Bachelor of Arts in Technical and Professional Writing Roadmap
120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 45
To avoid taking additional units, it is recommended that you meet LLD and SF State Studies requirements (AERM, GP, ES, SJ) within your GE or major.
ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you chooseENG 104/ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.
Depending on courses completed through Early Start, students in Pathway/Category 3 or 4 may be required to enroll in a support course to complement their Quantitative Reasoning/B4 requirement. There are multiple course options for this pathway. Before enrolling in a B4 course, students should verify their MATH Pathway/Category in their Student Center. Information regarding the courses that correspond with your MATH Pathway/Category can be found on the Developmental Studies Office Website.
Consider taking a class combined with a laboratory or a separate lab to fulfill B3 if not already satisfied.
Complementary Studies (12 units)
Twelve units of complementary studies are required of all candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Technical and Professional Writing. These units must come from courses bearing a prefix other than TPW, and not cross-listed with TPW. TPW majors can complete the requirement from within the major by taking 12 of the 15 units of classes required for their Subject Matter Focus. The Subject Matter Focus requires students to take 15 units of courses from a pre-approved list of non-TPW departments (e.g., Communication Studies, Journalism, Instructional Technology, Marketing), or to create a customized concentration based on courses from a mix of non-TPW departments, as approved by their major advisor. Although CS is already satisfied in the major itself, if students wish they may also meet their CS requirement by Study Abroad, courses taken in a secondary major or minor or certificate, or by choosing to take 12 units of a foreign language, any of which would also enhance the degree.
TPW 200 Writing Practices in Professional Contexts (3 units)
Select a single one of the tracks below and complete 15 units according to the instructions. Note: All focus courses must be 200-level or above, with at least nine units at 300-level or above.
Communications Track Options
Courses selected from any single one of these departments:
Technical Track Options
Courses selected from any single department in the College of Science and Engineering, any single department in the College of Business, or any single TPW advisor-approved department in the College of Health and Social Sciences.
Interdisciplinary Track Options
Courses selected to fit a customized concentration (based on an independently developed theme or on an existing interdisciplinary program) that is approved by the TPW advisor as relevant for technical or professional writing. (Examples: Arts Administration, Multimedia, Environmental Studies).