College of Business & Management
Technical Communication Specialization
There is growing demand for technical writers and editors in fields like law, medicine, science, and technology. Employment of technical writers is expected to grow 17 percent from 2010 to 2020*. Job opportunities, especially for applicants with technical skills, are expected to be good. Earn your business degree with a specialization in Technical Communication,** and you can qualify to write for software companies, prepare content for the Internet, interpret technical material for a general readership, and produce user guides, instruction manuals, and training materials.
Follow a career track in Technical Communication by choosing this specialization when you earn one of the following bachelor's degrees from DeVry University:
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Related Programs: Consider one of the Communications specializations offered through the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences as part of its Communications bachelor's degree program:
Technical Communication Courses
When you specialize your business degree in Technical Communication, your coursework may include these career-enhancing courses:
- Marketing and Corporate Communications – Addressing current communication issues in business, such as globalization, cross-cultural influences, technological advances, ethics, and regulatory requirements, this course guides students as they apply rhetorical strategies and composition principles to create marketing literature, investor communications, media releases, and executive presentations.
- Visual Design – Through visual design theory, minimalism, visual rhetoric, and visual ethics, this course presents elements of visual design in technical communication using appropriate software. Students learn various software products and then apply their skills to designing and presenting visual design projects and documents.
- Web Design – In this course that focuses on user-centered design, appropriate use of design elements, and applying information design theories, students learn to use a variety of software products and apply their skills to designing and presenting a web page.
- Proposal and Grant Writing – In this course students explore procurement processes in industry and government, as well as grant funding in the nonprofit and government sectors, with particular emphasis on the technical writer's role in these processes. In addition to issues of ethics and fairness, topics include types of contracts used; how companies and other organizations prepare bids and proposals; and how proposals and grant requests are reviewed.
- Scientific and Medical Writing – Addressing communication and information design in healthcare, science, public policy, patient education, scientific journalism, and related fields, this course prepares students to create a range of documents presenting their analysis of data and other information on medical and scientific issues for actual or simulated clients.
To learn more about required and elective Technical Communications courses as well as those for the related business degree program you are interested in, request information or see the undergraduate academic catalog.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Technical Writers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/technical-writers.htm (visited January 23, 2013).
** Concentrations in Illinois, New York, and Pennsylvania.