Minor in Technical Writing

The Technical Writing Minor prepares students for careers as technical writers, who translate highly technical concepts into language and images that everyday users can understand. These writers produce user manuals and instructions, edit complex manuscripts, design documents and websites, write proposals and reports, and conduct usability tests of websites, software, and products. Technical writers work in government organizations as well as in industries like engineering, software, aerospace, and biomedicine. To prepare students for these careers, the minor provides students a strong theoretical and practical background in technical writing and editing plus skills in project management, software programs, research, and document design.

This minor draws courses from several disciplines into a coherent program. The English Department offers a 22-hour (seven course) minor open to students from any major. For Liberal Arts majors, the minor combines academic preparation in writing and editing with technical courses in science, computer science, or engineering. For majors in these technical disciplines, the minor offers additional English or Communications courses. All students complete an internship in EH 320 that provides practical, marketable experience supervised by a professional technical communicator.

 

Plan of Study for Liberal Arts Majors

For Liberal Arts majors, the minor combines academic preparation in writing and editing with technical courses in science, computer science, or engineering. Students should consult with the Director of Business and Technical Writing in planning their course of study in order to choose related technical electives that allow students to market specific skills. The following is a typical plan of study for a Liberal Arts major.

POS for Liberal Arts Major

Semester Hours

EHT 301 - Technical Writing

3

EH 302 - Technical Editing 

4

EH 303: Research and Practice   

3

EH 320 - Practicum in Writing

3

Technical Electives

9

Total

22

Liberal Arts majors should plan early to take courses in technical or scientific fields. Students with technical majors should consult the Director of Business and Technical Writing, Dr. Ryan Weber, for current requirements. All courses in the minor must be in addition to the major. Four of the seven courses in the minor must be at the 300 level. Students can view a list of sample Humanities electives on the program blog, uahtechcomm.com.

 

Plan of Study for Technical Majors

For students majoring in science, math, business, or engineering, the minor combines academic preparation in writing and editing with additional humanities courses emphasizing writing and communication skills. Technical communication courses build skills that become increasingly important as scientists and engineers progress beyond entry-level positions. Students should consult with the Director of Business and Technical Writing, Dr. Ryan Weber, in planning their course of study. Following is a typical plan of study for majors in technical disciplines.

POS for Liberal Arts Major

Semester Hours

EHT 301 - Technical Writing

3

EH 302 - Technical Editing 

4

EH 303: Research and Practice

 

EH 320 - Practicum in Writing

3

Humanities Electives

9

Total

22

All courses in the minor must be in addition to the major. Four of the seven courses in the minor must be at the 300 level. Students can view a list of sample Humanities electives on the program blog, uahtechcomm.com.