Major in Technical and Professional Writing


Neil Lindeman
Phone: 415-405-0493
Building: HUM Room Number: 423


Technical and professional writers are in demand to link ideas, technologies and products with people who need to understand those developments or to use them. San Francisco State University’s TPW program can prepare you for that critical communications role through major, minor and certificate programs.

Technical and professional writers work in almost every field of industry and public life, including high-technology industries, business, government and research and nonprofit organizations. These career writers not only write and edit many types of documents in different media, but they also sometimes manage documentation and communication projects.

To be best prepared for success in such work, you will need to start with strong writing skills, then learn how to adapt them for the workplace and for changing technologies and employment needs. You will also need an intellectual framework for continuing professional growth and responsibility throughout your career.

As a TPW student you will combine TPW courses — which expose you to workplace writing forms, methods and issues — with interdisciplinary electives that further develop related communications skills and attitudes. You also can target a potential employment interest: if you are a major, you will choose a specialized concentration (your subject matter focus); if you earn a minor or certificate, you can use TPW studies to complement your education and experience in other fields.

After completing the TPW program, you can begin your writing career with important accomplishments and advantages: an academic degree or certificate in the field, improved and focused skills, an understanding of professional expectations for writers and a portfolio of relevant writing samples.

Note: Technical and professional writing major, minor and certificate students must earn at least a C or better in all courses that count towards the degree or certificate.


Technical and Professional Writing (B.A.) — 45 units

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated.

Culminating Experience must be completed during one of the semesters of the student’s final (senior) year.

Review the Bulletin for further information.

Related Resources

TPW Advising

There are three times during your progress through our program when you must seek advising.

TPW Instructor Opportunities

SF State is the only college in California that offers a Bachelor’s degree in Technical and Professional Writing.


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TPW Jobs and Networking

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TPW Textbooks

Here is a list of suggested textbooks for the TPW Program.

TPW Internships

Successful internships benefit both students and the companies that sponsor them! Our program provides the preparation, connections and structure needed to make internships work as they should.

TPW Alumni

The TPW chapter of the SF State Alumni Association is the bridge between the academic and professional worlds. It’s new. It’s growing and the only thing missing is YOU!

Fall 2017 Course Descriptions

Detailed Fall 2017 Course Descriptions

  • Undergraduate Writing Program Courses
  • English Education Program Courses
  • Composition Graduate Program Courses
  • Linguistics Program Courses
  • Literature Program Courses
  • MA TESOL Program Courses
  • Technical & Professional Writing Courses 

Current Class Schedule

See the department's class schedule for the semester.

  • English Education Program Courses
  • Composition Graduate Program Courses
  • Linguistics Program Courses
  • Literature Program Courses
  • MA TESOL Program Courses
  • Technical & Professional Writing Courses 

TPW Scholarships

Review the scholarships available to Technical and Professional Writing students.