Concentrations: Technical and Scientific Communication, Writing and Rhetoric

Major requirements and their VCCS equivalents (and RBC equivalents if applicable)

JMU Course:

  • VCCS equivalents:
  • RBC equivalents:
  • NOTE: There are no course equivalents offered by the VCCS or RBC.

Advising Notes

1. There are no VCCS or RBC equivalents for major courses.
2. Students generally start the WRTC major in the junior year; with careful preparation at the Community College and with a WRTC advisor once admitted to JMU, the major can be completed in two years (depending on the concentration chosen).
3. Students interested in the major should register for WRTC 200, the first of the three core courses, in their first semester at JMU.
4. Students can further prepare themselves for the WRTC major by taking writing courses beyond first-year composition and computer literacy courses; courses in rhetoric as well as in visual layout and web programming are particularly relevant. Good writing skills are also key to being successful in the major.
5. Students pursuing a BA degree must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language (either through the JMU foreign language placement exam or coursework). Please note that JMU does not grant transfer credit for the 101-102 levels of a foreign language that a student studied for two or more years in high school.
6. Students concentrating in TSC are strongly urged to join the Society for Technical Communication (STC).

For more information:

Major Snapshot
The School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication   
Career Guide to JMU Majors: Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication

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