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2023-2024 NOVA Catalog 
2023-2024 NOVA Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Professional Writing, Certificate DISCONTINUED FALL 2023

Location(s): AL, AN, LO, MA, NOL, WO

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CIP Code: 23.1399

NOVA Code: 2650

Offered through AL, AN, LO, MA, WO

Purpose: The Professional Writing Certificate program prepares candidates to compose documents and manage professional communications for a variety of contemporary professions, including business, military, medicine, government, science, and industry. Writers will gain expertise in composing, designing, and editing electronic texts, as well as a comprehensive foundation in grammar and punctuation. Students may tailor their preparation for particular writing environments by selecting from a variety of elective courses in journalism, technical report writing, graphic design, writing for publication, writing for the Web, social media, and communications. Students may also incorporate a professional internship into the Certificate program. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with a professional writing advisor before enrolling in Certificate classes or as early as possible in their first semester of enrollment.

Completion Requirements: 31 total credits. All students must complete ENG 111 (or its equivalent) in the first semester of Certificate study. Students must complete a core of 18 credits of professional writing courses and 9 credits of elective courses. All students must complete the 3-credit ENG 298 (Seminar and Project) in the final semester of Certificate study.

Credit for Prior Learning: Students in this program may be eligible for credit for prior learning and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

One Year

Total credits for the Professional Writing for Business, Government, and Industry Certificate: 31 credits

Students must complete ENG 111 and (or its equivalent) in the first semester of their registration.

Should be selected in consultation with an academic advisor. English approved electives are ENG 114ENG 116ENG 121ENG 135ENG 200ENG 210, and ENG 280. For Non- English approved elective select from: ART 209ART 116ART 251ART 283 and ART 284BUS 100CST 115LGL 126MKT 201MKT 221MKT 284, and other courses that may relate to a specific area of professional writing.

3 Students must complete ENG 298 in their final semester of Certificate study.

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