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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Degree Requirements

Page address: http://english.mnsu.edu/techcomm/madegreerequirements.html

Program Requirements

Completion of the degree requires designated coursework, an internship, and a thesis, an alternate plan paper, or the capstone course—all of which include a public presentation. At least 50% of the credits, excluding thesis or APP credits, must be at the 600 level. Students must submit [PDF] a plan of study (17 KiB) prior to completing 15 credits.

Designated coursework:

  • Thesis Plan: 30 credits
  • Alternate Paper Plan: 34 credits
  • Capstone Course: 34 credits

Required Courses: 14 credits

Course # Course Title
Credits
ENG 575 Editing Technical Publications
4
ENG 576
     or
ENG 577
Online Documentation

Technical Documentation, Policies and Procedures
4
ENG 673 Research and Theory for Technical Communicators
3
ENG 679 Rhetorical Theory Applied to Technical Documents
3

Elective Courses: 9-16 credits

Course # Course Title
Credits
ENG 562 Document Design
4
ENG 566 Usability
4
ENG 567 International Technical Communication
1-4
ENG 569 Project Management in Technical Communication
4
ENG 571 Visual Technical Communication
4
ENG 572 Topics in Technical Communication*
1-4
ENG 573 Desktop Publishing
4
ENG 574 Researching and Writing Technical Reports
4
ENG 576
     or
ENG 577
Online Documentation

Technical Documentation, Policies and Procedures
4
ENG 674 Topics in Technical Communication*
1-3
ENG 676 Instructional Design for Technical Communicators
3
ENG 678 Technical and Scientific Prose
3
ENG 680 Proposals
3
ENG 681 User Experience (UX)
3

*May be repeated under various topics.

Internship: 3 credits

Course # Course Title
Credits
ENG 698 Internship*
3-6

*Those with industry experience may petition to substitute 600-level elective credits in technical communication for the Internship (Eng 698) requirement.

Thesis, Alternate Plan Paper, or Capstone Course

Course # Course Title
Credits
ENG 699 Thesis
3-4
ENG 694 Alternate Plan Paper
1-2
ENG 696 Capstone in Technical Communication
3

At least 50% of the credits for the degree, exclusive of thesis or APP credits, must be 600-level credits.