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Professional & Technical Writing

About Professional & Technical Writing

Writing demands so much more than typing words onto pages and screens. Writers create books, manuals, and magazines, as they always have. But they also design websites, social media campaigns, instructional videos, museum displays, and more. If you see something that brings together text, images, video, and sound, then a writer might be behind it. Professional and technical writers solve complex problems in creative and innovative ways. Writers learn to make designs more effective and inclusive by studying people as they use information. At SVSU, you’ll learn to harness communication technologies and research strategies to drive your expertise in information design. You will develop knowledge essential to just about every industry and working environment you might imagine. Writing today is high tech, multifaceted, and challenging. But there is a payoff. PTW grads enjoy excellent career opportunities in and beyond Michigan.

Cardinal Points

  • One of only two usability research labs in Michigan, with specialized tools and technologies for design testing and rapid prototyping.

  • The PTW Recording Studio equipped with professional-grade audio recording equipment for podcasting and voiceover recordings.

  • Five full-time faculty members expertise spanning usability studies, inclusive design, web design, ethics, classical rhetoric, intercultural communication, and multimedia production.

  • All PTW students complete internships as part of their degrees.

  • SVSU grads work in challenging environments such as Bloomsbury Publishing, Dow Chemical Co., Oracle, and Ford Motor Company. They study at top graduate programs such as the University of Michigan, Michigan Technological University, Auburn, and Texas Tech.

The Professional & Technical Writing program at SVSU balances practice and theory in your study of information design. You’ll learn ethical, inclusive strategies for writing, editing, design, usability research, problem analysis, and project management. You’ll implement professional-grade communication technology into a creative process that integrates language, sound, images, video, and interactivity. You’ll study with knowledgeable, experienced professors who strive to help you succeed and reach your goals. If you like creating, or like helping others, or have an interest in writing, design, communication, or web development, this field is for you. SVSU’s PTW program offers you community connections and engaging projects as you pursue your degree.

Core Courses

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Year 4

Key Electives

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Beyond The Books

  • 11%: projected growth for employment of technical writers with a Bachelor’s degree through 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $70,930: the median yearly pay for technical writers in the U.S. in 2017. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Our Students After Graduation...

Recent Employers

Dow Chemical
Oracle
State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Ford Motor Company
The Tweddle Group

Recent Graduate Programs

University of Michigan
Michigan Technological University
Eastern Michigan University
Auburn University
Louisville University
Texas Tech University

Career Opportunities

Technical Communicator
User Experience Designer
Project Manager
Information Designer
Media Production Specialist
Editor, Social Media Coordinator

Cardinal Successes

The stories below offer insight into how our students have turned their SVSU education into successful opportunities yielding real-world success.

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