Your Future in Professional and Technical Communication

Technical communication focuses on making technical topics understandable and using technology to make information usable. By earning a degree in this field, you can work as a(n):

  • Editor
  • Information architect
  • Proposal writer
  • Usability tester
  • Website designer

Texas employs more technical communicators than any other state except California, and the DFW metroplex employs the sixth most technical communicators among metropolitan areas in the United States.

What we offer

Our curriculum provides you a broad liberal arts background and intensive training in the principles of technical communication. Our wide range of courses gives you the real-world skills you need to succeed in a technical communication career. A unique feature of the curriculum is the completion of several client-based classroom projects, which allow you to collaborate professionally with customers and other colleagues. Past projects have included:

  • Creating promotional materials for an art gallery
  • Creating style guides for companies
  • Designing websites for local businesses and nonprofit organizations
  • Editing engineering manuals
  • Redesigning logos

As a Professional and Technical Communication major, you will use the Technical Communication Lab whenever you are enrolled in a Technical Communication course. The Technical Communication Lab is equipped with the technology and software needed to complete course work. Lab staff will help you learn the software skills, such as word-processing, desktop publishing, photo manipulating, and web designing, required for technical and business documents. Our faculty members are outstanding teachers with diverse backgrounds. They have years of experience as writers, editors, creative directors and consultants for various companies and organizations. Many are also active participants in professional organizations such as the Society for Technical Communication and the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing.

Internship and job opportunities abound because of the university’s location. The Dallas-Fort Worth region employs the sixth most technical writers in the nation. Recent Professional and Technical Communication majors have interned or worked full-time for National Instruments, Sabre, Southwest Airlines, Siemens and Texas Instruments.

What to expect

In addition to the university’s core curriculum, you’ll complete 36 credit hours of required courses and specialized electives. Courses include:

  • Commercial publications for high-tech industries
  • Information design for electronic media
  • Technical editing
  • Writing grants and proposals

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.