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Technical and Professional
Communication Concentration
(Graduate Catalog)
(Concentration Website)

Area Advisor: Dr. Brent Henze (
Area Coordinator: Dr. Michael Albers (


East Carolina University's online graduate programs in Technical and
Professional Communication provide advanced preparation for students
seeking careers in technical and professional communication and a
variety of related fields requiring communication expertise. Students
develop proficiency in technical editing and publishing; communication
media and technologies; research design and methodology; teaching
and training; communication in specific professional contexts such as
healthcare, science, and government; professional writing genres; and
many other areas. 

Students from a variety of academic backgrounds develop the knowledge
and skills to thrive as communicators in industry, academe, and the
public sector. Our programs offer practicing communication professionals
the opportunity to step back from their everyday tasks to reconsider the
technological and conceptual changes that influence their work. Our
graduates become public relations specialists, fund-raising and educational
outreach professionals, program directors and communication specialists,
teachers and trainers, writers in government, and technical communicators
in high-tech industries.

Course Work and Other Requirements

For questions regarding coursework and other requirements, please contact the area advisor, Dr. Brent Henze (

Choose one research methods course from the following (3 s.h.)

ENGL 6009 Research Methods in Language Study
ENGL 6702 Research Methods in Technical and Professional Communication
ENGL 6805 Research: The Writer's Perspective
ENGL 7005 Bibliography & Methods
ENGL 7601 Research Design in Rhetoric and Composition

Required course (3 s.h.)
ENGL 7702 Research Design in Technical and Professional Communication

Select five courses from the following (15 s.h.)
ENGL 6700 Technical Editing and Production
ENGL 6702 Research Methods in Technical and Professional Communication
ENGL 6715 Technical Writing
ENGL 6721 Copyediting in Professional Communication
ENGL 6725 Directed Readings in Technical and Professional Writing
ENGL 6740 Internship in Technical and Professional Communication
ENGL 6741 Internship in Technical and Professional Communication

ENGL 7705 Ethical Issues in Professional Communication
ENGL 7710 Professional Communication
ENGL 7712 Grant and Proposal Writing
ENGL 7716 Classics in Scientific and Technical Literature
ENGL 7721 Managing Editing and Publication Processes
ENGL 7730 Issues in Technical Communication
ENGL 7745 Teaching Professional Communication
ENGL 7746 Training in Professional Communication
ENGL 7750 Writing Public Science
ENGL 7765 Technical and Professional Communication*
ENGL 7766 Special Studies Seminars in Communication and Emerging Technologies**
ENGL 7780 Theory of Professional Communication
ENGL 7785
History of Professional Communication
ENGL 7790 Public Interest Writing

 *ENGL 7765 may be completed or a maximum of 9 s.h. with different topics.
 **ENGL 7766 may be completed up to two times with different topics.

Electives (6 s.h.)
English courses outside the concentration or from another department.
Note: Students wishing to receive a graduate teaching assistantship must complete ENGL 6625 Teaching Composition: Theory and Practice.

Thesis or Comprehensive Assessment Project Requirement (6 s.h.)
A thesis, demonstrating the student's ability to gather, arrange, and interpret material which bears on a particular problem (6 s.h.), or a Comprehensive Assessment Project (CAP) with additional coursework in English (6 s.h.).

Note: Up to 9 hours of non-degree courses may be counted automatically; 6 additional hours may be counted (for a total of 15 hours) for students officially in the Certificate in Professional Communication with approval. Transfer courses will be considered in accordance with the ECU Graduate School transfer credit policy.