Configuring the English Department to Make the English Major Sustainable into the Future
Prof. David S. Kaufer from Carnegie Mellon University, Head of CMU’s English Department from 1994 to 2009
10:30-12:00, Thursday, 22 January 2015
Room 210, School of Foreign Languages
The talk will introduce CMU’s English department, our history, the research of our faculty, and our professional curriculum that trains technical majors at CMU, engineers, computer scientists, and natural scientists in the large array of communication skills they now need to become leaders in a global context. We also train English majors for employment in this global community under many job classifications –technical writers, professional writers, on-line journalists, content specialists, science writers, medical writers, grant proposal writers, technical editors, information designers, web designers, multi-media specialists, software documentation specialists, and more. I will make the argument that to be competitive for the future, the English major worldwide must stay rooted in the English language but must branch out as well to the many modes, media, and contexts of communication in which English is used by the global workforce.