Communications and Technical Writing

  Communications and Technical Writing

       We live in a culture saturated in media. Experiencing movies, TV shows, news media, YouTube, video games, Instagram, and Snapchat are as natural to most of us as breathing. Nearly from birth, children are playing on iPads and learning to text. Communication technology has taken us places we never imagined and continues to lead to exciting discoveries every day. The Communications and Technical Writing major at USW offers students the opportunity to work in this rapidly expanding industry while at the same time, allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of how communications impacts human beings.

       The core classes of the Communications and Technical Writing program are rooted in assuring that students have the practical understanding needed to pursue a career in the communications industry or to enter a communication-based graduate program. These classes focus first on human to human interaction, looking at how we think and act. Then, the communication core turns to how mass media such as movies, video games, social media, and journalism impact audiences. At the same time, these classes begin laying down the firm, theory-based foundation needed for a career in communications.

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication offers two (2) degree plans:

  • Communications Research – This degree plan is primarily for those interested in pursuing a master’s degree after graduation, but can also be useful to those interested in communication based careers ranging from public relations to market research. It focuses primarily on using a theoretical foundation to conduct practical, hands on research. Communications Research is perfectly suited for students interested in careers in market research, advertising, administration, and academics. A significant amount of the courses for this degree plan will be spent doing long-term hands on experimental research and testing, equipping students with the methodological and writing skills needed to enter the world of corporate or academic research. Students could work anywhere from Ford to Apple, discovering how customers think and creating the next big ad campaign.
  • Journalism – This degree plan will focus heavily on writing in the communication landscape of the twenty-first century. Focus will be given to the ways in which writing can be used to build a career on a freelance and a salaried basis, as well as how to grab reader’s attention and keep it. Students interested in a range of journalistic careers both written and on other media would benefit from this degree plan.
For more information, please contact:

Michael Boling, PhD
Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator for Communications & Technical Writing

Office: FAS-114
Phone: 575.492.2166

Richard Trout, M.A., M.S.
Instructor, Communications & Technical Writing

Office: FAS-119
Phone: 575.492.2111