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Writing Certificate

  • Increased marketability with demonstrated writing experience
  • Added expertise on graduate school applications

Faculty Contact: Dr. Talinn Phillips

Certificate code: CTWRIT

How to Enroll

Admissions Information

Certificate Requirements

Program Overview

The Writing Certificate provides students of all majors (except English) the opportunity to enhance their writing abilities and have this expertise appear as a credential on their transcripts. There is a national demand for employees who have strong skills in writing. For example, a survey of employers conducted for the Association of American Colleges and Universities revealed that 89 percent of those surveyed identified the ability to communicate effectively as a key intellectual skill for successful employees. This certificate provides a vehicle for enhancing the intellectual and personal development of students by allowing them to strengthen their writing skills and, at the same time, explore new topics and issues related to their personal interests.

Students must earn a B (3.0) or better in each of the courses that count toward the Writing Certificate.

English majors cannot participate in the Writing Certificate program.

Careers and Graduate School

The writing certificate will demonstrate that a student in any major has added experience in writing, thereby increasing a student’s overall marketability. In addition, the certificate will benefit students who plan to apply to graduate programs, as it will signify additional experience with writing in their own fields, as well as across the curriculum.

How to Enroll

Students can add the Writing Certificate via the Change of Major form available in the College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Student Affairs office located on the first floor of Wilson Hall (administration) on College Green; it should then be brought to the Director of the Writing Certificate Program, Dr. Talinn Phillips for approval. Once students have completed the form, they should return the signed form to the college office of Undergraduate Student Affairs.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Certificate Requirements

Certificate Hours Requirement

The writing certificate* requires a minimum of 18 hours. Students must earn a B (3.0) or better in each of the courses that count toward the writing certificate.

Core Courses

Note: Junior composition exemptions, such as those based on exemption exams, transfer credit, Honor’s Tutorial exemption, or AP English scores, do not count toward the credits required for the Writing Certificate core courses.

Complete three of the following courses:
  • ENG 2800 - Expository Writing and the Research Paper Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 2820 - Writing About Literature as Social Action Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3820 - Writing About Genre Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3850 - Writing About Culture and Society Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3860 – Composing in New Media Credit Hours: 3
Complete one of the following Junior English Composition courses to meet the General Education Tier 1 requirement:
  • ART 3000J - Criticism in the Visual Arts Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3060J - Women and Writing Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3050J – Advanced Multilingual Writing and Rhetoric Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3070J - Writing and Research in English Studies Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3080J - Writing and Rhetoric II Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3090J - Writing in the Sciences Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3100J - Writing About Environmental Sustainability Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3030J - Writing, Reading, and Rhetoric in the Professions Credit Hours: 3
  • FILM 3440J - The Practice of Film Criticism Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 3111J - Historical Research and Writing Credit Hours: 3
  • HLTH 3400J - Grant Writing for Public Health Sciences Credit Hours: 3
  • IART 3600J - Writing in the Arts Credit Hours: 3
  • JOUR 4410J - Magazine Feature Writing Credit Hours: 3
  • MGT 3100J - The Social, Legal, and Ethical Responsibilities of Business Credit Hours: 3
  • ML 3210J - Writing in Two Languages Credit Hours: 3
  • ML 3270J - Translation as Writing Credit Hours: 3
  • PBIO 4180J - Writing for the Science Researcher Credit Hours: 3
  • POLS 3050J - Writing on Political Science Topics Credit Hours: 3
  • REC 3700J - Writing for Recreation Studies Credit Hours: 3
Junior Composition Equivalency

You can also complete the university’s junior-level composition requirement by passing two junior composition equivalency (JE) courses within your program of study, or by passing one JE course within your program of study and one JE course outside your program of study, as approved by your department/school. You may use two JE courses outside your program of study, providing both courses are approved by your departments/school.

Electives

Complete 6 credit hours from the following courses. Note that two or more academic areas must be represented. Also note that other departments may add new J or JE courses to the curriculum each year. The Writing Certificate Director can approve electives substitutions of any university-designated J or JE courses that have not yet been listed below.

  • ART 3000J - Criticism in the Visual Arts Credit Hours: 3
  • CE 4000 – Societal Concerns in Civil Engineering Credit Hours: 3
  • CE 4280 – Experimental Methods in Civil Engineering Credit Hours: 3
  • CHE 2010 – Mass and Energy Balances II Credit Hours: 3
  • CHE 4110 – Unit Operations Lab I Credit Hours: 3
  • CLAS 2340 - Classical Mythology Credit Hours: 3
  • CLAS 2530 - Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World Credit Hours: 3
  • CLAS 2550 - Pagan to Christian in Late Antiquity Credit Hours: 3
  • CLAS 3120 - Greek Tragedy and Comedy Credit Hours: 3
  • CLWR 2220 - Difficult Dialogues: Religion, Gender and Sexuality Credit Hours: 3
  • CLWR 3330 - Introduction to Islam Credit Hours: 3
  • CLWR 3340 - Hinduism Credit Hours: 3
  • CLWR 3360 - Theories of Religion Credit Hours: 3
  • CLWR 4330 - Political Islam Credit Hours: 3
  • CLWR 4340 - Sufism-Mysticism and Asceticism in Islam Credit Hours: 3
  • CLWR 4410 - Contemporary Religious Thought Credit Hours: 3
  • COMS 3400 – Introduction to Health Communication Credit Horus: 3
  • COMS 3500 – Introduction to Organizational Communication Credit Hours: 3
  • COMS 3600 – Introduction to Communication in Public Advocacy Credit Hours: 3
  • COMS 3603 - Contemporary Culture and Rhetoric Credit Hours: 3
  • COMS 3620 - Rhetorical Analysis and Criticism Credit Hours: 3
  • COMS 4630 - Rhetoric and Electronic Media Credit Hours: 3
  • EDEC 3120 – Observing young Children for Reading Strategies and Skills Credit Hours: 3
  • EDEC 4200- Philosophy and Theories of Child Development and Education Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3050J – Advanced Multilingual Writing Credit Hours 3
  • ENG 3060J - Women and Writing Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3070J - Writing and Research in English Studies Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3080J - Writing and Rhetoric II Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3090J - Writing in the Sciences Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3100J - Writing About Environmental Sustainability Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3840J - Writing, Reading, and Rhetoric in the Professions Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3610 - Creative Writing: Fiction Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3620 - Creative Writing: Poetry Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3630 - Creative Writing: Nonfiction Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 4910 - English Internship Credit Hours: 1.0-9.0
  • FILM 3430 - Screenwriting Credit Hours: 3
  • FILM 3440J - The Practice of Film Criticism Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOG 3250 - Political Geography Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOG 3260 - Urban Geography Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOG 3270 - Social Geographies Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOG 3310 - Geography of Africa Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOG 4450 - Gender, Environment, and Development Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOL 3500 - Stratigraphy-Sedimentology Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOL 4510 - Diagenesis Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOL 4520 - Depositional Environments Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOL 4660 – Geodynamics: The Earth’s Interior Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOL 4940 - Senior Thesis Credit Hours: 1.0-5.0
  • HIST 3111J - Historical Research and Writing Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 3143 - American Social and Cultural History, 1820-1890 Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 3202 - Women's Health and Medicine in U.S. History Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 3232 - History of Brazil Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 3270 - Slavery in the Americas Credit Hours: 3
  • HLTH 3400J - Grant Writing for Public Health Sciences Credit Hours: 3
  • IART 3600J - Writing in the Arts Credit Hours: 3
  • ISE 2100 – Data Management and Display Credit Hours: 3
  • ISE 3340 -  Work Design Credit Hours: 3
  • JOUR 3310 – Reporting Public Issues Credit Hours: 3
  • JOUR 3630 - Reviewing and Criticism Credit Hours: 3
  • JOUR 3700 -  Advertising and Public Relations Writing Credit Hours: 3
  • JOUR 4410J - Magazine Feature Writing Credit Hours: 3
  • JOUR 4700 – Sportswriting Credit Hours: 3
  • LAT 3110 - Latin Prose and Poetry I Credit Hours: 3
  • LAT 3120 - Latin Prose and Poetry II Credit Hours: 3
  • LAT 4900 - Special Topics in Latin Literature Credit Hours: 3
  • MDIA 2200 - Script Analysis and Production Planning Credit Hours: 3
  • MDIA 2201 - Short Form Media Scriptwriting Credit Hours: 3
  • MDIA 3201 -  Screenwriting: The Adaptation Credit Hours: 3
  • ME 3510 – Computer Aided Design Credit Hours: 3
  • ME 4880 – Experimental Design Lab Credit Hours: 3
  • MGT 3100J - The Social, Legal, and Ethical Responsibilities of Business Credit Hours: 3
  • ML 3210J - Writing in Two Languages Credit Hours: 3
  • ML 3270J - Translation as Writing Credit Hours: 3
  • PBIO 4180J - Writing for the Science Researcher Credit Hours: 3
  • PBIO 4941 - Undergraduate Research/Written Presentation Credit Hours: 1.0-4.0
  • PBIO 4945H - Thesis Credit Hours: 2.0-4.0
  • POLS 3050J - Writing on Political Science Topics Credit Hours: 3
  • REC 3700J - Writing for Recreation Studies Credit Hours: 3
  • THAR 1730 - Fundamentals of Play Analysis and Playwriting Credit Hours: 3
  • THAR 2510 - Introduction to Playwriting Credit Hours: 3
  • THAR 3510 - Playwriting Revision Technique Credit Hours: 3
  • THAR 3511 - Playwriting Style and Voice Credit Hours: 3
  • THAR 4510 - Advanced Playwriting Credit Hours: 3
  • THAR 4520 - Playwriting Senior Project Credit Hours: 3
  • WGSS 4800 - Capstone in Women's and Gender Studies Credit Hours: 3
  • WGSS 4810J - Writing Gender Credit Hours: 3

*The Writing Certificate curriculum was revised for the 2018-19 University Catalog. Students who entered the certificate under previous catalogs can find their requirements by consulting their DARS or the appropriate University Catalog on the Registrar’s website.

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