Degree Type: B.A.
CIP Code 23.1303
Major Code PTC
Department Code ENG
Degree Website usfsm.edu/programs/professional-technical-communication/

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional and Technical Communication develops the competencies sought by those who employ professional and technical communicators in a rapidly shifting workplace.

Mission

The B.A. in Professional and Technical Communication (PTC) from USF Sarasota-Manatee attests to the achievement of skills necessary for a successful career in professional and technical communication. Before graduating, PTC students must define and solve communication problems and employ effective strategies, approaches, and media tools for meeting the needs of those who will hire them as professionals.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Shows ability to create clear, concise, and complete messages that meet needs of intended users and readers.
  • Meets stated deadline for assigned projects.
  • Shows ability to create and transmit messages in such diverse media as print, audio, video, in-person presentations, and internet.
  • Critical Thinking: Shows knowledge and sound judgment in using effective communication concepts, theories, tactics, and strategies appropriate for intended project results.
  • Communication: Shows ability to interpret and edit messages from advanced Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) and transmit said messages effectively to non-expert users.

Policies

Students majoring in Professional and Technical Communication must meet all degree requirements of USFSM and the CLASS, as well as the following:

  • A 2.50 GPA in the major is required for graduation
  • American Sign Language is not accepted to meet the foreign language requirement

State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

State Prerequisite USFSM Course Offering
Course Number Course Number Credit Hours
ENC 1101 or ENC XXXX (equivalent to English Composition I) ENC 1101 3
ENC 1102 or ENC XXXX (equivalent to English Composition II) ENC 1102 3
ENC 2210 ENC 2210 3
SPC 2608 SPC 2608 3

Program of Study

A minimum of 36 semester hours is required of all undergraduate majors in Professional and Technical Communication.  This consists of twelve (12) credit hours from the PTC electives, twelve (12) credit hours from the business electives or twelve (12) credit hours from the IT electives, or a combination of both Business and IT electives.

Required Degree Core (12 credit hours — must be taken at USFSM)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
ENC 3242 Technical Communication for Majors 3 PR: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 OR ENC 1121 and ENC 1122 SMLE; Usually taken in first upper-level term
COM 3110 Communication for Business and the Professions 3 None
ENC 4946 Professional & Technical Writing  Internship 3 PR: ENC 3242 with a minimum grade of C; PTC majors only; Approved application and form internship agreement Usually taken in penultimate term
ENC 4268 Senior Seminar in Professional & Technical Writing 3 PR: ENC 4946; Senior Standing 6ACM, SMCC; Usually taken in final term

PTC Electives – Students may choose twelve (12) credit hours (4 courses) from the list below

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
ENC 3250 Professional Writing 3 PR: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 OR ENC 1121 and ENC 1122
ENC 3310 Expository Writing 3 PR: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 OR ENC 1121 and ENC 1122 SMCD
ENC 3416 New Media for Technical Communication 3 PR: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 OR ENC 1121 and ENC 1122
ENC 4212 Professional & Technical Editing 3 PR: At least one of the following: ENC 2210, ENC 3250, ENC 3310, ENC 4260, ENC 4906, ENC 4946, ENC 4268, ENC 4311; CI
ENC 4218 Visual Rhetoric for Technical Communication 3 PR: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 OR ENC 1121 and ENC 1122
ENC 4260 Advanced Technical Writing 3 PR: ENC 2210 or ENC 3310; CI
ENC 4264 Managerial Communications 3 PR: Any one of the following: ENC 3250, ENC 3310, ENC 4311, ENC 4260, ENC 2210
ENC 4906 Professional & Technical Writing Independent Study 3 PR: Any two of the following: ENC 2210, ENC 3250, ENC 3310, ENC 4209, ENC 4212, ENC 4260, ENC 4264, ENC 4311; CI
ENC 4931 Selected Topics in Professional and Technical Writing 3 PR: ENC 3250, ENC 2210, or ENC 3310; CI

Information Technology Electives  – Students may choose twelve (12) credits (4 courses) from the list below.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
CGS 2100 Computers in Business 3 None
CEN 3722 Human Computer Interfaces for Information Technology 3 PR: COP 3515 and (COP 2513 or COP 2250)
COP 2030 Programming Concepts I 3 None
COP 2700 Database Systems Basics 3 PR: COP 2030
CIS 3360 Principles of Information Security 3 Applied Science (BSAS) Majors only
CIS 4510 IT Project Management 3 CI
CIS 4412 Information Technology Resource Management 3 Junior, Senior or Graduate Standing

Business Electives – Students may choose twelve (12) credits (4 courses) from the list below.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
ACG 2021 Principles of Financial Accounting 3 None
ACG 2071 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3 PR: ACG 2021 with a grade of C- or better
ECO 2013 Economic Principles (Macroeconomics) 3 None SMSS
ECO 2023 Economic Principles (Microeconomics) 3 None SMSS
BUL 3320 Law and Business I 3 None
MAN 3025 Principles of Management 3 None SMLE
MAR 3023 Basic Marketing 3 None

Electives and Minors

The requirements for the PTC degree allow for electives outside the major. Students are encouraged to use these credits to pursue a minor that will broaden and enrich their major studies. Students may elect to pursue any minor; however, the following minors at USFSM would well complement a PTC degree: English Literature, Political Science, Sociology, or Spanish and Latin American Studies.