College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Graduate Certificate in Professional and Technical Writing

The graduate certificate in professional and technical writing provides students with course work in nonfiction writing in specific genres, current writing practices and theories of writing in organizational settings, research methods in professional writing, and nonfiction literature.

The certificate may be pursued concurrently with any of several programs in English and elsewhere. Part of the course work toward the certificate may be applied to those degrees with the approval of the director of the degree program.

For policies governing all certificates, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

The graduate certificate in professional and technical writing may only be pursued on a part-time basis.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Certificate Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students pursuing this certificate must complete 18 credits of English graduate courses with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course.

Four required courses (12 credits)

ENGH 501 should be taken in the first semester of study, if possible.

ENGH 501 - Introduction to Professional Writing and Rhetoric Credits: 3

ENGH 502 - Research Methods in Rhetoric and Professional Writing Credits: 3

ENGH 503 - Theory and Practice of Editing Credits: 3

ENGH 505 - Document Design Credits: 3

Emphasis in technical writing or proposal writing (6 credits)

Students choose an emphasis in either technical or proposal writing.

Technical writing emphasis

ENGH 613 - Technical Communication Credits: 3

One elective ENGH course (3 credits) chosen in consultation with an advisor

Proposal writing emphasis

ENGH 509 - Proposal Writing and Development Credits: 3

ENGH 689 - Advanced Proposal Writing Credits: 3

Total: 18 credits

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