The Certificate in Writing is a 21-credit program designed for those who desire to improve their writing skills. In today’s world, the skillful use of the written word is fundamental. This program consists of academic courses taught by faculty of the Department of English. Participants may choose electives to focus on a particular style of writing or to obtain an overview of several writing styles. The program also oﬀers internships with local media, including newspapers, magazines, and television.
This certificate is applicable to fields such as media, industrial organizations, governmental agencies, community groups, service providers, and businesses. Skilled writers may work in any organization or field.
Students must meet requirements for admission to the College of General Studies. A certificate application form must be completed and returned to the College of General Studies. To avoid a late fee, you should complete this process when registering for courses. Students must have completed a Seminar in Composition course or its equivalent before registering for any of the following classes.
To receive the certificate, you must fill out an application with your academic advisor prior to completing your last term in the program. Check with your advisor for the application filing form and deadlines, and be sure all requirements for the certificate have been met. To avoid a late fee, you should complete this process when registering for the term.
In addition to Seminar in Composition, students must complete seven courses (21 credits). These classes should include two English writing courses (6 credits) and five English writing electives (15 credits).
All courses are 3 credits
ENGWRT 0520 Introduction to Fiction Writing
ENGWRT 0610 Introduction to Journalism and Nonfiction
All courses are 3 credits
Courses offered vary by term. Choose five additional courses from any combinations of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. A sampling of courses that can be used to fulfill the certificate requirements include:
ENGWRT 0530 Introduction to Poetry Writing
ENGWRT 1210 Poetry Workshop
ENGWRT 1010 Intermediate Fiction
ENGWRT 1090 Mastering Point of View
ENGWRT 1091 Autobiography and Creative Impulse
ENGWRT 1092 Writer’s Journals
ENGWRT 1094 Readings in Contemporary Fiction
ENGWRT 1095 Topics in Fiction
ENGWRT 1710 Senior Seminar in Fiction
ENGCMP 1103 Public Relations Writing
ENGCMP 1104 Creative Corporate Writing
ENGWRT 1330 Intermediate Nonfiction: Scene and Point-of-View
ENGWRT 1340 Advanced Nonfiction: Long-Form Narrative
ENGWRT 1377 Media Literacy: Reading and Writing in the Digital World
ENGWRT 1390 Readings in Contemporary Nonfiction
ENGWRT 1391 Writing the Review
ENGWRT 1393 Sports Writing
ENGWRT 1394 Science Writing
ENGWRT 1399 Topics in Nonfiction: Newspaper
ENGWRT 1403 Topics in Nonfiction: Electronic Media
ENGWRT 1900 Internship: Writing
Requirements subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.