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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Bachelor’s (BS) 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.

Up IconRequirements for the Major

Students majoring in technical communication must complete

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

Up IconRequired Introductory Course: 4 credits

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

Business Communication
4

Up IconRequired 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.

Up IconElectives: 17-18 credits

Choose 17-18 credits from the following courses:

Course # Course Title
Credits
ENG 467 International Technical Communication
1-4
ENG 468 Document Design and Usability
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

Up IconRecommended 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

Up IconInternships

The Mankato region is home to growing software, medical, and publishing industries as well as to a number of manufacturers and agribusinesses; MSU, city and county government, and new business-education partnerships provide additional internship possibilities. Students and graduates also find internships and employment in the Twin Cities (70 miles north) and Rochester (75 miles east). Students typically locate and register for internship credits with the assistance of an advisor.

Up IconTransfer Credits and Credit by Exam

Students may transfer a limited number of credits into their graduate program in accordance with the transfer policy 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 the policy on course specific examinations in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Contact the program director or the course instructor for procedural details.

Up IconSociety for Technical Communication (STC)

Minnesota State University, Mankato has an award-winning MSU Student Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) that offers a number of opportunities for professional growth:

  • chapter activities and opportunities to exchange ideas with other technical communication professionals
  • a scholarly journal, Technical Communication, newsletters (Intercom, the national newsletter; Interchange, the national student newsletter, and Techniques, our student chapter's newsletter), and STC publications (reference materials, manuals, anthologies, and several others)
  • annual national, regional, and local conferences, seminars, and programs
  • employment information, scholarships, and research grants
  • MSU student chapter newsletter, Techniques, which affords opportunities to write for publication and to acquire editing and publishing experience
  • local, regional and national competitions and awards

MSU Technical Communication students may find the Twin Cities STC Chapter particularly useful for their professional advancement.

Up IconCareers in Technical Communication

Graduates have numerous career options open to them of which technical writing and editing for the computer industry, grant writing, governmental and corporate publishing, environmental writing, as well as publication information, are but a few. Candidates will find the degree appropriate preparation for careers in independent consulting, government and business writing, and technical and scientific writing and editing.

Up IconComputer 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 Atomic Learning.

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.

Up IconFinancial Assistance

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