|Why TC at NMT|
For nearly 25 years, New Mexico Tech has offered a Bachelor's of Science degree in Technical Communication. With its strong scientific and technical emphasis, New Mexico Tech is ideally suited for this program which teaches students to apply principles of communication and problem solving in order to transfer information effectively between scientists, engineers, managers, technicians, and the general public. Our program is one of only a handful of Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication programs in the entire west and one of approximately 20 nationwide.
With its emphasis on basic sciences, New Mexico Tech's program has unique strengths. Unlike students in other technical communication programs, students at New Mexico Tech must take the same basic core of math and science required of New Mexico Tech's science and engineering majors. In addition, our students are required to complete 12 additional hours of coursework in a scientific or engineering discipline. This requirement ensures that graduates from the program have a solid foundation in a technical or scientific field, and it allows them to communicate effectively with specialists.
Graduates from our program enter the workforce with actual experience in their fields. Our program requires students to complete a professional internship, and often we integrate real-world client-based projects in our TC courses. As a result, we are proud to say that our students have historically enjoyed a high rate of success when searching for employment after graduation.
Another strength of the TC program at NMT is the Corporate Advisory Board, which is composed of practicing and professional technical communicators. These advisors help ensure that what students learn in their courses will be needed and used in practice. Once a year, the Corporate Advisory Board convenes on campus to provide input and help steer the program. Members also attend classes and meet with students individually to provide feedback about student projects.
Classes in the TC program are traditionally geared towards teaching students basic and advanced knowledge in technical communication and in applying that knowledge in various practicums--either through class or client-based projects. Students get hands on experience in a variety of currently used technologies and tools, and use them to create a wealth of real-world products (like this website).