Professional Writing Certificate

The Certificate in Professional Writing is designed to offer students the opportunity to develop professional-level writing skills in preparation for careers in corporate, professional, or technical writing; public relations or advertising; and other professions in which writing plays an important role. Students majoring in business, medical specialty areas, sciences, fine arts, or humanities will find expanded professional opportunities by acquiring the certificate.

Offered by the English Department, this certificate is open to all students seeking a degree in addition to this certificate in the College for Women.

The delivery method for most of the required courses for the Professional Writing Certificate is is face-to-face, with on campus classes. Some topics courses are offered in all-online formats, providing students in the certificate program the opportunity to learn and write in an all digital context.


Students must receive a minimum grade of B+ in all courses.

Required Courses:
ENGL 2350Rhetorical Grammar4
ENGL 3340Writing for the Digital Age: Compelling Content for Blogs, Websites and Social Media4
ENGL 3360WIntermediate Writing: Writing with Power, Purpose and the Perfect Word4
ENGL 4320WThe Editorial Process4
ENGL 4604Internship4
Additional Requirements:
Completion of a portfolio
Determination by the Professional Writing Certification Committee in the English Department that the student has developed a level of writing skill appropriate to writing in a professional context
Total Credits20