The Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication major is a department within
the College of Arts &
Writing and Rhetoric
Technical and Scientific Communication
Admission and Progression Standards for this major:
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Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication is offered as
a major at JMU. Students can pursue this major
within either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
degree program. This program is offered through the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication. The major in writing, rhetoric and technical communication (WRTC) equips you for academic and professional success as a communicator in print and electronic media. It develops you into an accomplished writer and editor, able to evaluate the effectiveness of communication based upon the principles of rhetoric. You will also cultivate a proficiency in critcal and analytical thinking as well as technology. Ultimately, this major will prepare you for a career as a professional communicator. The Technical and Scientific concentration
prepares students to work in a variety of Web-based
environments in business, information technology industries
and non-profit institutions. The Writing and Rhetoric concentration is designed for students who wish to extend, enrich, and formalize their education as writers.The central objectives
of the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs
are to help students to: (1) develop into accomplished
writers and editors, (2) learn how to solve communication
problems in their field, (3) enhance their understanding
of how and why communication works, (4) develop criteria
for evaluating the effectiveness of communication, (5)
practice using communication technologies that enhance
their ability to design and produce documents of professional
quality both in terms of writing and graphics, (6) improve
the efficiency and effectiveness of their managing communication,
(7) develop research skills, and (8) create a focus
of study within the technical or scientific field in
which they intend to work as a professional technical
communicator. Minors in Technical & Scientific Communication and Writing & Rhetoric are also offered through this department.
me more about this field of study.
Technical writers are typically anonymous authors who
must remain objective and factual with the subject matter
with which they are dealing. Their sole function is
to deal with facts and objects and to relate useful,
relevant, and reliable information to the reader. The
exceptions to this rule of anonymity are people who
write scientific or technical articles for newspapers,
magazines, and academic publications under their own
names. Their language is simple, direct, and contains
a minimum number of nonfunctional descriptive adjectives.
Technical writing is the profession of writing, editing,
and preparing publications in many fields of technology,
science, engineering, and medicine including articles
for technical and scientific journals. These publications
may be technical reports, instruction manuals, articles,
papers, proposals, brochures, web sites, and booklets.
Technical writers also prepare speeches for technical
meetings and conferences.
me more about specializations in this major.
The School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication
encourages a broad-based background rather than specialization.
The varied writing, editing, and production professions
that comprise the field of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication require that university graduates be well-rounded
- not only accomplished in writing, editing, and communication
technologies (such as desktop publishing, online documentation,
and electronic publishing on the World Wide Web) but
also acquainted with technical and scientific content
common major or minor combinations from other departments
complement this major?
Concentrated course work in another academic area is
encouraged. Some minor combinations may include: Anthropology,
Biology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Communication Studies,
Computer Science, Environmental Information Systems,
Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Geographic Science, Geology,
Health Sciences, Historical Archaeology, History, Integrated
Science and Technology, Justice Studies, Mathematics, Philosophy
and Religion, Physics, Political Communication, Political
Science,Public Policy and Administration, Sociology, Sport Communication, Statistics, or Telecommunications.
OF SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS
Ability to utilize computers is essential. Students
who are logical, analytical and have the ability to
synthesize and to communicate information in both written
and verbal formats tend to excel.
Many graduates choose typical career paths associated
with this major. However, some graduates choose unrelated
careers that utilize skills and experiences developed
during their years in college. Keep in mind, that some
fields will require graduate study or further training.
The listing below offers examples of possible career
paths and is not meant to be comprehensive.