Writing for the Professions Certificate

A solid command of the written word is a valuable, marketable skill for many positions and industries. Businesses of all kinds need skilled writers to help communicate important messages internally and externally. This certificate will help enhance your written communication skills. You’ll have the flexibility to choose English and communication courses that make the most sense for your career goals. A wide array of electives include topics such as writing arguments, sports writing, grant writing, health communication, and public relations.  

This flexible certificate program can be a stand-alone professional development opportunity or completed in preparation for a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a writing-related field.

CGS Difference

CGS offers a small college atmosphere with all the benefits of a large research institution.

Program Expectations

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Identify and analyze audience traits and perspectives
  • Determine a specific goal and/or purpose of a document, then organize and develop clearly written prose in support of that purpose
  • Apply knowledge of a specialized writing/communication topic

Credit Requirements

The writing for the professions certificate requires 18 credits, including 9 credits of core classes and 9 elective credits. Students must achieve a minimum grade of C (2.0) or better for all courses required for the program.

Required courses: (9 credits)

Catalog Number Title Credits
ENGCMP 0400 Written Professional Communication 3
ENGWRT 0610 Introduction to Journalism and Nonfiction 3

And choose one of the following two courses:

Catalog Number Title Credits
COMMRC 0320 Mass Communication Process 3
ENGWRT 1330 Intermediate Nonfiction 3

Elective courses: (9 credits)

Choose three courses from the following:

Catalog Number Title Credits
COMMRC 1730 Special Topics: Health Communications* 3
COMMRC 1732 Special Topics: Media Relations* or Communication and New Media Technologies* 3
ENGCMP 0410 Writing in the Legal Professions 3
ENGCMP 0420 Writing for the Public 3
ENGCMP 0515 Persuasive Writing in Advertising 3
ENGCMP 0520 Integrating Writing and Design 3
ENGCMP 0550 Topics in Public/Professional Writing 3
ENGCMP 0560 Writing Arguments 3
ENGCMP 0600 Introduction to Technical Writing 3
ENGCMP 0610 Composing Digital Media 3
ENGCMP 1103 Public Relations Writing 3
ENGCMP 1111 Professional Writing in Global Contexts 3
ENGCMP 1112 Professional Uses of Social Media 3
ENGCMP 1400 Grant Writing 3
ENGCMP 1401 Writing for Fundraising and Development 3
ENGCMP 1420 Writing Proposals for Business 3
ENGWRT 0550 Fundamentals of News Reporting 3
ENGWRT 1370 Journalism Bootcamp: Write Now 3
ENGWRT 1377 Media Literacy: Reading and Writing in the Digital World 3
ENGWRT 1391 Writing the Review 3
ENGWRT 1393 Sports Writing 3
ENGWRT 1403 Topics in Nonfiction: Electronic Media 3

* Make sure to take the appropriate section of this course.

Please Note: Requirements subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.