About the Degree
The Professional/Technical writing emphasis prepares the student for careers involving writing, including public relations, copy writing and editing, technical writing and desktop publishing. The senior capstone experience involves either a Senior Seminar in the literary studies or one or two internships with a writing emphasis. These internships furnish the students with practical experience using writing and research skills in a workplace environment.
What You'll Learn
- Students will produce a variety of professional/technical documents.
- Students will produce writing possessing characteristics of strong professional/technical writing.
- Students will produce writing that reflects the target audience(s) in its design, tone, discourse community language or jargon.
- Students will produce writing demonstrating the persuasiveness of professional/technical writing.
- Students will engage in research, drafting, revision, and reflection as part of the writing process.
- Students will use technology in the writing process, including writing for the web and social media.
- Students will write both collaboratively and independently.
This Degree is Great for You if:
- You contemplate a career that will require you to translate highly technical data into readable basic text.
- You want to earn an average yearly salary of $65, 500 a year (as of 2012).
- You're interested in pursuing a Master's and/or Ph.D and teaching professional/technical writing in a college or university.