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Professional and Technical Writing/BS

The Professional and Technical Writing program is designed to prepare students to communicate clearly and effectively using a variety of tools and media. Students gain competencies that include writing, editing, problem solving, document design, rhetoric, interpersonal communication, collaboration, specialized expertise, and fluency in modern communication technologies. Students learn how to translate complex, industry-specific information into lay terminology or another industry-specific discourse. This program has three components: (1) general education core courses, (2) required courses in the major, and (3) an area of specialization. Students in this interdisciplinary degree program gain strong communication skills and a solid knowledge base through specialization in a content area, namely, a professional, scientific, or technical discipline.

In order to meet the needs of the growing marketplace, the program allows students to look across disciplinary boundaries and bring together information and skills from a variety of fields into a new base for learning, designing, and writing. The structure of this degree ensures that students who graduate from this program (a) master industry standard applications for professional and technical writing and related technologies, (b) acquire expertise in a professional studies-related, science-related, or technology-related discipline that will give them an edge in the marketplace, and (c) enter a rapidly shifting workplace prepared to negotiate new forms of media with sophistication and confidence. The program provides students with both a hands-on experience using a range of tools as well as an understanding of the theories underlying the use of those tools. Graduates master industry standards for both professional and technical writing, as well as related technologies.

Admissions Criteria for BS Program in Professional and Technical Writing

Incoming Students

Students may enter the BS program in Professional and Technical Writing with a minimum high school average of 75, and must demonstrate CUNY proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics.

Continuing Students

Students may enter the BS program in Professional and Technical Writing with CUNY proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics. Moreover, students may transfer from one of the City Tech AAS, AA, AS, or unclassified programs either before or after completing the associate degree.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and should have taken one semester of college-level English having earned a grade of C or higher. Transfer students must also possess CUNY proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics.

The program’s curriculum is designed for students to achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Understand and resolve legal and ethical issues surrounding publication
  • Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of visual rhetoric and writing in multimedia environments
  • Describe technical information in readable prose for specialists and non-specialists
  • Use professional tools for technical and professional communication
  • Work and write collaboratively
  • Evaluate, analyze, summarize, and vet information
  • Match deliverables to an audience and purpose
  • Create and defend a proposal both orally and in writing
  • Conduct needs assessments
  • Perform usability tests
  • Understand issues of cultural diversity as they relate to written and digital communication

GENERAL EDUCATION COMMON CORE

42-45 CREDITS

I - REQUIRED CORE1 (4 COURSES, 12-15 CREDITS)


English Composition (2 courses, 6 credits)

ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
ENG 1121 English Composition II 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (1 course, 3-4 credits)

MAT 1190 or higher2 Quantitative Reasoning 3-4

Life and Physical Sciences (1 course, 3-5 credits)3

Any Approved Course3-5

II - FLEXIBLE CORE (6 COURSES, 18-19 CREDITS)

World Cultures and Global Issues

Any Approved Course3

US Experience in its Diversity

Any Approved Course3

Individual and Society

Any Approved Course3

Creative Expression

Any Approved Course3

Scientific World

Any Approved Course3
One additional course from any group 3

III - COLLEGE OPTION REQUIREMENT4 (12 CREDITS)

• One course in Speech/Oral Communication5
COM 1330

Public Speaking or higher

3
• One interdisciplinary Liberal Arts and Sciences course
(Any approved course)

3
• Additional liberal arts credits to reach a minimum total of 42 credits in general education. In meeting their general education requirements overall, students must take at least one advanced liberal arts course or two sequential courses in a foreign language

Writing Intensive Requirement

Students at New York City College of Technology must complete two courses designated WI for the associate level, one from GenEd and one from the major; and two additional courses designated WI for the baccalaureate level, one from GenEd and one from the major.

PROGRAM-SPECIFIC DEGREE REQUIREMENTS AND ELECTIVES 78 CREDITS
Professional and Technical Writing 36
ENG 1133 Specialized Communications for Technology Students3
ENG 1710 Introduction to Language and Technology4
ENG 2700 Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing4
ENG 2720 Writing with New Media4
ENG 2730 Professional Editing and Revising4
ENG 3760 Digital Storytelling4
ENG 3790 Information Architecture4
LIB 1201 Research and Documentation for the Information Age3
COM 3401 Business and Professional Communication3
HIS 3209 History of Technology3
Specialization 18
To provide depth in a content area, students must complete a minimum of 18 credits in a single professional, scientific, or technical discipline. Upon individual evaluation, students may be able to meet this requirement by using credits earned, for example, in an associate degree program.

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COURSES (12 CREDITS)6

Internship Course

ENG 3770 Advanced Professional Writing 4
ENG 3775 Advanced Technical Writing 4
ENG 3780 Planning and Testing User Documents 4
CST 3559 Technical Documentation 4
ENG 4700 Special Topics in Professional and Technical Writing 4
ENG 1101 English Composition I Met as GenEd
ENG 1121 English Composition II Met as GenEd
ENG 4900 Professional and Technical Writing Internship 4
Free Elective Credits (including surplus GenEd credits above 42) 8
TOTAL PROGRAM-SPECIFIC REQUIRED AND ELECTIVE COURSES 78
TOTAL NYSED LIBERAL ARTS/SCIENCE CREDITS 427
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR THE DEGREE 120

1 For purposes of advisement, specific courses listed are “double-duty” courses: degree requirements that also meet CUNY Pathways general education requirements in that category. Students are not required to take these courses to meet their GenEd requirements; however, making a different choice may result in additional credits needed to complete the degree.

2 Students intending to specialize in a STEM area are advised to take a STEM variant mathematics course

3 Students intending to specialize in a STEM area are advised to take a STEM variant science course.

4 Complete lists of liberal arts and sciences courses and advanced liberal arts courses, as well as semester-specific lists of interdisciplinary courses and writing intensive courses, are available online at the City Tech Pathways website.

5 Students who have already met this requirement may choose any other liberal arts and science course in its place.

6 Students must complete 12 upper-level credits in the major.

7 Total LAS credits, including electives and additional required courses, exceed 60.