Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2011-2012
Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication
Southern Polytechnic's degree in technical communication ranks among the best in the nation. Our faculty in Technical Communication includes two winners of the coveted Jay R. Gould award for outstanding teaching from the Society for Technical Communication. Because we are housed in a small engineering tech school, we can offer a much wider range of courses than similar programs at more traditional schools, and we have the up-to-date hardware and software to support them. You will get a solid grounding in rhetoric as well as hands-on experience with new media tools and technologies.
With our TCOM degree, you will learn much more than just how to use words effectively—you will have opportunities to learn document design, graphics, multimedia, web design, and video production as well as science and environmental writing, proposal writing, and medical communication.
Students in other majors can minor in technical communication through a range of campus-based and online course offerings. For students interested in distance learning options, Southern Polytechnic also offers a 15-credit undergraduate certificate in technical communication delivered entirely online.
Many TCOM courses are taught using a combination of on-site and online sessions that students with jobs especially appreciate. We make sure we offer enough late-afternoon and evening courses so that working students can make steady progress toward their degree.
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's program in Technical Communication is designed to prepare students for a variety of communication careers.
Possible positions include:
Instructional designer or training 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 technical communication
A concentration in one area of technical 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.