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Undergraduate Degree Programs FAQ


How do the three undergraduate degree programs compare?

Although all three undergraduate degree programs in the English, Technical Communication & Media Arts department broadly focus on user-centered communication and share many courses, the specific focus for each program varies.

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.


What's the difference between a BA and a BS?

This can mean different things at different universities. At Southern Polytechnic State University, the BA and BS include both theory and practical application. While the BA generally emphasizes theory, the BS emphasizes practical application.


What's the difference between the Digital Media & Graphics concentration and the BA in New Media Arts?

The major is studio-based, so is designed for budding visual artists. The concentration, on the other hand, puts more of a focus on visual theory and analysis, as well as document design.


How do I register and pay tuition?

You must meet with your advisor first to plan your semester. He or she will lift the hold on your account so you can register. Visit the Office of the Registrar for instructions on registration methods.

Your tuition and fees are due by the end of the phase in which you registered. Visit Tuition & Fees for rates, phases, and due dates.


Are there internship opportunities in my degree program?

Yes, an internship counts for 3 semester credit hours towards your degree. Visit Undergraduate Internships for more information.


When is the course I'm interested in offered?

Courses run on a 2-year schedulepdf icon, which means any particular course is offered once every two years.


What kind of career can I expect with my degree?

All three degree programs prepare you for a varied and challenging career. In simple terms:

  • as a New Media Arts major, your career possibilities may be focused heavily on visual communication.
  • as an English & Professional Communication major, you'll likely find a career focused heavily on verbal communication.
  • as a Technical Communication major, you'll have a career with a technical focus that combines visual and verbal communication.

For every major, you have options to work for a variety of industries and employers: Any company that requires user-centered communication. And you'll have the knowledge and skills necessary to adapt to changing circumstances in the workplace.


Can I go on to a graduate program?

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

You may be interested in the graduate degree and certificate programs the English, Technical Communication & Media Arts department at SPSU offers:

  • MSc Information Design and Communication
  • MSc Information & Instructional Design
  • Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication

Once you earn a Master's degree in professional or technical communication (either at SPSU or another accredited university) or complete our Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication program, you can pursue the advanced certificate programs we offer that allow you to focus on a select core competency as a way to increase your expertise:

  • Visual Communication
  • Content Strategy
  • Instructional Design
  • Communications Management
  • User Experience

Is a graduate program right for me?

Graduate studies are just one option for continuing your education. Take this learning assessmentpdf icon to find out which learning option best meets your goals, personal situation, finances, and learning style.


If graduate studies don't seem like the right choice for me, what are my other learning options?

SPSU’s Continuing Education Center offers short courses that provide hands-on, practical skill training in the fundamentals of technical communication, including technical writing, project management, Web design, and instructional design.

These non-credit courses cover the basics in only a few sessions and are a cost-effective way to learn if technical communication is the right career for you!

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