Whether you’re looking to improve your professional writing skills or want to delve into the craft of fiction or nonfiction, this 21-credit writing certificate might be ideal for you.
Offered in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh’s English department, this certificate program integrates a variety of courses from contemporary fiction and autobiography to science writing and electronic media. Hone your writing skills while customizing the program to fit your literary and professional interests.
The CGS Difference
Our certificate program can be a standalone professional development opportunity or completed in preparation for a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a writing-related field.
Who Should Participate
- Students already enrolled in a degree program in the College of General Studies who wish to concentrate on the development of writing skills
- Those who already have a degree, but who wish to develop their writing skills for personal or professional advancement
- People seeking to embark upon writing as a profession
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Write clearly and accurately
- Apply writing skills to fiction and nonfiction
- Understand different writing forms and techniques
- The writing certificate requires 21 credits (seven courses), including two core English writing courses and 15 elective credits.
- Students must achieve a minimum grade of C (2.0) or better for all courses required for the program.
- Credits earned at other accredited educational institutions may be eligible for transfer. However, five of the courses (or 15 credits) must be completed at Pitt.
Required Courses: (6 credits)
Complete both courses.Format: F2F and Web
Electives: (15 credits)
Courses offered vary by term. Choose five additional courses from any combinations of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Here is a sampling of courses that can be used to fulfill the elective requirements:
NONFICTIONFormat: F2F and Web, (available as of Fall 2022)
Program Planning Checklist
Download our handy Writing certificate checklist (PDF) to plan and track your progress in the program.
Important: Course Overlap Rules
As you plan your certificate coursework, please make sure to review the CGS Course Overlap policy for information on how many courses can be double-counted if a student elects to pursue a CGS certificate in combination with other CGS and non-CGS majors, minors, and certificates. If you have questions, please contact your CGS advisor or CGS Advising at CGSAdv@pitt.edu.
Note: Requirements are subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.