Technical Writing and Public Speaking Cognate
The cognate in Technical Writing and Public Speaking (TWPS) offers students intensive instruction in oral and written communication as important means of addressing technical, professional, or practical problems whose solution requires others' cooperation. Students learn practical precepts for analyzing those "communication situations" and for making informed, strategic decisions when composing oral and written responses in response to them. Students also undergo extensive practice creating standard and, thus, widely applicable forms of spoken and written communication. All students acquire a foundation in effective expression by taking introductory courses in public speaking and in professional and technical writing. Students then build upon that foundation and complete the cognate with one advanced course in either public speaking or in professional and technical writing. This cognate is attractive to students who recognize that effective expression is valued in nearly any field of endeavor they are likely to pursue in their post-graduate lives.
TWPS toolbox cognate (three four-credit courses)
Two introductory courses:
CMN 500 - Public Speaking
Performance course buttressed by practical theories of public discourse. Focus on analysis of speaking situations and audiences, message construction, presentation, and critical evaluation. Does not count towards the CMN major.
ENGL 502 - Professional and Technical Writing
A writing course introducing students to the effective communication of technical information through various workplace documents including resumes, memos, business letters, reports, brochures, etc. Special emphasis on an introduction to professional conventions and genres and to the transferable skills of rhetorical and audience analysis, document design and collaborative work. Special fee. Writing intensive.
One advanced course:
CMN 600 - Public Speaking as a Civic Art
Performance course buttressed by the traditional civic art of rhetoric. Focuses on analysis of speaking situations and audiences, message construction, presentation, and critical evaluation using major precepts of rhetorical theory. Theoretical and critical issues in the context of rhetorical practices. Prereq for CMN majors: CMN 455, 456, 457, and 500-level courses, or permission; prereq for non-majors: junior or senior standing. Writing intensive.
ENGL 602 - Advanced Professional and Technical Writing
An advanced writing course focusing on writing in a global and technological workplace. In addition to fluency in the documents of the workplace, students focus on visual rhetoric in a technological environment through web design and usability while studying the issues of globalism, ethics, and the environment that affect all professional writing today. Writing intensive.