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.