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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Technical Communication and Writing, B.S.

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Technical Communication and Writing is an exciting field within the broader communication and writing disciplines that offers a cutting-edge academic program as well as growth and stability in terms of employment in information technology, healthcare, and the sciences.  Our science and technology dependent society has a strong need for people who can communicate scientific, medical, and technical information clearly to a wide range of audiences.

Requirements for Graduation:

To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Technical Communication and Writing must complete a minimum of 120 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.

The General Education Requirements of the college require students to successfully complete First Year Seminar, Foundations, Disciplinary Perspectives, and a Constellation. Students who enter the college with 30 credit hours completed will not take a First Year Seminar course and therefore must take an additional 3 credits for graduation. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation.

General Education Requirement

First Year Seminar

Foundations Requirements

Disciplinary Perspectives Requirements

Constellation Requirement

The Constellation requirement is met when a student completes four courses from a minimum of three disciplines within the Constellation requirements.  Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation except for Education majors.

Students are advised to complete one of the following Constellations:

  • Community Engagement
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Health and Wellness
  • Science and Technology

Required Major Courses:

Theory, Methods, and Research in Communication and Writing

Writing Technologies and Practices

Mass Communication Technologies and Practices

Visual Design Practices

Foreign Language Component

Choose six credits in one foreign language


CM or WRT Internship 3 credits

Mathematics Component

With your Academic Advisor, choose one of the following based on the specific requirements of your minor:

Required Minor (18-21 credits).

Students must complete a program-approved minor in a STEM, Social Science or a technical discipline.  The required minor will act as a content knowledge area that should be in line with students’ career interests.  In consultation with their advisor, students can choose from the following list:

  • Anthropology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Cybersecurity
  • Geography
  • Gerontology
  • Human Services
  • Information Systems
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainability and Environmental Studies
  • Other option (in consultation with your advisor)

Transfer students can replace this requirement with an Associates Degree in any STEM or professional related field.

Electives (5-12 credits).

Suggested Course Sequence:

Freshmen Year

Fall (15 credits)

  • 3 credit hours
  • Disciplinary Perspectives I Course​ 3 credit hours
  • Math Course​ 3-4 credit hours
  • American Citizenship Course​ 3 credit hours
  • Foreign Language I 3 credit hours

Spring (15 credits)

Sophomore Year

Fall (15 credits)

Spring (15 credits)

Junior Year

Fall (15 credits)

Spring (15 credits)

Senior Year

Fall (15 credits)

Spring (15 credits)

  • 3 credit hours
  • Constellation IV 3 credit hours
  • STEM minor course VI 3 credit hours
  • Free Elective 3 credit hours
  • Free Elective 3 credit hours

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