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Business and Technical Communications


Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business and Government Communications is designed for information specialists in business and government who write a lot in their work but who are not trained as writers and whose job titles do not include "writer". Coursework includes developing print, online, and graphic materials; writing grant and new-business proposals as well as effective business correspondence; handling statistical material both in text as well as in tables, charts, and graphs; using software applications common to the business and government work environments; and, most importantly, practicing clear succinct direct writing that is carefully adapted to its intended audience and that gets the job done.

Contact the department chair for Business & Technical Communications for waiver, substitution, and transfer possibilities.

  Semester I Credit Hours
    ENGL 2311 Technical and Business Writing 3
    ETWR 1373 Government and Business Correspondence 3
    ETWR 1372 Grammar/Style 3
  Semester II
    ETWR 1374 Graphics for Business, Government and Technical Information 3
    ETWR 2476 Technical Publications with MS Word 4
    Mathematics1 3
  Semester III
    ETWR 2375 Communicating Data and Statistical Information 3
  ETWR 1378 Administrative Policy Writing OR 3
    ETWR 1376 Grant Proposals and Business Plans
  Semester IV
    ETWR 2379 Editing Government, Business and Technical Information 3
  ETWR 1379 Technical Communicators: Careers and Professionalism 3
  TOTALS 60-72

  +Prerequisites: See Course Descriptions
  #Capstone course
  1Select from the appropriate section of the General Education Course List.
  2Students lacking computer skills should take COSC 1301 or BCIS 1305; students with limited experience with Microsoft Word should take POFI 2301. Students with skills in these areas should take ARTC 1402 or related course.
  3Students are encouraged to take related sequences of courses focusing on computer networks, databases, operating systems, or programming from Computer Information Technology or the Computer Science departments.
  4Students are encouraged to take related sequences of courses focusing on web design, graphics, and multimedia from Visual Communication or Architectural and Engineering Computer Aided Design departments.
  5Students must select courses from Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, International Business, Management, or Marketing departments.
  6Select courses from Business and Technical Communications department.