Bachelor of Science in Communication: Professional and Technical Communication (PTC)

Students earning the communication degree specialize in one of four areas: general communication, journalism of science (JS), journalism of technology and business (JTB), or professional and technical communication (PTC). All COM majors take coursework in editing, persuasion, communication law and ethics, and science and technology in society. PTC specialists add courses in document design, graphic and/or web design, linguistics, art and architectural history, and more. 

Required Courses

Communication Requirements (9)
COM 371Persuasion3
COM 377Communication Law and Ethics3
COM 425Editing3
Portfolio
Professional and Technical Communication Requirements (9)
COM 421Technical Communication3
COM 424Document Design3
COM 428Verbal and Visual Communication3
Sequences (18)
Select one of the following graphics sequences:9
WebCom9
WebCom Sequence Option 1:
Standards-Based Web Design3
Web Application Development3
App Programming Interfaces3
WebCom Sequence Option 2:
Fundamentals of Web Development3
Human-Computer Interaction and Web Design3
Web Site Application Development3
Rich Internet Applications
Engineering Graphics
Engineering Graphics for Non-Engineers3
Advanced Engineering Graphics for Non-Engineers3
Computer Graphics for Non-Engineers3
Science and Technology in Society (STS) Elective (6)
Select six credit hours6
Professional and Technical Communication (PTC) Electives (9)
Select nine credit hours9
PTC/STS Elective (3)
Select three credit hours3
Art and Architectural History (AAH) Elective (3)
Select three credit hours3
Linguistics Elective (3)
Select three credit hours3
Mathematics Requirements (5)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section D5
Natural Science and Engineering Requirements (11)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section D11
Computer Science Requirements (2)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section D2
Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements (21)
See IIT Core Curriculum, sections B and C21
Introduction to the Profession (3)
Select three credit hours3
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) (6)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section E6
Minor Electives (15)
Recommended minors include: Business, Entrepreneurship, Psychology, Sociology.15
Free Electives (12)
Select 12 credit hours12
Total Credit Hours135
 

Bachelor of Science in Communication: Professional and Technical Communication (PTC) Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
Introduction to the Profession3CS 105 or 1102
MATH 1303BIOL 114
BIOL 117
4
BIOL 105
BIOL 109
4Linguistics Elective3
Humanities 200-level Course3Humanities Elective (300+)3
Social Sciences Elective3Free Elective3
 16 15
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
COM 3773COM 3713
COM 4213Minor Elective3
COM 4243STS Elective3
PHYS 211 or CHEM 1223Humanities Elective (300+)3
AAH Elective3Free Elective3
Social Sciences Elective3 
 18 15
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
WebCom Course I3COM 4253
IPRO Elective I3MATH 4253
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective3WebCom Course II3
Minor Elective3PTC Elective3
Free Elective3Minor Elective3
Social Sciences Elective (300+)3 
 18 15
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
WebCom Course III3COM 4283
STS Elective3Minor Elective3
IPRO Elective II3PTC Elective3
Minor Elective3STS/PTC Elective3
PTC Elective3Free Elective3
 15 15
Total Credit Hours: 127