Bachelor of Arts in Technical Communication

About

Technical Communication is a professional program designed to prepare you for a successful career as a technical writer for business, industry, or government, both regionally and nationally. You focus on essential technical communication skills while building expertise in graphic design and public relations. You’ll learn how to make technical information available and understandable to people who need it.

For more information, contact Teena A. M. Carnegie, PhD at tcarnegie@ewu.edu.

Curriculum & Requirements

Technical Communication Major, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Note: two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college-level foreign language is required.

Required Communications/Public Relations
CMST 461INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC RELATIONS THEORY5
JRNM 453PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING5
Required Design
DESN 216DIGITAL FOUNDATIONS5
DESN 368WEB DESIGN 15
or DESN 338 USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN 1
DESN 378WEB DESIGN 24
or DESN 348 USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN 2
Required Marketing
MKTG 310PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING4
MKTG 400BUYER BEHAVIOR4
or MKTG 413 INTEGRATED MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
or MKTG 472 GLOBAL MARKETING MANAGEMENT
Required Technical Communication
TCOM 205INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION (students must complete this course with a grade ≥C)5
TCOM/SUST 300WRITING FOR THE PROFESSIONS5
TCOM/JRNM 305PRINT LAYOUT AND CONTENT DESIGN5
TCOM/ENGL/JRNM 309GRAMMAR FOR PROFESSIONAL WRITERS5
TCOM 404INSTRUCTIONS AND PROCEDURES5
TCOM 405USABILITY5
TCOM 407PROPOSAL WRITING5
TCOM 409EDITING IN TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION5
TCOM 424CONTENT MANAGEMENT5
TCOM 495TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION INTERNSHIP5-15
Senior Capstone
TCOM 490SENIOR CAPSTONE: ISSUES IN TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION5
Total Credits87-97

Catalog Listing

General Education

University Competencies and Proficiencies

English 
Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
Placement and Clearance Exams 
Prior Learning/Sources of Credit AP, CLEP, IB


General Education Requirements (GER)

  • Minimum Credits—180 cumulative credit hours 
    • 60 upper-division credits (300 level or above)
    • 45 credits in residence (attendance) at Eastern, with at least 15 upper-division credits in major in residence at Eastern
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA ≥2.0

Breadth Area Core Requirements (BACR)

Humanities and Arts 
Natural Sciences 
Social Sciences


University Graduation Requirements (UGR)

Diversity Course List
Foreign Language (for Bachelor of Arts)
Global Studies Course List
Minor or Certificate
Senior Capstone Course List


All admitted students must officially Declare a Major by the time they reach 90 credits (junior standing).
Application for Graduation (use EagleNET) must be made at least two terms in advance of the term you expect to graduate (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate).

Use the Catalog Archives to determine two important catalog years.

Degree Works calculates based on these two catalog years.

  1. The catalog in effect at the student's first term of current matriculation is used to determine BACR (Breadth Area Credit Requirements) and UGR (Undergraduate Graduation Requirements).
  2. The catalog in effect at the time the student declares a major or minor is used to determine the program requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully earn a BA in Technical Communication from EWU should be able to do the following:​

  • analyze communication problems to create effective technical communication;
  • apply project management practices;
  • conduct research to solve problems related to technical communication;
  • contribute effectively to a collaborative technical communication team;
  • deliver well-organized technical communication presentations;
  • edit documents for technical communication contexts;
  • use various software to design multi-channel technical communication;
  • write user-centered technical communication.

Technical Communication Electives

For a full list of the TCOM elective courses offered, head over to the catalog.

Contact Us

For questions regarding the BA in Technical Communication please contact:

Teena A. M. Carnegie, PhD

Professor