Bachelor's of Art in Technical and Professional Communication

This program is the best of both worlds: it provides a strong foundation in communication and critical thinking combined with a concrete skill set.

Arts and Sciences

Department of Communication

Emphasize all your communication skills.

Graduates will become adept at navigating communication processes in order to successfully convey their messages. Students will take courses to prepare them to write and present technical information for people outside a specific subject or industry.

Credits 120
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Program Overview

The overarching goal of the Technical and Professional Communication program is to prepare graduates to take complex information and make it consumable to internal and external audiences who may not have discipline-specific knowledge. Graduates will become more aware of the forms of communication and communication processes in order to successfully convey their messages.

The Technical and Professional Communication major will emphasize written, oral, and digital communication skills. The coursework will prepare students to collect, analyze and communicate complex information to various audiences. The Communication Department’s approach to this major asks students to complete courses including social media, interpersonal, group dynamics, visual rhetoric, technical writing and speaking, and critical thinking and information dissemination.

What to Expect

The program curriculum will draw upon three primary spheres: writing, visual, and digital storytelling; analytic and critical thinking skills; and oral and inter-personal skills. Additionally, students can select one of three specializations or tracks: Health Care; High-tech Literacy; and Corporate/Organizational. Some program-level learning outcomes include:

  • Develop and present cogent, coherent, and accurate writing for general and specialized audiences.
  • Communicated effectively to audeinces by listening actively and responding constructively as Scripture instructs within various contexts.
  • Draw from various disciplines to describe orally and in writing how existing knowledge or practice is adevanced, tested, and revised in each core field studied.
  • Distinguish and examine communication-related problems from a Christian perspective to better serve society.
  • Cultivate appropriate organizational skills related to professionalism, work ethics, and attitude.
  • Analyze complex data and be able to combine them into easily-understandable presentations utilizing excellent cirtical thinking skills.

Students who specialize in the Health Care track will have their four-credit core science requirement satisfied and students who specialize in the High-tech Literacy track will have their three-credit core math requirement satisfied, reducing the overall credit load. The total credit requirement for the major is 99-102. Students will have a remaining 18-21 credits to reach the University and Department requirement of 120 credits. Students who enroll in the TPC program will be required to take a minor. 

Concentrations / Specializations
  • Health Care
  • High-tech Literacy
  • Corporate/Organizational

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