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Higher education commission approves new technical communication degree at IUPUI

David Russomanno
David Russomanno

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November 13, 2012

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Commission for Higher Education approved the establishment of a Bachelor of Science in technical communication degree program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis on Nov. 9.

The new degree, offered through the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI, is the state's first degree to offer an education in technical communication through a Bachelor of Science rather than a Bachelor of Arts degree program. Earning the degree prepares students to effectively communicate technical knowledge through curricular experiences that are integrated with the engineering and technology programs.

“The new degree builds upon an existing technical communication certificate program at IUPUI and will draw on existing courses from several academic programs on the campus in order to provide enriching interdisciplinary experiences for students,” said David Russomanno, dean of the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. “The program responds to the needs of science, technology, engineering and mathematics employers by embedding the rigor of the project-based engineering and technology programs into the curriculum.”

The technical communication bachelor's degree is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of job positions in technical and scientific communication, including technical editor, documentation specialist, grant writer, information architect, media designer/developer, medical writer/editor, project coordinator, training developer, web designer and more. Technical communicators create necessary resources such as user manuals, online help, websites and other materials that make complex technology knowledge easily understood by a wide variety of audiences and users.

According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, opportunities for technical communicators or writers, with an average salary of $63,280 annually, are predicted to grow 17 percent between 2010 and 2020, showing a strong demand for the degree.

The new degree program will begin enrolling students in fall 2013. More information about the degree can be found on the School of Engineering and Technology website or by contacting Corinne Renguette at crenguet@iupui.edu.