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College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Certificate in Professional and Technical Writing

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In the Professional and Technical Writing Certificate program, students learn the writing, research, technological, and analytical strategies necessary for proficient writing in the 21st-century workplace. Graduates will be able to express themselves efficiently, ethically, and with style in the genres and modalities used in professional and technical writing. Foundational concepts, knowledge, and practices are developed in an introductory course. 

Students then tailor their program by selecting courses in technical writing, professional writing, editing, and other areas based on their career goals. The program is ideal for students whose career aspirations include grant writing, publishing and editing, public relations and marketing, administration, or technical writing.

The field of professional and technical communication encompasses a number of related disciplines that include:

  • Information design
  • Technical writing
  • Technical editing
  • Instructional design
  • User experience design
  • Document design
  • Training design
  • Marketing
  • Web design

The program consists of 12 credit hours taken from the following courses, all of which are three credit hours:
Required:

  • ENGL3010 Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing

Select 3.

  • ENGL3030 Technical Writing
  • ENGL3060 Business and Professional Writing
  • ENGL4170 Writing for Digital Media
  • ENGL4924 Internship in Writing and Editing (no more than three hours may be done through internship)
  • ENGL 4973 Editing and Editors
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Official Name of the Certificate

Certificate in Professional and Technical Writing

Modality

This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.

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