Professional Writing Undergraduate Certificate


Students may earn the Certificate in Professonal Writing by completing 18 hours in selected writing courses with a grade point average of 3.0 or better.  Interested students should contact the program coordinator for an application and assistance in selecting courses. Upon completion of four or five writing courses, please consult the coordinator to make arrangements for ENGL 4890. ENGL 2400 or ENGL 2410 and ENGL 4890 are required. Four additional courses are to be chosen from the following list:

Professional Writing Genre Courses
ENGL/MEDIA ST 2080Advertising Copywriting3
ENGL 2125Introduction to Technical Communication (MOTR ENGL 110)3
ENGL 2180Introduction to News Writing3
ENGL 3120Business Writing3
ENGL 3130Technical Writing3
ENGL/MEDIA ST 3150Feature Writing3
COMM 2180Public Relations Writing3
ENGL 4162
ENGL 4860Editing and the Production Process3
ENGL 4870Advanced Business and Technical Writing3
ENGL 4871Publishing: Writers, Editors, and Readers3
ENGL 4880Writing for Teachers3
Academic Writing Courses
ENGL 2120Topics in Writing3
ENGL 2400Rhetorical Ways with Words3
ENGL 2410Literate Lives3
ENGL 2810Traditional Grammar3
ENGL 3090Turning the Kaleidoscope: How We Look at Texts3
ENGL 3100Junior-Level Writing3
ENGL 3110Junior-Level Writing for International Students3
ENGL 3160Writing in the Sciences3
ENGL 3200Composing Disability3
ENGL 4160Special Topics in Writing3
ENGL 4790Rhetoric and Social Justice3
ENGL 4810Descriptive English Grammar3
Creative Writing Courses
Students may take up to 2 creative writing courses
ENGL 2020Introduction to Creative Writing3
ENGL 2030Poetry Writing Jumpstart3
ENGL 2040Fiction Writing Jumpstart3
ENGL 3030Improving on the Blank Page: Writing Poetry3
ENGL 3040Lying to Tell a Truth: Writing Fiction3
ENGL 4130A Machine Made of Words: Writing Your Best Poems3
ENGL 4140Polishing Your Stories: Producing a Publishable Short Story3
ENGL 4150Creative Non-Fiction3
ENGL 4180Novel Beginnings3
ENGL 4895Editing "Litmag (can be taken as a capstone)3
Honors Courses
HONORS 2020Inquiries in the Fine and Performing Arts3
HONORS 3100Honors Advanced Composition: Writing The City3
HONORS 3020Advanced Honors Seminar in the Fine and Performing Arts3
Capstone Course
ENGL 4890Writing Internship (Required. Usually taken as the last course in the program. Must include an extensive final project.)3
ENGL 4892Independent Writing Project3

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, certificate earners will be able to:

  • Write clearly, correctly, and concisely
  • Develop knowledge of how writing impacts work and behavior in professional settings
  • Employ a repertoire of writing strategies and practices in the workplace
  • Effectively adapt content to a variety of professional audiences
  • Discern the appropriate tone, style, and format needed for a given writing purpose, audience, and context
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of rhetorical strategies to achieve specific results
  • Practice solid revision and editing skills
  • Integrate expectations about professional standards and persuasive, content-based thinking into their written communication
  • Recognize and adjust to expectations in the global workplace setting.
  • Develop a portfolio of professional writing that would serve in a job search
  • Work independently and collaboratively on complex professional documents
  • Adapt to new writing challenges quickly