Degrees and Requirements

Professional Writing Certificate

Requirements: 24 credits

Students who wish to obtain the Certificate in Professional Writing must complete the equivalent of EN 111 and EN 112 as prerequisites to acceptance into the program. Twenty-four (24) credits will be required for the Certificate. No more than 9 credits may be transferred from another institution.

Summary of Requirements

Choose 15 credits from the following:

  • ENGL2029
    BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS |

    ENGL2029
    BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to teach students best practices in both written and oral business communication. Types of communications include: business letters, emails, reports, executive summaries, cover letters, resumes, PowerPoint presentations, and the job interview.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ENGL2040
    CREATIVE WRITING |

    ENGL2040
    CREATIVE WRITING |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A course designed to stimulate writing in prose and poetry, with emphasis on readings and exercises in craft.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ENGL3012
    SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMPOSITION |

    ENGL3012
    SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMPOSITION |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    These topics courses are writing workshops designed to allow students to write in a particular genre and/or for a designated audience with the support of a publishing writer and the other members of the workshop.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • ENGL3031
    JOURNALISM I |

    ENGL3031
    JOURNALISM I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This is an introductory course in journalistic style and a variety of media formats. Students learn editing, interviewing and reporting skills. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • ENGL3032
    JOURNALISM II |

    ENGL3032
    JOURNALISM II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This is an advanced course in newspaper writing, focusing primarily on the production of a variety of news stories. Special emphasis is placed on research, interviewing and advanced reporting skills. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • ENGL3037
    ADVANCED EXPOSITION |

    ENGL3037
    ADVANCED EXPOSITION |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An advanced course in essay writing with emphasis on improving writing style. Methods include an examination of professional writings, frequent written assignments, detailed criticism of student's papers and evaluation of revisions to increase writing flexibility and precision.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

Required Courses: 9 credits (Select GCDN1025 or ENGL3051)

  • ENGL2030
    TECHNICAL WRITING |

    ENGL2030
    TECHNICAL WRITING |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Designed to apply the basic principles of communication to technical information so that the student can learn to present complex technical messages in the clearest possible way.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • ENGL3051
    PUBLICATION DESIGN(GCDN3051) |

    ENGL3051
    PUBLICATION DESIGN(GCDN3051) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course combines the two elements that result in publication: writing and layout. Intended for prospective designers as well as writers, the course will educate students in how words and images work together; functional art in action; font and publication personalities; logo design; newspaper and magazine design; public service publications; newsletters; and the art of popular culture. Cross-listed with GCDN3051.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012 or ENGL1012H

  • GCDN1025
    FUND. OF ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING |

    GCDN1025
    FUND. OF ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will prepare students not majoring in graphic design to work in a creative team environment toward the production of digital communication materials and graphics, and will introduce students to the web as a design vehicle for publishing and advertising.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ISTC2008
    INTRO TO CYBERSPACE |

    ISTC2008
    INTRO TO CYBERSPACE |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course introduces the student to the world of the Internet. The course will focus on the effective and efficient use of the Internet to find and evaluate quality resources, communicate and collaborate using appropriate tools, create HTML files, and examine issues such as privacy, security and safety. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    ISTC1005