Courses in Advanced Communication
Advanced communication courses are upper-level courses that emphasize written, oral, visual, and electronic communication. They include (but are not limited to) English 302, 309, 314, 415, and 416.
English 302: Business Communication
The class that helps you get stuff. English 302 commonly has as its audience students from the College of Business (Finance, Marketing, Logistics, Accounting, and Management majors) and from departments such as Agricultural Business, Textiles and Clothing, and Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management. English 302 traditionally emphasizes such documents as memos, letters, brochures, short proposals and reports, and websites—with a focus on customer-oriented, managerial, and employment-related writing.
English 309: Proposal and Report Writing
The class that helps you ask for stuff. English 309 is a course that focuses on writing proposals and reports. You can expect to research methods, analyze readers, design layouts, and study drafting and revision procedures. “Just about everyone working in organizations needs at one time or another to write proposals and reports,” says Freed.
English 314: Technical Communication
Communicating in the workplace rather than for the classroom. English 314 generally has as its audience students from the College of Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Industrial, and Chemical Engineering majors) and from departments such as Computer Science, Economics, Agronomy, Forestry, and Animal Ecology. English 314 traditionally emphasizes such documents as instructional and procedural manuals, proposals, short and long reports, and websites—with a focus on technically oriented and disciplinary communication for both expert and lay audiences.
English 415: Business and Technical Editing
The class that gets at the nitty-gritty of editing. English 415 teaches you editing journal articles, research reports, technical manuals, newsletters, and proposals. Special attention is paid to editorial levels and styles, project management, editor-author relationships, and electronic editing.
English 416: Visual Aspects of Business and Technical Communication
The class that looks at visuals and design. English 416 introduces you to the rhetoric of visual elements in business and technical communication. You will learn about the issues in the design of text, charts, graphs, diagrams, schematics, illustrations, and other visual displays.