Professional &Technical Writing: Robert Morris University Professional &Technical Writing | Robert Morris University

Undergraduate


2010 national mean bachelor-level entry-level salaries:
(from the National Association of Colleges and Employers)
Communication by type of employer Communication by job function
Advertising $37,500 Advertising (based on one response) $39,250
Arts, Entertainment, Recreation $30,096 Fundraising/ Development $37,000
Communications (Broadcasting/Telecommunications) $32,571 Insurance (Claims) $38,000
Consulting Services $29,000 Management Trainee (entry-level) $29,238
Educational Services $35,040 Public Relations $31,233
Government (Federal) $33,000 Reporting $23.333
Insurance $40,250 Sales $38,000
Legal Services $34,167 Teaching $37,000
Religious/ Grantmaking/ Professional Organizations $30,833 Writing/Editing $32,000
English by type of employer English by job function
Arts, Entertainment, Recreation $35,000 Customer Service $26,000
Educational Services $32,746 Management Trainee (entry-level) $36,000
Government (State & Local) $37,333 Paralegal $28,500
Legal Services $28,500 Teaching $32,746
Publishing $30,000 Writing/Editing $30,000
RMU Salary Survey Range: Mean:
Communication (2009) $19,200 - $38,000 $29,633
English (2008) $22,000 - $32,000 $26,500

Below is a typical four-year course of study for professional & technical writing students, including major requirements and some electives. Your own schedule will vary based on your own interests.

FRESHMAN/Fall Semester FRESHMAN/Spring Semester
Reading and Writing Strategies Study of Literature
General Psychology   Argument and Research
Principles of Sociology Survey of Economics
Math Reasoning w/ Applications Intro. to Decision Support Systems
English Lit. elective Elective
SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester
Public Speaking and Persuasion Study of Language
Study of the Essay Organizational Communication
World Literature Business Professional Communication
Technical Writing Science elective
History elective Technical Editing
JUNIOR/Fall Semester JUNIOR/Spring Semester
Mod. English Grammar/Editing Study of Rhetoric
American Lit. before 1865 American Lit. from 1865
British Lit. to 1789 British Lit. from 1789
Dramatic Art of Shakespeare History of English Language
Elective Information Gathering
Intro. to Web Development Copy Editing 
SENIOR/Fall Semester SENIOR/Spring Semester
Writing Theories and Practices Seminar in English Studies
Professional Writing Internship
Internship Elective
Elective Elective
Elective Elective

At Robert Morris University, we’re not just training our students to get a job, we’re educating them for a whole series of professional careers—and for a lifetime of enrichment and contribution. RMU's unique Student Engagement Transcript certifies our graduates' character-building credentials as well as their academic credentials. 

English majors receive an education that is both well-rounded and focused. Built upon a broad foundation in the liberal arts, the English curriculum is integrated through sustained attention to linguistics, problem-solving rhetoric, and the interpretation of literature and other texts. Students select a course of study that best suits their personal interests and career goals. The program prepares graduates for a variety of careers as well as for graduate study.

The School of Communications and Information Systems is now housed in a brand new building on the Moon campus.  The structure includes classrooms, computer labs, media arts studios, editing suites, a gallery, and teleconferencing facilities, as well as faculty and administrative offices, student meeting spaces and a café. Facilities include the Pod room with both PCs and Macintosh computers.

Within walking distance to the new building are facilities that provide opportunities for students to develop expertise in a range of media.  Students perform and produce plays and musicals in our theater; they produce our student newspaper, The Sentry, and our literary magazine, RUNE, in our newsroom; they produce documentaries, attend lectures and learn from visiting scholars in our Media Arts House; and they produce and host news, entertainment, and sports programs in our state-of-the-art Academic Media Center’s broadcast facility and our Internet radio station.       

Faculty members in the School of Communications and Information Systems are recognized for their dedication to teaching, academic research, global understanding, and professional experience. Our faculty regularly wins awards and accolades for excellence in teaching and research. As guides and mentors, they motivate students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their field of study. Faculty members encourage students to engage in scholarly pursuits, including participation in academic conferences and professional organizations. Our faculty members hail from seven countries on four continents, helping to broaden students’ global understanding. Many lead study abroad trips and international student exchanges in Europe, South America, and Asia. Finally, SCIS faculty members’ professional experience and community involvement help students connect what they’re learning in the classroom to the workplace. 

Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. 

For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)

Higher education is an investment in your future. 

At Robert Morris University, we will work closely with you to show you how to finance your education through a combination of need-based financial aid, scholarships, and financing strategies to make your education attainable. RMU has one of the lowest tuition rates of all private institutions in the state, but we know that financing your education can be complicated, and your family might need help in understanding your options. 

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