Approved Electives

The M.S. program provides considerable flexibility to students who wish to design their own curriculum. Outside of the program's five required courses, students take six elective courses, which can be chosen to fit a certain specialty or interest, or can be taken from a variety of disciplines.

Below are examples of representative course clusters. Students can work with their M.S. advisor to develop their own cluster, choosing from among the entire list of elective courses. New courses are added every semester; if you see one you wish to take, consult with your M.S. advisor to ensure that it meets program requirements. M.S. students may take up to two 400-level courses in other departments.

Examine the current Graduate Catalog or MyPack Portal listing for prerequisites to these courses. Some prerequisites may be waived by departments or instructors; discuss your interests with the course instructor and your advisor before registering. Some Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) courses at the 400 and 500 level may be suitable, as may offerings for the Masters of Art in Liberal Studies (MLS) program; these may vary from semester to semester.

Approved Electives are presented below by Elective Cluster and alphabetically. View the following Elective Clusters:

Web Site Design and Development

Environmental Communication

Health/Medical Communication

Training and Development

Organizational Information Systems

Agricultural Communication

or select the first letter of the course number.

[A] [B] [C] [E] [F] [G] [H] [I] [P] [S]



Suggested Elective Clusters for MS Students in Technical Communication with Particular Interests

Web Site Design and Development

BUS 504

Technology, Law, and the Internet

COM 487Internet and Society
CSC 454, 554Human-computer Interaction
CSC 461Computer Graphics
CSC 467Multimedia Technology
CSC 516E-Commerce Practicum
EAC 595WWeb-based Training
ECG 514Economics of Information Goods
ENG 508Usability Studies for Technical Communication
ENG 519Online Information Design and Evaluation
IE 452Ergonomics
IE(PSY) 740Human Factors in System Design
IE(PSY) 745Human Performance
PSY 710iComputer Interface Prototyping and Development


Other courses in several UNC-CH departments may be appropriate;
see Inter-institutional Registration.



Environmental Communication

COM 566

Seminar in Crisis Communication

ECG 515

Environmental and Resource Policy

ECG 715

Environmental And Resource Economics

ENG 520Science Writing for the Media
ENG 583Seminar on Communication in Health and Environmental Sciences
ET 450Environmental Regulation
ET 460Practice of Environmental Technology

FOR 584

Practice or Environmental Impact Assessment

NR 571Current Issues in Natural Research Policy

PA 550

Environmental Policy

PA 640

Grant Writing

PA 721Environmental Administration
SOC 450Environmental Sociology

SOC 513

Community Organization and Development

SOC 762Urban Ecology


Other courses in the UNC-CH School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Sciences
and Engineering may be appropriate; see Inter-institutional Registration.



Health/Medical Communication

ECG 537

Health Economics

ENG 520Science Writing for the Media
ENG 583Gender and Medicine
ENG 583Seminar on Communication in Health and Environmental Sciences

EOE 532

Health Care Delivery Systems and Environments

PA 511

Public Policy Analysis

SOC 505

Medical Sociology

SOC 744Health Behavior and Interventions


Other courses in education, public policy, or sociology may be appropriate;
Inter-institutional Registration in courses at the UNC-CH School of Public Health,
Department of Health Policy and Administration and Department of Health Behavior
and Health Education, may also be appropriate.



Training and Development

EAC 559

The Adult Learner

EAC 580Designing Instructional Systems in Training and Development
EAC 581Advanced Instructional Design in Training and Development

EAC 582

Organization and Operation of Training and Development Programs

EAC 583

Needs Assessment and Task Analysis in Training and Development

EAC 584Evaluating Training Transfer and Effectiveness
EAC 585Integrating Technology into Training Programs
EAC 586Methods and Techniques of Training and Development
EAC 595WWeb-based Training
ECI 501Computer Applications in Instruction

ECI 548

Development of Microcomputer Software for Instruction

ECI 653

Effective Teaching

ECI 716Design and Evaluation of Instructional Materials

PSY 768

Organizational Psychology



Organizational Information Systems

CSC 423

Information Resources Management

ECE 792IInformation Theory

IE 725

Organizational Planning and Control

PA 525

Organization Design

PA 540

Computer Applications in Public Affairs

PA 542

Public Information Technology

PA 514

Management Systems

PSY 764Survey if Industrial/Organizational Psychology

PSY 768

Organizational Psychology

PSY 770

Organization Development and Change

SOC 410, 610Sociology of Organizations

SOC 752

Work and Industry



Agricultural Communication

AC 470

Agricultural Communication

AC 570

Special Topics in Agricultural Communication

SOC 513

Community Organization and Development

SOC 756

Sociological Analysis of Agricultural Development

SOC 757

Sociology of U.S. Agriculture

SOC 758Rural Sociology




Alphabetical Listing of Approved Electives for the Technical Communication Program

- A -

AC 470

Agricultural Communication

AC 570

Special Topics in Agricultural Communication



- B -

BUS 462

Marketing Research

BUS 465

Advertising and Promotion Management

BUS 480

Business Policy and Strategy

BUS 504Technology, Law, and the Internet
BUS 510Managing the Digital Enterprise
BUS 530Managing People in the High Tech Environment
BUS 540Information Technology for Managers

BUS 543

DataBase Management

BUS 560

Marketing Management and Strategy

BUS 562Research Methods in Marketing
BUS 564

Project Management

BUS 565Product Design and Development
BUS 574Management of Technology
BUS 576Technology Evaluation and Commercialization Concepts
- C -
COM 402Advanced Group Communication
COM 411Rhetorical Criticism

COM 421

Communication Law

COM 441

Ethical Issues in Communication

COM 442Communication and Conflict Management

COM 446

Problems in Public Relations

COM 454

Portable Video Practicum

COM 456Organizational Communication

COM 462

Cross-Cultural Communication

COM 476Public Relations Applications
COM 486Communication Research Methods
COM 487Internet and Society
COM 522Critical Approaches to Organizational Communication
COM 523International and Intercultural Communication
COM 527Seminar in Organizational Conflict Management
COM 528Communication Culture and Technology
COM 541Quantitative Research Methods in Applied Communication
COM 542Qualitative Research Methods in Applied Communication
COM 556Seminar in Organizational Communication

COM 561

Human Communication Theory

COM 566

Seminar in Crisis Communication



CSC 423

Information Resources Management

CSC 442

Introduction to Simulation

CSC 451

Operating Systems

CSC 454Human-Computer Interaction

CSC 461

Computer Graphics

CSC 467Multimedia Technology

CSC 471

Programming Environments

CSC 501

Operating Systems Principles

CSC 502

Computational Linguistics

CSC 510Software Engineering

CSC 511

Artificial Intelligence I

CSC 516

E-Commerce Practicum

CSC 554Human-Computer Interaction


- E -

EC 432

Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights

EC 401

Economic Analysis for Nonmajors

EC 448

International Trade



EAC 559

The Adult Learner

EAC 540

Extension in Developing Countries

EAC 580Designing Instructional Systems in Training and Development
EAC 581Advanced Instructional Design in Training and Development

EAC 582

Organization and Operation of Training and Development Programs

EAC 583Needs Assessment and Task Analysis in Training and Development
EAC 584Evaluating Training Transfer and Effectiveness

EAC 585

Integrating Technology into Training Programs

EAC 586

Methods and Techniques of Training and Development

EAC 595WWeb-based Training


ECG 512

Law and Economics

ECG 514Economics of Information Goods

ECG 515

Environmental and Resource Policy

ECG 537

Health Economics

ECG 715Environmental and Resource Economics


ECE 792I

Information Theory



ECI 501

Computer Applications in Instruction

ECI 548

Development of Microcomputer Software for Instruction

ECI 648

Theory and Process in Reading and Language Arts

ECI 653

Effective Teaching

ECI 716Design and Evaluation of Instructional Materials


ENG 508Usability Studies for Technical Communication

ENG 513

Empirical Research Methods in Composition

ENG 516Rhetorical Criticism: Theory and Practice

ENG 519

Online Information Design and Evaluation

ENG 520Science Writing for the Media

ENG 524

Introduction to Linguistics

ENG 525Variety in Language
ENG 527Discourse Analysis
ENG 583Gender and Medicine
ENG 583Seminar on Communication in Health and Environmental Sciences


ET 450Environmental Regulation
ET 460Practice of Environmental Technology


EOE 532

Health Care Delivery Systems and Environments



- F -
FOR 577Conservation and Sustainable Development I: Concepts and Methods
FOR 578Conservation and Sustainable Development II: Concepts and Methods

FOR(MDS) 584

Practice of Environmental Impact Assessment



- G -
GC 410Concepts of Desktop Publishing
GC 420Visual Thinking


GD 400

Advanced Graphic Design Studio

GD 415

Microcomputers in Graphic Design

GD 417, 517

Typography II

GD 518

Advanced Typographic Expression



- H -

HI 580

Scientific Revolution

HI 581

History of Life Sciences

HI 582

Darwinism in Science and Theory



- I -

IE 452

Ergonomics

IE 546

Management Decision and Control Systems

IE 725Organizational Planning and Control

IE(PSY) 740

Human Factors in System Design

IE(PSY) 745

Human Performance



- N -
NR 571Current Issues in Natural Resource Policy


- P -

PA 511

Public Policy Analysis

PA 512The Budgetary Process

PA 513

Public Organization Behavior

PA 514Management Systems

PA 525

Organization Design

PA 540Computer Applications in Public Affairs
PA 542Public Information Technology

PA 550

Environmental Policy

PA 640Grant Writing
PA 721Environmental Administration


PS 502The Legislative Process


PSY 410Learning and Motivation
PSY 420Cognitive Processes
PSY 425Introduction to Cognitive Science

PSY 500

Visual Perception

PSY 508Cognitive Processes

PSY 511

Advanced Social Psychology

PSY 520

Cognitive Processes

PSY 525Introduction to Cognitive Science
PSY 704Learning and Motivation

PSY(IE) 740

Human Factors in Systems Design

PSY 743

Ergonomic Performance Assessment

PSY 744Human Information Processing

PSY(IE) 745

Human Performance

PSY 757Innovation and Technology

PSY 764

Survey of Industrial/Organizational Psychology

PSY 768Organizational Psychology
PSY 770Organization Development and Change


- S -

SOC 410

Sociology of Organizations

SOC 450Environmental Sociology

SOC 505

Medical Sociology

SOC 513

Community Organization and Development

SOC 514

Developing Societies

SOC 610

Formal Organizations

SOC 744

Health Behavior and Interventions

SOC 752Work and Industry
SOC 753Formal Organizations
SOC 754Economic Sociology
SOC 756Sociological Analysis of Agricultural Development
SOC 757Sociology of U.S. Agriculture
SOC 758Rural Sociology
SOC 762Urban Ecology


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