MA in English or engineering classes?

Subject: MA in English or engineering classes?
From: "Zucker, Christine" <Christine -dot- Zucker -at- LOGTEC -dot- COM>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2002 13:56:29 -0400

I graduated college last year with a bachelor's degree in English. For the
past year, I've been editing technical material and doing some technical
writing. I've also been taking some classes for a grad certificate in tech
writing. However, when I look through tech writing job postings, almost
everything requires a strong scientific background or knowledge of
engineering/computing principles. My first year of undergrad was
engineering, but I didn't like the math so I switched to English. Now I'm
starting to miss the engineering principles and wonder if an associates
degree in engineering, on top of my BA in English would come in handy. But
I also have a few courses towards a MA in English.

I'm wondering what would be more beneficial to me in the future and for a
tech writing career...the Master's in English or an associates in
engineering. The associates doesn't encompass quite as much math as the
bachelor's program did, but I would still learn the basic engineering
principles that would help with a tech writing career.

Does anyone have an opinion or suggestion on which option (MA in English or
Associates in engineering) would be more beneficial? Any input is


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