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Technical Communications (AATCD)

Associate in Arts Degree


In this program, students explore the technical communication process in detail and develop skills in audience analysis, project management, technical writing and editing, document design and usability testing. Using the Adobe Technical Communication Suite, students prepare documents for both online and print delivery, learn how to conduct a formal job search, and create professional portfolios to showcase their skills in technical communication.

The Technical Communication Associate in Arts degree is designed for students transferring to a four-year university and seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree. The General Education requirements fulfill both Washtenaw Community College's requirements and the MACRAO Transfer requirements.


Eastern Michigan University, BA or BS degree;
Madonna University, BA degree.

Copies can be obtained from the Counseling Office, a program advisor, or from the Curriculum and Assessment Office Web site: www.wccnet. edu/departments/curriculum/articulation.php?levelone=colleges.

Admissions Requirements

Students must demonstrate basic computer literacy or complete the WCC Computer Literacy Requirement prior to entering the program.

Students must have an Academic Math Level of 3 to enroll in MTH 160 or MTH 169. One year of high school algebra with a "C" or better is recommended.

Contact Information

Humanities, Social & Behav Sci
English/Writing Dept
Lisa Veasey


(Items marked in orange are available online.)
First Semester
Class Title Credits
COM 101 Fundamentals of Speaking 3
ENG 111 Composition I 4
MTH 160, MTH 169 or higher level math course 4
Elective(s) Computer and Information Literacy 3
Elective(s) Arts and Humanities * 3
Total 17
Second Semester
Class Title Credits
ENG 107 Technical Writing I 3
ENG 226 Composition II 3
GDT Elective Select one course from the following: GDT 105, GDT 106, GDT 107, GDT 108 3
Elective(s) Natural Sciences * 4
Elective(s) Social and Behavioral Science * 3
Total 16
Third Semester
Class Title Credits
ENG 208 Technical Writing II 3
Elective(s) Arts and Humanities * 3
Restricted Elective(s) ** 3
INP Elective Select one course from the following: INP 140, INP 150, INP 153 3
Elective(s) Social and Behavioral Science * 3
Total 15
Fourth Semester
Class Title Credits
Restricted Elective(s) ** 4
ENG 209 Technical Writing III 3
ENG 218 Technical Writing IV 3
ENG 245 Job Search Success Seminar 2
Total 12
Total Credits Required


*If your course(s) exceeds the recommended credit hours, you will need to reduce the number of credits in the restricted electives. Students who plan to transfer to a 4-year university are encouraged to meet with the Technical Communication program advisor to select appropriate general education courses.
**Students must meet with the Technical Communication program advisor to select additional elective courses.

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