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Technical/Professional Communications Minor

The technical/professional communications minor offers state-of-the-art preparation for the professional workplace, a perfect complement to almost any major. You can largely create their own minor based on your interests and desired career. This program is the most comprehensive minor of its kind in the region.

What Will I Learn?

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. Because the program is interdisciplinary, students learn how knowledge and communication styles are constructed in different disciplines, giving them broad critical thinking skills and advanced problem-solving capabilities.

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What are the requirements for this degree?

There are 18 credits required:

  • Two core courses (six credits) in technical writing and computer systems
  • Four electives (12 credits) from an approved list of different areas of study from eight departments

Six credits must be at the 300-400 level, and excepting internships, no more than two courses per department can count for minor credit.


This minor pairs well with many majors, especially those that offer classes to the minor:

  • English
  • Communications/journalism
  • Marketing
  • Human communication studies

However, it is an excellent fit with writing-heavy majors across the university:

  • Geography/earth science
  • Social work
  • History
  • Psychology

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

Students with intended career paths that involve media, design, editing, publishing and marketing would especially benefit from this minor.

Skills and experience from this program can be combined with those obtained from majors, leading to these careers and more:

  • Business analyst
  • Editor
  • Market researcher
  • Technical reporter
  • Web developer
  • Media specialist
  • Ad writer/designer
  • Publications manager
  • Grant writer
  • Researcher
  • Marketing manager
  • Graphic designer

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

In this interdisciplinary minor, you will take courses in at least four different departments, exposing you to a variety of majors and expanding your knowledge base. We host various get-togethers throughout the year and co-sponsors talks on campus.

For those interested, Shippensburg University has a number of student media groups and publications that provide opportunities for you to network, pursue leadership positions, have your work published, boost your resumes and build a portfolio.

Contact the Technical/Professional Communications Minor

Carla T. Kungl, Associate Professor, English and Director Dauphin Humanities 007 or Horton Hall 307 1871 Old Main Drive. Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1716