Technical Communication

About the technical communication major

Advances in technology increase the need to communicate complex technical information effectively to a variety of audiences and users. Technical communicators create a range of materials, from user manuals, training guides, and business reports to websites and online help pages.

The Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication provides theory, methods, and skills needed to design, develop, and edit scientific, technical, and business materials. This program offers applied industry projects and internships and includes optional tracks, such as international dimensions, usability, or health care (Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, 2019).

Skills and abilities this major develops: reading and writing skills, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, technical skills, knowledge of graphic design and publishing software, and detail orientation.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Project management
  • Technical report writing
  • Technical and scientific editing
  • Visual technical communication
  • Website design
  • Written communication in science and industry

Possible careers

  • Information architect
  • Multimedia content developer
  • Technical editor
  • Technical trainer
  • Technical writer/communicator
  • User experience designer/practitioner
  • Web designer

Where could I work?

  • Avalon Group
  • Conduent
  • CSpring
  • Engaging Solutions
  • Experis
  • Xiber, LLC

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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