Professional Writing, Undergraduate Certificate

Students who complete this program will gain skills in the following areas, which are sought after in a wide range of career fields: storytelling, arguing a point, analyzing, communicating clearly, grasping tone, researching, and writing. By expanding students’ critical reading, critical thinking, and writing skills and by providing direct practical experience in a variety of professional writing fields, this certificate will bring them added value while on the job market and/or in their current workplace. This program is available as a stand-alone certificate for current undergraduate students from any major as well as non-degree students and adult learners who want to enhance their career skills.

For those who wish to continue beyond the certificate, the courses completed may also count towards a major in English, a major in Communication or a minor in Critical and Professional Writing.

View course descriptions in the University Course Catalog:

Program Details

  • Level: Undergraduate; Intermediate
  • Eligibility: Current WP Students; Non-WP Students
  • Credit or Non-Credit: 12 college credits (4 courses)
  • Instruction Method: Traditional and online courses available
  • Average Time to Completion: Three semesters; summers optional

Skills Developed*

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Professionalism

*Categories based on the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) key competencies

Noteworthy Careers Supported by this Certificate

  • Media Content Writer
  • Technical Writer
  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Editorial Manager
  • Speechwriter 

Contact us

Christopher Salerno, Program Coordinator
Grant Hall 343

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