By Corinn Gurak
“Everyone needs to take this class.”
I have heard this phrase from many teachers who have taught this course and from students who have taken it. This class teaches you how to write in a relevant way, not an abstract, metaphorical analysis way. Dr. Christopher Alexander teaches Technical and Professional Communication, that encourages developing writing skills for the professional world. Many students at UGA can be heard saying something like, “I took this major because I didn’t want to write,” “I am more of a numbers person,” or “I’d rather take a test than write an essay any day.” All of those statements are valid, yet those students do not realize that writing is an integral part of their professional and everyday lives. So, in this course, you will find yourself working on professional writing that is relevant to all majors, including STEM. Alexander is looking to develop skills and knowledge on how to write within various disciplines and fields. He recognizes that writing is not integrated into many classes at the University of Georgia and they rely more on multiple choice exams for evaluations. He feels that students may be “less familiar, less aware or less interested,” in writing, so this class seeks to fill the gap by providing a dynamic approach to writing.
Alexander highlighted a few projects that the students complete in Technical and Professional Writing that bridge this divide: