Undergraduate Certificate in Technical Communication

The Certificate in Technical Communication at Boise State is intended primarily for those students who do not wish to become professional technical communicators, but who wish to improve their writing and editing skills.

The certificate consists of three required courses and two courses chosen from a list of electives. A large selection of electives enables students to focus their certificate program on their interests or passions.

Note: The following requirements are effective as of Fall 2018 (for students using the 2018-2019 catalog and later). For students using the 2017-2018 catalog or earlier, please contact your advisor for more information.

Course Requirements (14 cr)

Required Courses

ENGL 202 Introduction to Technical Communication (3 cr)

ENGL 403 Editing for Clear Communication (3 cr)

ENGL 415 Technical Documentation and Usability (3 cr)

Electives (5-6 cr)

COMM 221 Interpersonal Communication

COMM 231 Public Speaking

COMM 307 Interviewing

COMM 356 Communication in the Small Group

COMM 361 Organizational Communication

COMM 481 Studies in Interpersonal Communication

ENGL 408 Writing for Nonprofits and Social Media

ENGL 416 User-Centered Design Principles

ENGL 493 Internship

GENBUS 360 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

GIMM 100 Digital Tools for Interactivity

GIMM 110 Interactive Programming

GIMM 200 Visual Storytelling

GIMM 250 Interactive Storytelling

HRM 305 Human Resource Management

ITM 310 Business Intelligence

LING 305 Introduction to Language Studies

MGMT 301 Leadership Skills

MGMT 401 Organizational Behavior

MGMT 405 Management of Continuous Learning

MKTG 407 Marketing Communication

NONPROF 240 Introduction to Nonprofit Management

NONPROF 450 Volunteer Management and the Nonprofit

SOC 390 Conflict Management

SOC 487 Organizational Theory and Bureaucratic Structure

Application and Admission

There are no application and admission requirements. However, you must fulfill the prerequisites of each course you choose.

To obtain a certificate you must:

  • have already completed or complete, at the same time as the certificate, an associate or baccalaureate degree
  • complete the number of credits specified for your program
  • attain a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0
  • attain a grade of C- or higher in all upper-division courses required by the certificate, unless otherwise required by department
  • not have a grade of I (incomplete) on your record
  • complete graduation application by posted deadline

You may apply for graduation by logging on to your my.BoiseState student account. You must pay a non-refundable graduation application fee when applying.