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ERIC Number: ED462705
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Pages: 8
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Professional and Technical Communication: The Humanities Degree for the 21st-Century.
Praetorius, Pete
Although a degree in Professional and Technical Communication (PTC) is a "practical" degree, its hands-on nature does not preclude it from providing students with a sound liberal education. For one educator, those who major in professional/technical communication are better prepared to fill many of the jobs that are currently going to students majoring in traditional humanities programs. Unless traditional humanities majors wish to pursue a career in academia, many of them would be better served by the more user-centered PTC degree, "user-centered" meaning that students learn how to produce material--documents, Web pages, videos, interactive CDs and DVDs--for people who need to accomplish a task or learn more to make an informed decision. Technical communication can be seen as a hybrid form created from that traditional user-centered discipline called rhetoric and new technologies. Like their counterparts in humanities programs, PTC majors leave college with a sound education in writing and analytical thinking--two attributes that employers value highly. When PTC majors take philosophy and history classes in their own department they learn how technologies such as computers have influenced people's lives or how environmental degradation from mining has long term social consequences. Rather than a degree that trains students to be specialists in a particular software tool or documentation method, the PTC degree educates students in a broad appreciation of how to make difficult concepts or equipment understandable. The PTC degree trains students in the fine art of flexibility. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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