Bachelor of Arts
English Major with Technical and Business Writing Specialization
Technical writers work in editing and publishing, the sciences, computer science, medicine, environmental studies, telecommunications, government, the arts and just about any field that requires people to interpret and use information.
Technical writers help people solve problems by writing and editing documentation, such as grants, proposals and manuals, designing and creating websites and brochures, shooting and editing videos and much more. As a technical writer, you will be an indispensable part of today’s information society.
Technical writing is a field that is expected to grow quickly. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, technical writing and editing positions are expected to grow 10 percent or more by 2016. Online publications and the rapid growth of technology ensure that technical writers will be in demand for decades to come.
Aside from the job opportunities, technical writing at ASU is fun! Through the ASU student chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) we offer opportunities for networking with technical communicators working in academics and in industry, social events and opportunities to learn more about the field, as well as tutorials to learn some of the skills and tools that you will need to be successful in your career.
English majors may specialize in technical and business writing by selecting these advanced courses from the major program:
- English 3351: Technical Writing
- English 3352: Business Communications
- English 3353: Web Publishing
- English 3354: Intercultural and International Technical and Business Writing
- English 4358: Advanced Composition
- English 4360: Professional Editing
- English 4361: English Grammar
- English 4365: Usability Testing in Technical and Business Writing
- English 4373: Professional Writing
|English 1301, 1302, 2329 and 2000-level literature of your choice||3|
|Computer Literacy (Animal Science 1351, Communication 2345, Computer Science 1331, Education 2323, Business Computer Information Systems 1305, Theatre 2345, Music 2353, University Studies 2323) Mass Media 2345 or Communication 2345 strongly recommended||3|
|Political Science 2301 and 2302||6|
|History 1301 and 1302||6|
|Mathematics 1302, 1303, 1311, 1312, 1321, 1332, 2331, or 2332||3|
|Natural Science (two lab sciences: biology, chemistry, geology, physical science, physics)||8|
|Social Science (economics, geography, psychology, sociology) lower division||3|
|Modern Languages 2311 (Spanish 2310 or 2311), 2312 (also 1301, 1302 if necessary)||6-12|
The above plan meets all core curriculum and Bachelor of Arts degree requirements. The B.A. degree with a major in English requires a minimum of 120 semester credit hours, a minimum of 45 advanced (junior and senior level) semester credit hours, and a minimum of 30 semester credit hours in residence (24 of which must be at the advanced level). 24 of the last 30 hours required to complete this degree must be taken in residence.
Students should work closely with their advisor to plan a degree program that best fits individual needs and goals.