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Professional and Technical Communication

Your Future in Professional and Technical Communication

Are you a clear and concise writer? Do you have an eye for detail? Are you familiar with computer science or web design? If so, you should pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional and Technical Communication at the University of North Texas. We are the only university in the region to offer a degree in this field.

Professional and technical communication is a growing career field because of the expansion of scientific and technical information and the increasing presence of customer service and web-based product support networks. By earning a degree in this field, you can work as a(n):

  • Editor
  • Information architect
  • Proposal writer
  • Usability tester
  • Web site designer

You can also pursue a graduate degree in technical communication, law, administration or management.

What we offer

Our curriculum provides you a broad liberal arts background and basic training in the principles of technical communication. This is reflected in the wide range of courses we offer.

A unique feature of the curriculum is the completion of a client-based classroom project. This allows 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 web sites for local businesses and nonprofit organizations
  • Editing engineering manuals
  • Redesigning logos

Among the Department of Linguistics and Technical Communication's facilities are the Technical Communications Lab and the Writing Lab. The Technical Communications Lab is equipped with the technology and software needed to complete course work. Lab staff can also help you learn word-processing and graphics applications required for technical and business documents. The Writing Lab offers free tutoring to all students in all disciplines.

The Linguistics and Technical Communication Colloquium Series provides you opportunities to meet top researchers in the field and gain new perspectives.

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.

The department is a pioneer in its area because of the interdisciplinary approach to linguistics and technical communication. This enables you to immerse yourself in the study of language and understand its structure, use, design and application.

What to expect

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

  • Creating 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.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at ApplyTexas.org by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT.