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BS Technical Communication

Explore your interests. Find your career.

A BS in Technical Communication provides you with the breadth and depth of knowledge you'll need.

You're interested in technology. In verbal and visual communication and design. You may enjoy research and writing, design, graphics, digital media. Or all of the above.

How can you combine these interests and more into a meaningful, lucrative career? With a BS in Technical Communication from Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU).

As a student in Technical Communication, you'll learn to study and engage an audience. To apply the technology and solutions that address their needs. To deliver what an audience wants. How and when they want it.

While learning the ins and outs of technical communication, you'll also discover your strengths. What you're best at. How you can apply your knowledge and skills to create meaning, inspire change, deliver value.

Why should I choose this major?

The knowledge and skills you gain from the BS Technical Communication program at SPSU will command interest, as well as an impressive salary.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, job opportunities in technical communication will grow by 17% over the next decade. Your salary could be in the $60,000 range or more as your career evolves.

You'll leave the Technical Communication degree program with an academic credential and a portfolio that showcases the compelling work you can produce in verbal and visual communication and design.

What will I learn?

As a student in Technical Communication at SPSU, you'll learn key skills critical for success in the workplace over the next decade:

  • Sense making: You'll learn to think critically and create meaning.
  • Social intelligence: You'll learn to understand a defined audience and create communication artifacts that speak to them, that drive them to act.
  • Novel and adaptive thinking: You'll learn to express complex ideas in an understandable way.
  • New media literacy: You'll learn to create persuasive and engaging communication artifacts for dynamic new media.
  • Transdisciplinarity: You'll learn to combine cross-disciplinary skills to confront and resolve problems.
  • Design mindset: You'll learn to create communication artifacts that persuade, that produce desired outcomes.
  • Cognitive load management: You'll learn to filter and focus information into communication artifacts that engage and persuade a defined audience.

What will my learning experience be like?

Your studies will be grounded in the theory and principles that will teach you to ask "why." This background knowledge will inform hands-on projects in which you'll use traditional tools, like the library and word-processing programs, as well as advanced tools, like InDesign, Photoshop, HTML authoring tools, and SPSU's state-of-the-art usability lab to produce user-centered artifacts, such as Websites, documents, multimedia, or visuals.

You'll receive personal attention from faculty members who have specialized knowledge in the field. You'll work independently, but will also work collaboratively with other students, helping each other learn and grow. You'll even have the option to apply your knowledge and skills to an internship opportunity as part of your coursework requirements.

What kinds of courses will I take?

Your coursework will cover topics in both visual and verbal communication. Popular courses include:

  • Business Communication
  • Instructional Design
  • Information Design
  • Website Design
  • Usability Testing
  • Online Documentation
  • Applied Graphics
  • Multimedia

Can I focus my studies?

As a Technical Communication major, you can pursue a concentration in Information Design or Digital Media and Graphics where you'll develop strong communication skills in both print and digital media.

Information Design

Information Design is the art and science of making complex information easier to understand and to use. As communication professionals, information designers solve communication problems. Information designers learn to understand audiences and create products that serve the needs of those audiences. With digital tools and technologies, information designers create products that work for people.

Digital Media and Graphics

Digital media today is text, graphics, animation, video, and more. When you combine these elements together into a product people can use, you're a multimedia developer or instructional designer. By learning about an audience's needs and goals, digital media and graphics professionals help bring information to people by providing the right material in the right format.

What kinds of jobs can I expect with a degree in Technical Communication?

A degree in Technical Communication will give you a varied and challenging career as an information specialist. With your breadth and depth of knowledge and skills, you'll have a competitive edge in meeting workforce needs.

You can work in a variety of industries, including software, engineering, and healthcare. Or you can work as a contractor across these industries and more.

The skills you use could include

  • user documentation,
  • information design,
  • multimedia development,
  • graphic design,
  • instructional design, and
  • Web design.

How does the Technical Communication program compare with the other Bachelor's degree programs in English, Technical Communication & Media Arts at SPSU?

All three degree programs in the department emphasize user-centered communication. While the BS in Technical Communication focuses on a broad skill set in both written and visual communication, the BA in New Media Arts focuses on visual communication, and the BA in English & Professional Communication on written communication. You'll also learn the latest tools and techniques for communicating across the entire media landscape.

Do I need a technical background to study Technical Communication?

You don't need to be what technical communicators call a "subject matter expert" (SME) in a particular technological field, like engineering, software, or healthcare. But you might develop expertise in a technological field as your career grows. One thing is for sure: You will become an SME in technical communication theory and practice.

Can I go on to a graduate program?

Because SPSU is an accredited school that's part of the University System of Georgia, you are also qualified to pursue higher education at the master's or PhD level.

Consider our robust graduate degree and certificate programs.

Build a breadth and depth of knowledge. Become a Technical Communication major today.

Not an SPSU student yet? Apply today.

Already a student at SPSU? Tell your advisor you want to declare your major in Technical Communication. Visit the English, Technical Communication & Media Arts department in the Atrium Building in J333, or call 678-915-7202.

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