Technical Writing and Rhetorics
Technical Writing and Rhetorics is a sequence in the English major. Professional technical writers take complex information and communicate it in a way that people understand.
Focusing on this sequence prepares you for careers as a technical and professional writer in a variety of settings, such as corporate, nonprofit, and governmental organizations. You’ll have the skills to effectively communicate information to a range of audiences.
What You Learn and Do
- Production Skills: Learn the relationship between written, visual, and digital texts
- Web Design Skills: A top skill valued by employers
- Hands-on Experience: Produce multimodal web-based texts with computer applications used by professionals
- Professional Internship: Work in a real-world setting to get a deeper understanding of technical communication in the workplace
Point of Pride
Our faculty are experts in the rhetorics of social justice and public literacies. This gives you a unique opportunity to study technical writing as a form of civic engagement and change the world beyond workplace settings.
Why study Technical Writing and Rhetorics?
Coursework and projects in the Technical Writing and Rhetorics sequence mirror the professional industry. Work is based on scholarly research and best practices associated with information architecture, usability, project management, web-based collaboration, and international and intercultural technical communication.
Technical writers are in-demand and the profession is expected to grow faster than average. Their ability to communicate complex topics in an understandable way helps organizations connect with internal and external audiences.
Applying to Illinois State
Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!