Professional and Technical Communication

Undergraduate Major

Professional and Technical Communication (PTC) students learn to think, write, and speak carefully and critically. They acquire research skills and become familiar with the main theoretical paradigms that shape PTC as an academic discipline and a professional practice. The program produces ethical, critical graduates who can effectively assess audience and purpose, navigate the composing process, write in a variety of genres, and work with the full range of writing tools available today. As students progress through the program, they gain competence in skillfully creating digital, visual, and print-based documents for diverse purposes and audiences. 


The College of Arts and Sciences offers a B.A. in Professional and Technical Communication on the St. Petersburg campus. 
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Professtional and Technical Communication AT USF ST. PETERSBURG 

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Designed to meet the needs of active professionals as well as traditional on-campus students, the PTC degree program is available online.  Drawing on the benefits of a multi-campus department, students on the St. Petersburg campus can take a range of classes, work closely with faculty, join the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta, pursue internships, and work with non-profit clients in the local community.

The PTC major prepares students to work as innovative professional communicators in many fields. PTC students can look forward to careers in social media, content strategy, government, business, medicine, publishing, editing, technical writing, grant writing, advertising, teaching, and more! 


Always refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for degree requirements. Students will normally begin progress toward the major by taking at least one course from the major core, as these often serve as prerequisites for the electives. Students are urged to consult with the English advisor to create the most beneficial set of courses.


For questions about this program, contact an Academic Advisor.