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Technical Writing Minor

Professor in Charge:
Stuart Selber
113 Burrowes Building
863-8032
selber@psu.edu

This 18-credit minor provides all undergraduate students, regardless of college or major, the opportunity for concentrated work in technical writing.

The Minor in Technical Writing responds to the growing need in business, industry, and government for people who can communicate the results of technical work at a level of competence substantially above that usually found in beginning professionals. Indeed, industry and government leaders testify repeatedly that professional success depends both on excellent professional work and on the powerful communication of that work.

English majors may use the same courses to satisfy both the English major requirements and the minor requirements.

Requirements for the Minor (18 credits)

Prescribed courses (3 credits): English 418 - Advanced Technical Writing and Editing

Additional Courses (12-15 credits*):
Students must take credits from each of the following three groups for a total of 12-15 credits:

Select 3-6 credits from:

  • ENGL 470: Rhetorical Theory and Practice (3)
  • ENGL 471: Rhetorical Traditions (3)
  • ENGL 472: Current Theories of Writing and Reading (3)
  • ENGL 473: Rhetorical Approaches to Discourse (3)
  • ENGL 474: Issues in Rhetoric and Composition (3)
  • CASĀ 452 or 452W: Organizational Communication Theory and Research (3)
  • PHIL 407: Technology and Human Values (3)
  • PHIL 433: Ethics in Science and Engineering (3)


Select 6-9 credits from:

  • ENGL 415: Advanced Nonfiction Writing (3)
  • ENGL 416: Science Writing (3)
  • ENGL 417: The Editorial Process (3)
  • ENGL 419: Advanced Business Writing (3)
  • ENGL 420: Writing for the Web
  • ENGL 421: Advanced Expository Writing (3)
  • ENGL 480: Communication Design for Writers (3)
  • ENGL 495: Internship (3-6)


Select 3-6 credits from:

  • ART 002: Interactive Learning and Web-Design (3)
  • ART 003: Visual Images on the Web (3)
  • ART 101: Introduction to Web Design (3)
  • GD 100: Introduction to Graphic Design (3)
  • LDT 100: World Technologies and Learning (3)
  • PSYCH 444: Engineering Psychology (3)
  • PSYCH 456: Advanced Cognitive Psychology (3)

Supporting Courses and Related Areas (0-3 credits)*:
Students may select a course at the 400-level in a technical or scientific area with the approval of the department.

*Some of the courses in this category may have prerequisites that are not included in the minor.

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