Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing and Professional Communication

Overview

business manThe graduate certificate offers students an interdisciplinary program that focuses on communication in non-academic professions, particularly business, government, high technology industries, and the non-profit sector. It centers on the competencies necessary for successful technical communication (writing, rhetorical analysis, editing, and document design) as well as on the key print and digital genres of the workplace (reports, project proposals, grant proposals, feasibility studies, web sites, presentations, correspondence and manuals). The certificate serves not only students who wish to be technical writers but also those from a range of disciplines who wish to add value to their graduate degrees by acquiring a supplementary credential.

Certificate Requirements

The certificate recognizes the multiple demands of written, oral, and digital communication in the workplace, as well as the interdisciplinary character of writing and communication studies in the academy. Thus, while centered on writing, the certificate also includes course options in rhetoric, communication, design, digital media, speech, and group dynamics. It emphasizes the rich theoretical and rhetorical principles that govern effective communication across a range of contexts as well as the pragmatic skills needed in the workplace.

  • The certificate requires four courses (12 credits) in two categories: one in writing and three in electives. A minimum of one course must be taken from outside the student’s home discipline.
  • Students map out a coherent plan of study with the certificate coordinator for submission to the Graduate School. The structure of the certificate is flexible enough so that most students, with advance planning, can pursue it without impeding regular degree progress.
  • To complete the certificate, students must submit sample work from their courses to be evaluated by graduate faculty in the area of Technical Communication.

Courses

The certificate requires four courses (12 credits). See course descriptions.

Most of these courses are offered on a rotating basis rather than every semester. To find out which courses are offered in the current and coming semesters, see Course Schedules.

Technical Writing and Professional Communication Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to adapt their writing to different purposes, audiences, genres, and contexts.
  • Students will be able to use the principles of document design to produce appropriate and effective texts and images. Examples of these texts and images may include PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, brochures, and other documents.
  • Students will be able to evaluate rhetorical situations from a variety of theoretical positions.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of several major issues in the field of technical and professional communications or in other field(s) and/or discipline(s) that use technical and professional communication. Such issues may include but are not limited to the following: ethics, professionalism, the history of the field of technical and professional communication, cross-cultural communication, global English, and institutional critique.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of the current scholarship and research being done in the field of technical and professional communication or in other field(s) and/or discipline(s) that use technical and professional communication.

Getting Started

  • Electronic or paper version available online at www.ksu.edu/grad.
  • Follow the English Department Non-degree Admission Checklist for additional application materials. Current English MA students may not be required to turn in all materials. Contact Director of Graduate Studies, Tim Dayton (information see Contact), for questions or more details.
  • For help devising a plan of study, contact the Program Director, Han Yu (See contact information below).
  • See Checklist for requirements on completing the certificate.

Contact

Han Yu, Program Director at:Business Woman

English Department
130 English/Counseling Services Building
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-6501
785.532.3339
hyu1@ksu.edu

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