Business & Government Communications


The Certificate and the Associate of Applied Science in the Business & Government Specialization are designed for information specialists in business and government who write a lot in their work but who are not trained as writers and whose job titles do not include "writer." Courses include developing print, online, and graphic materials; writing grant and new-business proposals as well as effective business correspondence; handling statistical material both in text as well as in tables, charts, and graphs; using software applications common to the business and government work environments; and, most importantly, practicing clear succinct direct writing that is carefully adapted to its intended audience and that gets the job done.

Note: Certificate and degree plans are flexible; courses can be substituted from the other specialization. Contact the department chairperson.

Certificate. Descriptions of the certificate, with requirements and course listings, by catalog date:

Associate of Applied Science. Description of the AAS degree, with requirements and course listings, by catalog date:

Continuing Education Certificate. Take these six courses to earn the CE certificate:

  • ETWR 1091 Introduction to Technical Writing (ENGL 2311 for credit)
  • ETWR 1074 Graphics for Business, Government and Technical Information (ETWR 1374 for credit)
  • ETWR 2076 Technical Publishing with MS Word (ETWR 2476 for credit)
  • ETWR 1073 Government and Business Correspondence (ETWR 1373 for credit)
  • ETWR 1078 Administrative Policy Writing (ETWR 1378 for credit)
  • ETWR 2075 Communicating Data and Statistical Information (ETWR 2375 for credit)

Recommended electives. Courses offered by the Visual Communication program and by the Computer Information Systems program are highly recommended for careers in business and government communication:

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