Re: Advice on English vs. Tech Comm. degree

Subject: Re: Advice on English vs. Tech Comm. degree
From: Tim Altom <betelgeuse -at- DELPHI -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 8 Feb 1995 19:58:29 -0500

Ed Richter <ERICHTER -at- vmhost1 -dot- mnsfld -dot- edu> writes:

> I am an English major here at Mansfield University (where the heck is
>that!?) and am interested in technical communication as a profession. What I w
>as wondering was what are the advantages of a tech. comm. degree over as Englis
>h degree, am I missing some fundamental information? Also, my school doesn't o
>ffer any kind of tech. comm. classes, what would be anyones suggestion in getti
>ng some sort of expierience in tech. comm.

> From the depths of rural PA.

The reply you received that showed up on my reader as 12 pages probably covered
most of the subject, but allow me to add another thoughtYou might consider
switching to journalism. My own degree is in English/journalism, and the skills
I learned in intervie
wing, writing to deadline, publishing and writing clearly were invaluable when
I started in this profession. Of course, you need a thorough grounding in
technology and science, which may be the hardest part for you. Best of luck.


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