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Professional and Technical Writing Option

General Studies Associates of Arts Degree


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MC offers a certificate program in professional and technical writing.

Technical writers, also called technical communicators, produce instruction manuals and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily. They also develop, gather, and disseminate technical information among customers, designers, and manufacturers. 

The Professional and Technical Writing Certificate is a designated statewide program. The Maryland Higher Education Commission designates some community college programs as statewide programs. An out-of-county/out-of-state student may enroll in any of designated statewide programs at the same rates as in-county residents if the program is not offered by their local community college or if the student cannot enroll due to an enrollment limit. 

Program Advising

Academic advising helps students reach their educational and career goals. Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. See the academic map for a suggested course sequence for this discipline.  

Transfer Opportunities

As you create your academic plan for transferring into related programs, keep in mind transfer institution requirements for the following courses, which can differ greatly among institutions:

  • Language Requirements – Most Arts and Humanities degrees require study of another language through the 200 level.
  • Specific literature, creative writing, or other humanities course requirements.

To get help, make an appointment with a counselor or a General Studies program advisor.  

Career Options

For some positions listed, a bachelor's degree or higher may be required. Use the Career and Program Explorer to see a full report for this career field. See links below chart for further guidance and/or connect with a Program Advisor to discuss career goals.

Professional and technical writers produce instructional guides, help documents, articles, reports, presentations, webpages, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information clearly and effectively. They also communicate with customers, designers, corporations, and government agencies, managing projects and production processes.

  • MC Student Employment Services: Speak with the Student Employment Specialist for help with resume writing, interviewing, setting up a College Central Network (CCN)new windownew window account and other job search topics.
  • Career Coach: Explore Career Coach to learn more about this career and/or discover related majors and in-demand careers based on your current interests! Take a Career Assessment and then browse careers and job opportunities in the area.

Related Programs and Courses

General Studies Degree

Students who major in general studies explore personal, professional, and academic areas of interest within a flexible framework supporting transfer.

Workforce Development and Continuing Education

MC offers a wide variety of noncredit classes. These courses are designed to help you upgrade your skills, pursue career training, or learn something new.