Professional and Technical Communication Concentration

The Professional and Technical Communication (PTC) concentration provides graduate students with a strong theoretical background to pursue research in workplace writing and communication, as well as practical expertise in analyzing, creating, and revising genres in technical writing fields. The concentration provides additional education and training for students who are preparing for careers within the field of PTC, including the fields of Engineering, Business, Nursing, and Law that require facility with technical and scientific communication skills in business environments. Graduate students whose primary major is in the sciences would also benefit from the complementary communication and research strategies learned. Students seeking to pursue a Ph.D. will find this M.A. concentration to be a useful foundation.

Core (9 credit hours)

One 6000-level course in American Literature 
One 6000-level course in British Literature
ENGL 6000


Content Courses in Professional and Technical Communication (15 total credit hours:PC 6030 and 6050, plus 9 credit hours from 5000-level courses below)*

PC 6030 (Core Issues and Research in Professional and Technical Communication)
PC 6050 (Advanced Topics in Technical Writing)

PC 5850 (Internship)
PC 5940 (Technical Editing)
PC 5970 (Professional Communication II)
PC 5990 (Seminar in Professional Communication)
*ENGL 6010 may be substituted for one of the 5000-level courses above.

For students who have taken any of the above courses at the 4000-level, two of the following courses may be substituted for two of the above 5000-level courses:

ENGL 5411 Writing in the Professions
ENGL 5421 Forms of Argumentation and Persuasion: Theory and Practice
ENGL 5511 Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics
ENGL 5531 Grammar and Language
ENGL 5541 Topics in Linguistics/Language
ENGL 5551 Introduction to Rhetoric: Theory and Practice
ENGL 5561 American English

Thesis Hours (6 credit hours)

ENGL 6990


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