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Hirst Leads New English Course in Technical Communication

Class picture of English 360: 14 smiling college students and the professor, also smiling, in front of a projection screen in a classroom
Members of English 360: Global Communcation

Russel Hirst, an associate professor of English, began a new technical communications course in the Fall 2019 semester.

The course, ENG 461: Global Communication for Science and Technology, allows students to work with international partners through research, writing, and editing.  It is set up as a hybrid class, combining a practicum with class review and discussions with students submitting weekly reports on the progress of their projects. 

The class focuses on communication for nuclear security and safety, with students working as editors and consultants for international clients for whom English is not the primary language.

“It is more of an internship than a class,” said Rachel Brooks, a master’s student in the English department. “It’s really helpful, and we’re getting actual experience.”

Hirst’s goal for the class is to show students that they are ready to contribute what they know to the world.

“The students are very excited and take on a general responsibility in the class,” said Hirst. “They are developing the skills and confidence to do many things.”

“In all the things that I’ve done the past four years, this has the most impact,” said Ashley Humphrey, a senior majoring in English. “It has a chance to impact real people.”

The class will be offered every fall semester, alternating instruction with associate professor Sean Morey starting in 2021.

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