Technical/Professional Communications Minor

Why Study Technical/Professional Communications

Students completing the Technical/Professional Communications Minor will possess a well-rounded education that will help them become lifelong learners adaptable to and conversant with changing workplace dynamics.

Why Study Technical/Professional Communications at Ship

Technical/Professional Communications is an exciting 18-credit interdisciplinary minor offering state-of-the-art preparation for the professional workplace—a perfect complement to almost any major. This program is one of the most comprehensive minors of its kind.

The minor’s flexible interdisciplinary design provides you with a combination of the intellectual competencies and highly marketable professional skills you’ll need to embark on a successful career. You will take two core courses in technical writing and computer systems, and a variety of additional courses ranging from web design to advertising copy writing, from organizational theory to advanced technical writing.

Career Opportunities

By completing the Technical/Professional Communications Minor you will possess up-to-date knowledge and skills that, combined with your major, can lead to careers such as:

  • Social media/digital marketing specialist
  • Editor
  • Market researcher
  • Technical writer
  • Web content developer
  • Media specialist
  • Advertising writer/designer
  • Publications manager

In addition, these skills are often sought as a technical component in many professional positions that are not primarily technical: grant writer, researcher, and marketing manager, among many others.  

Minor Requirements

Any undergraduate student—from the Colleges of Business, Arts and Sciences, and Education and Human Services—can register for the Technical/Professional Communications Minor. This flexible program can readily fit into most 4-year degree plans.

Students complete 6 credits by taking two of the following core courses, one in writing and one in computer systems:

  • CSC103 Overview of Computer Science OR
  • CSC110 Computer Science I OR
  • ISM142 Business Computer Systems AND
  • ENG238 Technical/Professional Writing I

See the Undergraduate Catalog for a complete list of courses that meet the requirements for the remaining 12 credits.

Upon completing 12 credits, you may apply for an optional internship (up to 3 credits) with permission from the program director.  

Contact Information

Technical Professional Communications Minor
Dr. Carla Kungl, Program Director, Department of English
Dauphin Humanities Center 128, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1716
Department Website