Program Requirements

Certificate in Public and Professional Writing

Students pursuing the certificate in public and professional writing must complete 16 credits, distributed as shown below.


Writing Electives - 12 credits

Choose FOUR courses from the list below (including two at the 300 level).

  • COMM 219 - Design I (3)
  • COMM 253 - Business Communications (3)
  • COMM 319 - Design II (3)
  • ENGL 259 - Argument and Persuasion (3)
  • ENGL 266 - Writing as Social Practice (3)
  • ENGL 271 - Legal Writing (3)
  • ENGL 284 -  P5 Global Business Writing (3)
  • ENGL 290 - Science, Rhetoric and the Public (3)
  • ENGL 355 - Professional Writing: Topics (3)
  • ENGL 356 - Editing and Publishing (3)
  • ENGL 361 - Writing with New Media (3)

Note: English majors and minors may pursue the certificate program but may not apply any specific major course requirements toward the certificate. This includes ENGL 259 for all English majors and minors, and ENGL 266 for writing concentration majors.

Internship - 3 credits

  • DEPT 490 - Internship (3)*

Seminar - 1 credit

  • ENGL 307 - Public and Professional Writing Portfolio Seminar (3)**

Total: 16 credits

*The internship may be taken through the student's major or minor department, or through the English department. The internship must involve a substantial written component, allow the student to generate at least one significant portfolio piece, and be approved in advance by the program director during the semester before the internship is taken, regardless of other requirements for the department in which it is listed. Students enrolling in an independent research experience that contains both a substantial formal written component and a substantial experiential learning component may, with permission of the program director, count this toward their internship requirements.

**All students should enroll in ENGL 307 - Public and Professional Writing Portfolio during the final spring semester in the program. Students select and workshop three writing samples, and submit a portfolio composed of work that has been completed in their certificate classes and internship (courses/internship may be taken concurrently).

Public and Professional Writing (Certificate)

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