According to the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the field is defined as: "all processes by which humans convey meaning about the development and use of technology." Scientific and technical communication involves gathering, analyzing, and distributing scientific and technical information efficiently and accurately for specific audiences.
We offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Scientific and Technical Communication (S&TC) that offers a unique combination of written, oral, digital, and visual communication theory and practice as they apply to interdisciplinary areas of science and technology. Students will study theories of rhetoric and communication and apply principles of audience analysis, writing and editing, information design, oral communication, and visual rhetoric. They will learn to engage in writing as a process and examine writing within communities of practice. We also offer an undergraduate minor in Technical Communication.
On behalf of the Undergraduate Committee in the Department of Writing Studies, I am pleased to announce the recipients of our 2013 undergraduate awards.
* Coaxley Ames Writing Excellence Award ($1000): Heidi Cameron and Carah Kucharski
* Victoria Mikelonis Memorial Award in S&TC ($200): Christi Mastley
More information about these awards can be found on the Undergraduate Awards & Scholarships web page.
Congratulations to Heidi, Carah, and Christi!June 3rd, 2013
Professors Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch and Ann Hill Duin, along with Kathleen Hanson (Journalism) and Celina Byers (CLA-OIT) had their E Portfolio proposal funded by the Provost's eLearning initiative.
They proposed the addition of an EPortfolio 2.0 to the curriculum in the Journalism Bachelor of Arts program and the Writing Studies / Technical Communication Bachelor of Science program. "The EPortfolio 2.0 program will allow all participating students to create a portfolio of finished work that demonstrates key abilities and activities critical to their respective major programs of study. This dynamic "2.0" version of EPortfolios will also include unique articulation of a Personal Learning Network (PLN), or arrays of people and social networking tools that connect students with information, knowledge and perspectives that enrich their undergraduate educations across and beyond the curriculum."May 3rd, 2013