The English Major and the Engineering Student: What can they learn from each other?

Subject: The English Major and the Engineering Student: What can they learn from each other?
From: Steve Amidon <Steveami -at- WORLDNET -dot- ATT -dot- NET>
Date: Sun, 14 Feb 1999 14:37:52 -0500

I am a retired military technical writer who is currently working on a
Ph.D.-in-English. Having worked as a technical writer in both military and
civilian environments (Engineering generally, as opposed to software
documentation), I am wondering what it actually is that the English major
can offer the future technical writer, other than punching a ticket that he
needs punched on his college transcript. Since those who teach technical
writing at universities often have backgrounds in rhetoric, composition,
literature, critical theory, and cultural studies, what can these
disciplines bring to the technical writer?

If you have thoughts, or resources you would recommend I pursue in this
endeavor, please pass them this way.

Steve Amidon


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