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Taking the “T” from STEM: Better Serving the Typical English Major with a Curriculum More Closely Related to Contemporary Digital Realities

Stinson, Lindsay M. (2016) Taking the “T” from STEM: Better Serving the Typical English Major with a Curriculum More Closely Related to Contemporary Digital Realities. Masters thesis, Radford University.

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Abstract

After five years of working in the corporate world, I decided it was time to attend graduate school. I thought I was accustomed to the question why choose to major in English, until I found myself in the middle of a crossroad in my career. We could understand if you chose Business, Journalism, or Broadcast Communications, I heard from across the General Manager’s desk. Baffled at having to answer the question, I realized it might be a legitimate one, not only in that particular office, but one for English departments as well. Technology and new media have provided more than lifestyle convenience; it has provided continued opportunities for English majors. The typical English major curriculum calls for a shift in order to better prepare students for life after graduation. Using digital humanities as an umbrella and utilizing the sub-fields of technical writing and linguistics, the English department can collaborate with STEM disciplines and work alongside them for innovation. A typical English major is better served with a writing curriculum that connects more authentically with contemporary digital realities and STEM.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Lindsay Stinson
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2017 17:54
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2017 17:54
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/281

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