2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Journalism and Technical Communication

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

Program Requirements

Journalism and Technical Communication , BS Program Checksheet

Includes:

  • Major Courses and General Education Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose Journalism and Technical Communication? - Program Spotlight

Journalism and Technical Communication students learn about journalistic techniques applied to technical and professional communication. As with all concentrations in Technical and Professional Communication, they also learn the history and future of writing, understand the elements of writing and develop project planning skills. In addition, they analyze newspapers and print medium, contemporary news sources including the internet, 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. Students are encouraged to work with their advisors 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

Journalism and Technical 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.

More Information

Advisor/Coordinator: Dr. Zac Wendler 
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

Journalism and Technical Communication, BS - 120 Credits

Advanced Technical Writing
3
Advanced Composition
3
Proposal Writing
3
Advanced Business Writing
3
Type & Technology
3
Web Design and Planning
3
Journalism Internship
2
History of Rhetoric - Style
3
Prof Technical Communication
4
Multimedia Design and Writers
3
Tech Communication Internship
4 TO 8
Tech Communication Seminar
4
COMM 3xx - One 300-Level Communications Elective - 3 Credits
Program Electives - 15 Credits
Portfolio Approval (Completed and presented as part of ENGL 499 capstone course)
Content Specialty - Journalism - 21 Credits
Writing for Mass Media
3
Reporting
3
Publication Editing
3
Feature and Opinion Writing
3
Understanding Mass Media
3
Select Two:
COMM 385
Array
Streaming Media Production
3
Web Design and Planning
3
Script Writing
3