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Technical Communication
Technical communication is a unique professional field of study that prepares students to work as information designers within a society that is driven by information techniques. Technical communicators work as information architects, instructional designers, user experience researchers, content strategists, social media managers, eLearning specialists, data analysts, and proposal managers. They are skilled in writing, speaking, designing documents, using advanced information technologies, working with people, and strategically engineering information for multiple delivery platforms.
The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Technical Communication degree draws upon the resources of several disciplines to provide a foundation in sciences, mathematics and technology, together with strong emphasis on communication skills, which enables students to enter a wide variety of career fields. The technical communication degree emphasizes mastery of the theoretical and rhetorical background of communication, while providing practical, hands-on experience. In the same way that engineering applies the principles of mathematics and science to real-world problems, so technical communication applies the principles of communication to real-world problems in technical settings.
Graduates are well prepared for entry-level positions in technical writing and editing, documentation, publications design and management, advertising and marketing for technical fields, user interface design, training, web design, instructional design, multimedia design, and many others. Majors are encouraged to join professional organizations, such as Mercer’s Student Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication and the IEEE Professional Communication Society. Graduate programs in technical communication and other fields are available for advanced study, including Mercer’s Master of Science in Technical Communication Management, offered online.
Students are required to complete at least one internship for practical experience. Students may, by careful planning, earn a major both in technical communication and in another discipline. The minor in technical communication provides an attractive component for many degree programs (see description below).
Technical communication courses are open to any students, regardless of their college or major, who have the prerequisites or appropriate experience.