What degrees are offered?
We currently offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Professional and Technical Communication.
Starting in 2018-19, we will also offer the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Professional and Technical Communication. Both programs prepare students for entry-level positions as technical writers/ editors, content developers, or usability professionals, most commonly working on teams to create user guides, web content, and proposals in companies within the information technology, consulting, and healthcare industries. Students earning the BS will be especially well-qualified for technology-heavy positions (e.g., front-end web developer, business analyst, etc.) in information technology and software companies.
How much will these programs cost?
UNT has been named one of America's Best College Buys® for 22 consecutive years. You can use a calculator to estimate your tuition and fees. Get more information about the cost of undergraduate programs.
When do I need to apply?
We have rolling admissions so you can apply at any time. If you want to compete for a departmental scholarship, you must apply and be admitted before February 1. Get more admissions information for freshmen or for transfer students.
What classes do I take?
All TECM classes emphasize skills needed in the workplace: like writing documentation, designing for user experience, and coding websites. Students learn advanced software skills (e.g., MS Word, Adobe InDesign, MadCap Flare, etc.), and most classes involve client-sponsored projects that produce work students can show off to potential employers. Links below take you to a recent syllabus for that course.
Those students who fall under the 2018-19 Catalog are required to take 10 major courses (30 hours).
- TECM 2700: Technical Writing
- TECM 2800: The Professional of Technical Communication
- TECM 3100: Visual Technical Communication
- TECM 3200: Information Design for Electronic Media
- TECM 3550: Content Strategy in Technical Communication
- TECM 4100: Writing Proposals
- TECM 4180: Advanced Technical Communication
- TECM 4190: Technical Editing
- TECM 4300: Usability & User Experience
- TECM 4500: Content Analysis
Students are also required to take 2 elective courses (6 hours).
- TECM 3500: Digital Media for Professional Communication
- TECM 4250: Writing Technical Manuals & Procedures
- TECM 4400: Advanced Information Design
- TECM 4700: Science Writing
- TECM 4800: Special Topics
Instead of meeting the CLASS-required foreign language requirement like BA students, BS students must complete 2 technology foundation courses (6 hours) from one of the options below.
BS Technology Option 1:
- BCIS: 2610: Business Computer Programming
- BCIS: 3630: Object Oriented Programming for Business
BS Technology Option 2:
- DSCI 2710: Data Analysis with Spreadsheets
- DSCI: 3710: Business Statistics with Spreadsheets
BS Technology Option 3:
- 2 CSCE courses at UNT
Download the advising sheets for the BA in Professional and Technical Communication and the BS in Professional and Technical Communication. For the complete list of degree requirements visit the Undergraduate Catalog.
Not all courses are offered every semester. You can view the planned course offerings here.
Who do I talk to?
**We strongly encourage our students to meet with an advisor before enrolling each semester.**
Please call the office at (940) 565-4458 to schedule an appointment to meet with the undergraduate advisor.
Mr. Lee Dollar, Undergraduate Advisor
Dr. Erin Friess, Director of Undergraduate Studies