English - Professional and Technical Writing Emphasis, BA/BS


Program Description

The Professional and Technical Writing program at Utah Tech University prepares students for careers in technical, scientific, medical, legal, and business writing environments. Courses introduce students to the procedures and practices that professional writers and editors use regularly, including grant writing, freelance writing, interactive media development, magazine production, technical editing, and document design. To further enhance their understanding of language and verbal communication, students in our program investigate areas such as composition theory, visual rhetoric, and the history of rhetoric.

Program Curriculum

120 credits

Utah Tech General Education Requirements

All Utah Tech General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to Utah Tech's minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements

American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
Bachelor of Arts: Foreign Language Requirement3-16
Complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits in a single foreign language, through earned credit (grade C or higher), credit by examination, or vertical credit from the courses listed on the GE Foreign Language Requirement page 1
- Complete a 2020 or higher foreign language course (grade C or higher)
- Complete a 3060 foreign language course listed below (grade C or higher)
- Receive 16 transfer credits for GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (8) in a single foreign language (grade C or higher)
Complete a 1010 course listed below in a second foreign language (grade C or higher) AND one of the following:
1. In a language not taught at Utah Tech, receive 12 FLATS exam credits for FLAT 1000 (8) and FLAT 2000 (4)
2. In a language not taught at Utah Tech, receive 12 transfer credits articulated as GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (4) (all grade C or higher)
Available only to students who are nonnative English speakers, complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits of ESL courses listed below (grade B or higher)
- Complete ESL 2750 or ESL 2760 (grade B or higher).
- Submit one of the following test scores required for unconditional Utah Tech admission: TOEFL (61 iBT, 173 CBT, or 500 PBT); or Michigan (70); or USU-IELE equivalent score. Other tests may be accepted for admission to Utah Tech but will not fulfill this requirement. Official scores must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
Total Hours3-16

General Education Foreign Language Classes may be found on the General Education page.

English Core Requirements 

ENGL 1410Elements of Grammar3
ENGL 2600Critical Introduction to Literature (HU, GC)3
ENGL 3030Advanced College Writing3
ENGL 3220Multicultural Literature in the United States3
ENGL 3810History and Structure of the English Language3
ENGL 4700Senior Capstone (ALUR)3
ENGL 2400American Lit Before 1865 (HU, GC)3
or ENGL 2410 American Lit After 1865 (HU, GC)
or ENGL 2500 British Literature Before 1800 (HU, GC)
or ENGL 2510 British Literature After 1800 (HU, GC)

Professional & Technical Writing Emphasis Requirements

ENGL 2100Technical Writing (ALCS)3
ENGL 3120Document Design3
ENGL 3130Grant and Proposal Writing (ALCS)3
ENGL 3180Writing for Interactive Media3
ENGL 3450Methods and Research in Professional and Technical Writing3
ENGL 3720Editing3
Complete two of the following courses:
ENGL 3345Topics in Professional & Technical Writing: 3345 may be repeated to satisfy this two-course requirement3
ENGL 3350Digital Journal Production, Route 7 Review Only 3 credits of 3350 can be used to satisfy emphasis requirements; additional credits for elective credit only3
ENGL 3351 Only 3 credits of 3351 can be used to satisfy emphasis requirements; additional credits for elective credit only3
ENGL 3360Writing for Online Markets3

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher in each English Core and Emphasis Requirement course.