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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate 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 (FCO 103 will be a required co-requisite with FCO 105 for students who have a high school GPA below 3.20), 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: Building a Better World: Sustainability, Science and Technology or Living Well: Understanding Human Health and Wellness.

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 6 credits in one foreign language


CM or WRT Internship 3 credits

Mathematics Component

With your Academic Advisor, choose 3 or 4 credits 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
  • Biology
  • 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 Associate’s Degree in any STEM or professional related field.

Elective Courses (5-12 credits)

Suggested Course Sequence:

Freshmen Year

Fall (15-16 credits)

  • 3 credit hours
  • 0 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 (16 credits)

Junior Year

Fall (15-16 credits)

Spring (15 credits)

Senior Year

Fall (15 credits)

Spring (15 credits)

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