ASU technical communication

Last Updated on January 17, 2023

Technical Communication (BS)

Technical communication is applied workplace communication that makes technical or specialized information understandable and available to many different users. It involves using a range of technologies to craft an ever-expanding array of print and digital information products: websites, social media sites, help files, training materials, grants and proposals, and information graphics, to name just a few. Technical communicators work in many professional roles, such as information developers, grant writers, Web interface designers or usability experts. What all of these roles have in common is the focus on creating accessible and appealing communication that has a practical purpose and is intended for a particular audience. In the technical communication program, students learn how to write, design, produce and manage print and digital information using traditional and developing technologies.

The BS degree program in technical communication in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts is the only undergraduate technical communication degree program available in the state of Arizona.

Those interested in the technical communication online program may visit the ASU Online website for more information.Request informationSchedule a visitHow and when to apply

Degree offered

Technical Communication (BS)
Integrative Sciences and Arts, College of


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Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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WUE eligible program
Undergraduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.

Financial Aid
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.

Career outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that job growth in technical writing and related areas will continue to be significantly higher than average during the next five years. Software and electronics companies, media corporations, financial institutions, government agencies, nonprofits and other areas will see an increased demand for writers. Students in the program prepare for careers as:

  • communications teachers (postsecondary)
  • computer user support specialists
  • copy writers
  • desktop publishers
  • editors
  • media and communication workers
  • proofreaders and copy markers
  • public relations specialists
  • technical writers
  • Web developers

What is technical communication?

Technical communication focuses on making detailed information more accessible and effective. Professionals in the field tailor their work to their audience by considering factors like prior familiarity, related experience and level of education. They produce a wide variety of materials, including:

  • Grants and proposals.
  • Information graphics.
  • Instruction manuals.
  • Social media content.
  • Software self-help guides.
  • Training programs.
  • Websites.

Technical communication is a broad field that includes multiple types of content creation and communication. In addition to writing and editing, technical communication can include visual design, front-end web development, usability testing, user experience and many other related tasks.

Why earn a Bachelor of Science in technical communication?

A technical communication degree offers two foundational benefits:

  • An emphasis on helping others understand valuable information.
  • Communication knowledge and abilities that are useful across the economy.

Technical communication bridges the gap between dense, detailed data and actionable information. Technical writers and those in similar roles are problem-solvers. They develop guidance and offer context to make their offerings useful.Read more

Featured technical communication degree courses

This program offers an applied focus, hands-on learning and small class sizes. You will develop an understanding of the concepts driving technical communication while building your talents and practical knowledge. Courses include:View full major map

TWC 301: Fundamentals of Writing for Digital Media (L)

TWC 431: Principles of Technical Editing

TWC 411: Principles of Visual Communication (L)

TWC 490: Capstone

TWC 401: Fundamentals of Technical Communication (L)

TWC 421: Principles of Web Authoring (L)

What can I do with a technical communication degree?

Technical communicators work in fields ranging from information design to social media marketing. You might build expertise with multiple audiences within a specific field or across an industry. Work opportunities are available in the public and private sectors. Career examples include, but are not limited to:

Communications Specialist

Growth: -2.3 %Salary: $67,120

Document Management Specialist

Growth: 5.7 %Salary: $92,870


Growth: -7.3 %Salary: $63,400

Graphic Artist

Growth: -19.0 %Salary: $47,560

Instructional Specialist

Growth: 5.9 %Salary: $66,970

SEO Specialist

Growth: 17.7 %Salary: $65,810

Technical Writer

Growth: 7.4 %Salary: $74,650

Web Developer

Growth: %Salary:

Educators committed to interdisciplinary teaching, learning and discovery

Faculty in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts are deeply committed to exploration in their fields of work. Many of our faculty and staff are recognized both nationally and internationally for their achievements.

  • American Educational Research Association fellows.
  • American Psychological Association fellows.
  • Fulbright scholars.
  • Numerous achievement awards in fields from psychology to writing.

Technical communication degree admission requirements

I am a future

freshman student You are considered a freshman for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).1. Review competency requirements

Freshman applicants who possess a high school diploma and meet the following requirements will be admitted to ASU.

  • 4 years math.
  • 4 years English (non-ESL/ELL courses).
  • 3 years lab sciences (1 year each from biology, chemistry, earth science, integrated sciences or physics).
  • 2 years social sciences (including 1 year American history).
  • 2 years same second language
  • 1 year fine arts or 1 year career and technical education.

Note: Some colleges within ASU have higher competency requirements than the general university admission standards.2. Review other admission requirements

Applicants must also meet at least one of the following:

  • Top 25% in high school graduating class.
  • 3.00 GPA in competency courses (4.00 = A).
  • ACT score of 22 for Arizona residents (24 nonresidents)* or SAT Reasoning score of 1120 for Arizona residents (1180 nonresidents)*.

3. Complete online application

You’re almost there! Complete the undergraduate admission application online. You will be required to submit a nonrefundable application fee.

  • $70: ASU Online programs.

4. File your FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can help you find federal student aid. Submit the FAFSA online. ASU’s Federal School Code is 001081.

FAFSA year:

Depending on when you start classes, you may need to complete one or two FAFSAs. Explore this page to determine which FAFSA you need to complete.

Learn more about ASU Online financial aid services and scholarship opportunities.5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Request your ACT or SAT scores be sent directly to ASU from ACT or from the College Board, for SAT scores.

ACT or SAT scores are required for merit scholarship consideration and for ASU course placement.

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