Technical Writing Concentration (MA)

The technical writing concentration in UA Little Rock’s MA program focuses on writing for business, industry, government, the sciences, and the nonprofit sector. Technical writers specialize in researching, organizing, and presenting complex information in reader-friendly documents, both in print and online. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, technical writing as a field is growing faster than average, and job opportunities in this area are project to continue increasing for at least the next 7 years.

Courses that count toward the technical writing concentration include

  • RHET 5304 Technical Style and Editing
  • RHET 5305 Document Design
  • RHET 5306 Writing for Business and Government
  • RHET 5307 Writing Software Documentation
  • RHET 5322 Advanced Editing
  • RHET 5323 Production for Editors
  • RHET 5325 Legal Writing
  • RHET 5346 Topics in Technical Communication*
  • RHET 5371 Writing on the Web
  • RHET 5372 Usability Testing and Design
  • RHET 5375 Grant Writing
  • RHET 7313 Theory of Technical Communication
  • RHET 7320 Working with Writers
  • RHET 7372 Multimedia in Online Writing Instruction
  • RHET 7150, 7250, 7350 Independent Study
  • RHET 7360 Internship/Practicum (an internship for a company, nonprofit, or government organization)

*Topics courses currently taught in this area include Indexing, Writing Video Games, Digital Narrative, and Writing for Workplace Social Media.

In addition, nonfiction and persuasive writing courses may be used in this concentration when the topic has a technology emphasis.