Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2011-2012
The Bachelor of Arts in English and Professional Communication
Our Bachelor of Arts in English and Professional Communication degree is not your typical B.A. in English. Our program emphasizes the role and place of text and image within a world increasingly dependent upon clear communication. Our project-driven courses challenge students to implement real-world applications in nearly every class. Specialized course-work and individual attention allow graduates to begin work immediately, satisfying the demand for professionals who can communicate technical, international, scientific, and computer-related information to both technical and non-technical users.
The required communication courses equip students with the most advanced communication skills in writing, editing, graphics, information design and collaboration. In addition, students study classical rhetoric, develop high-level computer skills, and produce a portfolio that demonstrates their communication proficiency to potential employers. Our literature courses help students understand the diversity of genres, cultures, and authors that contribute to literary production. With offerings in journalism, creative writing, science writing, and environmental writing, our Professional Writing and Communication concentration prepares students for careers in media writing, freelance writing, marketing, public relations, and publishing Our new concentration in Media, Communication, and Culture combines hands-on production courses with a study of media and culture to prepare students for careers in marketing, mass communication, and entertainment, where media savvy can really pay off.
Kami Anderson, Assistant Professor
Carol Barnum, Professor
Terry Carter, Associate Professor
Jeff Greene, Assistant Professor
Kim Haimes-Korn, Professor
Keith B. Hopper, Associate Professor
John Lindsay, Instructor
Monique Logan, Instructor
Matthew McCool, Assistant Professor
Mark Nunes, Associate Professor and Department Chair
Betty Oliver, Professor
Iraj Omidvar, Assistant Professor
Jeffrey Orr, Instructor
Laura Palmer, Assistant Professor
Ann Parker, Lecturer
Nancy L. Reichert, Associate Professor
Cheryl Shinall, Instructor
Herbert J. Smith, Professor
Charlotte Stephenson, Instructor
Mark K. Stevens, Associate Professor
Melissa Weaver, Lecturer
Jim Werner, Assistant Professor
The Bachelor of Arts in English and Professional Communication is designed to prepare students for a variety of communication careers.
Possible positions include:
Corporate communications specialist
Website designer and content developer
The program also can serve as a pre-professional background for students who plan to attend graduate school.
Students pursuing the degree must complete:
The Core Curriculum
Required upper-division courses in professional and technical communication
A concentration in one area of professional communication
Additional elective courses in the major
Students must make a grade of at least a C in all TCOM major courses.
Included below are the complete requirements for the programs.