Program Overview

The undergraduate certificate in Technical and Professional Communication is a rigorous, transcripted course of study for students who want to explore the field of technical and professional communication.

The required courses offer a foundation through which students can develop skills as writers and editors while also getting a survey of the opportunities available to them in technical and professional communication.

This certificate is particularly appropriate for students in STEM who would like to add credentials in Technical and Professional Communication to their transcripts.

The elective courses invite students to hone their writing in one of several courses designed to offer students a taste of what a 21st-Century technical and professional communication professional can expect.


Learning Goals

  • Student Learning Outcome 1: Ethically assess diverse audience needs for appropriately chosen communication outputs and create content to serve these audiences’ needs.
  • Student Learning Outcome 2: Collaborate with colleagues and community partners (corporate partners and non-profit partners) to design and produce responsive communication outputs in various appropriate modalities
  • Student Learning Outcome 3: Understand and analyze the history of the TPC field and its role in codifying communication genres that have oppressed those who have not historically been involved in document and information design generation and distribution and who may have been subject to the impacts of such documents. 
  • Student Learning Outcome 4: Clearly and in well-organized fashion, create written and rich-media communication outputs that inform, guide, instruct, protect, and educate audience members
  • Student Learning Outcome 5: Develop and produce collaborative communication outputs in remote and local, synchronous and asynchronous, workplace contexts
  • Student Learning Outcome 6: Design technical documents and workplace communications that further social justice aims, such as centering voices of communities often marginalized in instructional, operational, environmental, and governmental communications.


For students who are English majors seeking to add the Certificate, there are additional requirements. The English undergraduate advisor can discuss these.

For other majors, this undergraduate certificate may be added to your degree plan by simply visiting your advisor.


Degree Requirements

Technical & Professional Writing Certificate Required Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 2210Professional & Technical Communications*3
ENGL 2220Introduction to Professional Writing3
ENGL 417Editing3

*Or the Writing & Speaking Core Curriculum Equivalent from another institution.


Technical & Professional Writing Certificate Elective Courses (Choose One)

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 319Usability and User-Centered Design3
ENGL 320Advanced Expository Writing3
ENGL 413Scientific, Environmental, and Medical Writing
ENGL 414Documentation3

ENGL 418

Proposal and Grant Writing3

ENGL 419

Visual Rhetoric3

ENGL 420

Topics in Professional Writing3

ENGL 441

English Grammars3

Technical & Professional Writing Certificate Capstone Courses (Choose One)

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 444Practicum: Tutoring Writing3
ENGL 499Internship3

At a Glance

Certificate Requirements: 15 credit hours
Length of Classes: 8 or 16 weeks

College/School: College of Arts and Sciences

Tuition: Regular tuition and fees apply

*To qualify for admission to the certificate program, students must meet certain admissions requirements (see Certificate Requirements tab for more information)


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