The Professional and Technical Writing program is designed to prepare students to communicate clearly and effectively using a variety of tools and media. Students gain competencies that include writing, editing, problem solving, document design, rhetoric, interpersonal communication, collaboration, specialized expertise, and fluency in modern communication technologies. Students learn how to translate complex, industry-specific information into lay terminology or another industry-specific discourse. This program has three components: (1) general education core courses, (2) required courses in the major, and (3) an area of specialization. Students in this interdisciplinary degree program gain strong communication skills and a solid knowledge base through specialization in a content area, namely, a professional, scientific, or technical discipline. In order to meet the needs of the growing marketplace, the program allows students to look across disciplinary boundaries and bring together information and skills from a variety of fields into a new base for learning, designing, and writing. The structure of this degree ensures that students who graduate from this program (a) master industry standard applications for professional and technical writing and related technologies, (b) acquire expertise in a professional studies-related, science-related, or technology-related discipline that will give them an edge in the marketplace, and (c) enter a rapidly shifting workplace prepared to negotiate new forms of media with sophistication and confidence. The program provides students with both a hands-on experience using a range of tools as well as an understanding of the theories underlying the use of those tools. Graduates master industry standards for both professional and technical writing, as well as related technologies.