 280 at least 3 times
Program Electives - 15 Credits
Portfolio Approval (completed & presented as part of ENGL 499 Capstone Course)
Content Specialty - 21 Credits Required (Consult with program advisor for approval of appropriate course work.