Why study technical and professional writing?
UTEP’s online TPW Certificate Program will educate graduate students and professionals in the art of writing, and it will also emphasize a broader understanding of critical thinking and production with new media and communication technologies. Students will be trained to write for a variety of audiences such as technicians, field specialists, corporate executives, legislators, and military personnel.
In particular, the program’s focus on technical and professional writing, digital communication, and community engagement in intercultural contexts helps to prepare students to make significant contributions to their communities and professions.
The TPW certificate also addresses the following RWS student success outcomes:
1. Students will be able to situate themselves within current rhetorical theories, demonstrate appropriate disciplinary knowledge, and will have practical experience writing in the workplace.
2. Students will be able to choose an audience and analyze the rhetorical situation for a variety of professional and technical writing formats.
3. Students will be able to evaluate and use appropriate software, analyze and design documents, and gather and think critically about electronic research.
4. After completing the certificate, students will be employed in workplace settings appropriate to their professional expertise.