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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

COM 487 Internet and Society
CSC 454, 554 Human-computer Interaction
CSC 461 Computer Graphics
CSC 467 Multimedia Technology
EAC 595W Web-based Training
ENG 508 Usability Studies for Technical Communication
ENG 519 Online Information Design and Evaluation
IE(PSY) 740 Human Factors in System Design
IE(PSY) 745 Human Performance
PSY 710i Computer 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 520 Science Writing for the Media
ENG 583 Seminar on Communication in Health and Environmental Sciences
ET 460 Practice of Environmental Technology
NR 571 Current Issues in Natural Research Policy

PA 550

Environmental Policy

SOC 450 Environmental Sociology
SOC 762 Urban 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 520 Science Writing for the Media
ENG 583 Gender and Medicine
ENG 583 Seminar on Communication in Health and Environmental Sciences

PA 511

Public Policy Analysis

SOC 744 Health 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 580 Designing Instructional Systems in Training and Development
EAC 581 Advanced 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 584 Evaluating Training Transfer and Effectiveness
EAC 585 Integrating Technology into Training Programs
EAC 586 Methods and Techniques of Training and Development
EAC 595W Web-based Training
ECI 716 Design and Evaluation of Instructional Materials

PSY 768

Organizational Psychology



Organizational Information Systems

CSC 423

Information Resources Management

ECE 792I Information Theory

PA 525

Organization Design

PA 540

Computer Applications in Public Affairs

PA 514

Management Systems

PSY 764 Survey if Industrial/Organizational Psychology

PSY 768

Organizational Psychology

PSY 770

Organization Development and Change

SOC 410, 610 Sociology of Organizations

SOC 752

Work and Industry



Agricultural Communication





Alphabetical Listing of Approved Electives for the Technical Communication Program

- A -



- B -

BUS 462

Marketing Research

BUS 465

Advertising and Promotion Management

BUS 480

Business Policy and Strategy



- C -
COM 402 Advanced Group Communication
COM 411 Rhetorical Criticism

COM 421

Communication Law

COM 441

Ethical Issues in Communication

COM 442 Communication and Conflict Management
COM 456 Organizational Communication
COM 476 Public Relations Applications
COM 487 Internet and Society
COM 523 International and Intercultural Communication
COM 527 Seminar in Organizational Conflict Management
COM 528 Communication Culture and Technology
COM 541 Quantitative Research Methods in Applied Communication
COM 542 Qualitative Research Methods in Applied Communication
COM 556 Seminar in Organizational Communication

COM 561

Human Communication Theory

COM 566

Seminar in Crisis Communication



CSC 442

Introduction to Simulation

CSC 454 Human-Computer Interaction

CSC 461

Computer Graphics

CSC 467 Multimedia Technology

CSC 501

Operating Systems Principles

CSC 510 Software Engineering





CSC 554 Human-Computer Interaction


- E -

EAC 559

The Adult Learner

EAC 540

Extension in Developing Countries

EAC 580 Designing Instructional Systems in Training and Development
EAC 581 Advanced 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 584 Evaluating Training Transfer and Effectiveness

EAC 585

Integrating Technology into Training Programs

EAC 586

Methods and Techniques of Training and Development

EAC 595W Web-based Training


ECG 512

Law and Economics

ECG 515

Environmental and Resource Policy

ECG 537

Health Economics

ECG 715 Environmental and Resource Economics


ECE 792I

Information Theory



ECI 716 Design and Evaluation of Instructional Materials


ENG 508 Usability Studies for Technical Communication

ENG 513

Empirical Research Methods in Composition

ENG 516 Rhetorical Criticism: Theory and Practice

ENG 519

Online Information Design and Evaluation

ENG 520 Science Writing for the Media

ENG 524

Introduction to Linguistics

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


ET 460 Practice of Environmental Technology



- F -

FOR(MDS) 584

Practice of Environmental Impact Assessment



- G -
GC 420 Visual Thinking

GD 400

Advanced Graphic Design Studio



- H -

HI 581

History of Life Sciences

HI 582

Darwinism in Science and Theory



- I -

IE(PSY) 740

Human Factors in System Design

IE(PSY) 745

Human Performance



- N -
NR 571 Current Issues in Natural Resource Policy


- P -

PA 511

Public Policy Analysis

PA 512 The Budgetary Process

PA 513

Public Organization Behavior

PA 514 Management Systems

PA 525

Organization Design

PA 540 Computer Applications in Public Affairs

PA 550

Environmental Policy



PS 502 The Legislative Process


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

PSY 500

Visual Perception

PSY 508 Cognitive Processes

PSY 511

Advanced Social Psychology

PSY 525 Introduction to Cognitive Science
PSY 704 Learning and Motivation

PSY(IE) 740

Human Factors in Systems Design

PSY 743

Ergonomic Performance Assessment

PSY(IE) 745

Human Performance

PSY 757 Innovation and Technology

PSY 764

Survey of Industrial/Organizational Psychology

PSY 768 Organizational Psychology
PSY 770 Organization Development and Change


- S -

SOC 410

Sociology of Organizations

SOC 450 Environmental Sociology

SOC 514

Developing Societies

SOC 610

Formal Organizations

SOC 752 Work and Industry
SOC 753 Formal Organizations
SOC 754 Economic Sociology
SOC 762 Urban Ecology


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