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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Bachelors Degree

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

All coursework for a bachelor of science degree in technical communication may be completed in residence or online. Students who are 100% online learners pay resident (in-state) online tuition.

Requirements for the Major

Students majoring in technical communication must complete

  • 37 credits from the categories below, and
  • a technical minor from the list below.

Required Introductory Course: 4 credits

Course # Course Title
Credits
ENG 271
     or
ENG 272
Technical Communication

Business Communication
4

Required Courses: 15-16 credits

Course # Course Title
Credits
ENG 474 Research and Writing Technical Reports
4
ENG 475 Editing Technical Publications
4
ENG 476
     or
ENG 477
Online Documentation

Technical Documentation, Policies and Procedures
4
ENG 498 Internship*
3-4

*Those with industry experience may petition to substitute 400-level elective credits in technical communication for the Internship (Eng 498) requirement.

Electives: 17-18 credits

Choose 17-18 credits from the following courses:

Course # Course Title
Credits
ENG 462 Document Design
4
ENG 466 Usability
4
ENG 467 International Technical Communication
1-4
ENG 469 Project Management in Technical Communication
4
ENG 471 Technical Visual Communication
4
ENG 472 Topics in Technical Communication
1-4
ENG 473 Desktop Publishing
4
ENG 476
     or
ENG 477
Online Documentation

Technical Documentation, Policies and Procedures
4
ENG 478 Technical and Scientific Literature
4
ENG 479 Rhetorical Theory Applied to Technical Documents
4
ENG 480 Proposals
4

Recommended Technical Minors

  • Automotive Engineering Technology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering Technology
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Community Health
  • Computer Information Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Other, with approval; contact your advisor or the program director.

List of minors available at MSU.

Program Director

Dr. Gretchen Perbix
English Department
Minnesota State University, Mankato
230 Armstrong Hall
Mankato, MN 56001
Telephone: (507) 389-5506
E-mail: gretchen.perbix@mnsu.edu

Transfer Credits and Credit by Exam

Student may transfer a limited number of credits into their undergraduate programs in accordance with [PDF] the transfer policy (249 KiB) in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Contact the program director for procedural details.

Students who possess professional expertise may be eligible to 'test out' of a limited number of classes at a substantial savings in accordance with [PDF] the policy on course specific examinations (249 KiB) in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Contact the program director or the course instructor for procedural details.

Computer Facilities

Minnesota State Mankato is a leader in wireless communication, offers state-of-the-art computer classroom facilities, and provides the largest campus computer lab in the region.

In addition to providing computer classrooms and workstations for individual use, the Academic Computer Center (ACC) provides specialized software (through MavAPPs) for 100% online learners. Furthermore, Minnesota State Mankato students receive free access to software tutorials through Lynda.com.

All students receive email accounts and server space (MavDisk) as well as access to the campus learning management system (D2L). The entire campus is served by MavNet, a wireless network. Students who are 100% online learners should have DSL or cable access to the Internet.

Financial Assistance

For information about financial assistance, students should consult Student Financial Services.