Business & Technical Communications Program

Business & Government Communication Specialization:
Associate of Applied Science — 2005-2006 Catalog

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business and Government Communications is 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." Coursework includes 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.

Please note that there is a great deal of flexibility in this degree. While the composition, speech, math, humanities, and social and behavioral science courses are required, you can substitute any ETWR course for another that you prefer. You can also take any combination of computer and Visual Communication electives that you prefer—even to the exclusion of one or the other.

Note: To see catalog descriptions for courses that are in the major, move your mouse pointer over the ETWR and ENGL course titles below.

Use the online form to keep track of your progress toward your degree and to show the program coordinator.

Semester 1
Hours
ENGL 1301 English Composition I 3xxxx
ETWR 1373 Government and Business Correspondence 3xxxx
Oral Communication1 3xxxx
ETWR 1372 Grammar & Style 3xxxx
Office Administration elective2
or
Computer elective3
or
Visual Communication elective4
3-4xxxx
xx 15-16xxxx

Semester 2
Hours
Business Studies elective5 3xxxx
+ETWR 1374 Graphics for Business, Government and Technical Information 3xxxx
+ETWR 2376 Book-Length Documents with MS Word 4xxxx
Computer elective3
or
Visual Communication elective4
3-4xxxx
Mathematics elective1 3xxxx
xx 16-17xxxx

Semester 3
Hours
Business Studies elective5 3xxxx
+ETWR 2375 Writing Statistics for Information Specialists 3xxxx
+ETWR 1378
or
+ETWR 1376
Administrative Reports and Other Documents
or
Grant Proposals and Business Plans
3xxxx
Humanities1 3xxxx
Business & Technical Communications elective6 3xxxx
xx 15xxxx

Semester 4
Hours
Business Studies elective5 3xxxx
+ETWR 2379 Editing Government, Business and Technical Information 3xxxx
Social & Behavioral Science elective1 3xxxx
Business & Technical Communications elective6 3xxxx
Computer elective3
or
Visual Communication elective4
3-4xxxx
xx Capstone Portfolio Examination7 xxxx
xx 15-16xxxx

TOTAL 61-64xxxx

    + Prerequisites: See Course Descriptions.

    # Capstone course

  1. Select from the appropriate section of the General Education Course List.

  2. Students lacking computer skills should take COSC 1300, COSC 1301, or BCIS 1305; students with limited experience with Microsoft Word should take POFT 1329. Students with skills in these areas should take a Semester II course such as ENGL 2311 or ARTC 1402.

  3. Students are encouraged to take a course focusing on computer networks, databases, operating systems, or programming from Computer Information Technology or Computer Science departments.

  4. Students are encouraged to take a course focusing on web design, graphics, automated drafting, and multimedia from Visual Communications or Engineering Design Graphics departments.

  5. Students must select from Accounting, Business Administration, Financial Management, International Business, Management or Marketing.

  6. Select from Business and Technical Communications courses.

  7. Fourth semester capstone requirement - Portfolio Examination.


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