The Certificate in Professional and Technical Communication (PTC)  is open to students of diverse backgrounds who wish to pursue careers as professional writers and editors serving clients and employers in industry, business, government, and the professions or to use these writing/editing skills to supplement their training and enhance their employability in other professional fields.

Policies

  • Students can pursue a certificate in PTC while pursuing another degree or as a non-degree-seeking student.
  • Students wishing to apply for the PTC Certificate should contact their academic advisor or an instructor in the PTC program.
  • Admission will require an interview by phone or in person, and submission of a writing sample on a topic assigned by faculty.
  • Students must earn a B or higher (not B-) or higher in each course taken for the certificate.

Program of Study

A certificate in Professional and Technical Communication consists of 5 ENC or COM courses, any of those listed below (15 credits).

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
COM 3110 Communication for Business and the Professions 3 None
ENC 3242 Technical Communication for Majors 3 PR: (ENC 1101 and ENC 1102) or (ENC 1121 and ENC 1122)
ENC 3250 Professional Writing 3 PR: (ENC 1101 and ENC 1102) or (ENC 1121 and ENC 1122)
ENC 3310 Expository Writing 3 PR: (ENC 1101 and ENC 1102) or (ENC 1121 and ENC 1122)
ENC 3416 New Media for Technical Communication 3 PR: (ENC 1101 and ENC 1102) or (ENC 1121 and ENC 1122)
ENC 4212 Professional & Technical Editing 3 PR: At least one of the following: ENC 2210, ENC 3250, ENC 3310, ENC 4260, ENC 4906, ENC 4946, ENC 4268, ENC 4311
ENC 4218 Visual Rhetoric for Technical Communication 3 PR: (ENC 1101 and ENC 1102) or (ENC 1121 and ENC 1122)
ENC 4260 Advanced Technical Writing 3 PR: ENC 2210 or ENC 3310
ENC 4264 Managerial Communications 3 PR: Any one of the following: ENC 2210, ENC 3250, ENC 3310, ENC 4311, ENC 4260
ENC 4906 Professional & Technical Writing (PTW) Independent Study 3 PR: Any two of the following: ENC 2210, ENC 3250, ENC 3310, ENC 4209, ENC 4212, ENC 4260, ENC 4264, ENC 4311
ENC 4931 Selected Topics in Professional and Technical Writing 3 PR: ENC 3250, ENC 2210, or ENC 3310
ENC 4946 Professional & Technical Writing (PTW)  Internship 3 PR: ENC 3242 and COM 3110; Student must have an approved application and approved formal internship agreement.