Business & Technical Communications Program

Business & Government Communication Specialization:
Associate of Applied Science — 2014-2015 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 titles below.

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Semester 1
Hours
ENGL 2311 Technical & Business Writing 3xxxx
ETWR 1373 Government and Business Correspondence 3xxxx
Oral Communication1 3xxxx
ETWR 1372 Grammar & Style 3xxxx
Computer elective2
or
Visual Communication elective3
3-4xxxx
xx 15-16xxxx

Semester 2
Hours
ETWR 1378 Administrative Policy Writing 3 xxx
ETWR 1374 Graphics for Business, Government and Technical Information 3xxxx
ETWR 2376 Book-Length Documents with MS Word 4xxxx
Business Studies elective4 3xxxx
Mathematics elective1 3xxxx
xx 16-17xxxx

Semester 3
Hours
Business Studies elective4 3-4xxxx
ETWR 2375 Communicating Data and Statistical Information 3xxxx
ETWR 1376 Grant Proposals and Business Plans 3xxxx
Humanities1 3xxxx
Business & Technical Communications elective5 3xxxx
xx 15-17xxxx

Semester 4
Hours
ETWR 2379 Editing Government, Business and Technical Information 3xxxx
Social & Behavioral Science elective1 3xxxx
Business & Technical Communications elective5 3xxxx
Computer elective2
or
Visual Communication elective3
3-4xxxx
# ETWR 1379 Technical Communicators: Careers and Professionalism6 3xxxx
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. Select from BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications and COSC 1301 Introduction to Computing.
    3. Select from the ARTC 1402 Digital Imaging I and ARTC 1413 Digital Publishing I. Ask the department chair for recommendations.
    4. Select from ACNT 1303 Introduction to Accounting I—Non-Business Majors, BUSG 2309 Small Business Management, IBUS 1305 Introduction to International Business and Trade, COMM 2327 Principles of Advertising, and MRKG 1311 Principles of Marketing. Ask the department chair for recommendations.
    5. Select from ETWR 1471 Social Media Tools I: Design and Implementation, ETWR ???? Social Media Law & Ethics, and ETWR 2479 Web-Based Content Management Systems. Ask the department chair for recommendations.
    6. Capstone course requirement.

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