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Degrees and Requirements

Professional and Creative Writing Certificate

Requirements: 21 credits

Students who wish to obtain the Certificate in Professional and Creative Writing must complete the equivalent of ENGL1011 and ENGL1012 as prerequisites to acceptance into the program. Twenty-one (21) credits will be required for the Certificate. No more than 9 credits may be transferred from another institution.

Summary of Requirements

Choose 15 credits from the following:

  • ENGL2025

    ENGL2025

    Credits (Min/Max): /

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ENGL2029
    BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS

    ENGL2029
    BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to teach students best practices in both written and oral business communication. Types of communications include: business letters, emails, reports, executive summaries, cover letters, resumes, PowerPoint presentations, and the job interview.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ENGL3011
    READINGS IN CREATIVE NON-FICTION

    ENGL3011
    READINGS IN CREATIVE NON-FICTION

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will provide students with a broad understanding and practical exposure to the craft of contemporary American creative nonfiction, sometimes called literary journalism. Students will read and respond to two anthologies and one book-length work, while acquiring the skills needed to produce their own creative nonfiction works.

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012 or ENGL1012H

  • ENGL3031
    JOURNALISM I

    ENGL3031
    JOURNALISM I

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This is an introductory course in journalistic style and a variety of media formats. Students learn editing, interviewing and reporting skills.

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • ENGL3032
    JOURNALISM II

    ENGL3032
    JOURNALISM II

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This is an advanced course in newspaper writing, focusing primarily on the production of a variety of news stories. Special emphasis is placed on research, interviewing and advanced reporting skills.

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • ENGL3034
    WRITING FOR ADVERTISING

    ENGL3034
    WRITING FOR ADVERTISING

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to teach students how to write advertising copy that targets various audiences and employs multiple venues: print, radio, TV, and the internet.

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • ENGL3035
    WRITING FOR BROADCAST AND SOCIALMEDIA

    ENGL3035
    WRITING FOR BROADCAST AND SOCIALMEDIA

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A course designed to give students practice in the writing of copy for the broadcast media. Included is the writing of news and sports reports, commercials, features and documentaries, interview techniques, and mini-dramas.

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012

  • ENGL3042
    WRITING FOR NON-PROFITS

    ENGL3042
    WRITING FOR NON-PROFITS

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to teach the basic principles of public relations and grant writing for non-profit organizations, combining both theory and practice.

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • ENGL3044

    ENGL3044

    Credits (Min/Max): /

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012 or ENGL1012H

  • ENGL3045
    WRITING AND PUBLISHING FICTION

    ENGL3045
    WRITING AND PUBLISHING FICTION

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This special topics course enables students to develop the craft of fiction-writing. Subjects to be covered include audience, point of view, characterization, world-building, story arc, dialogue, editing/revising, and publication. Students will develop works of fiction with the support of a publishing writer and the other members of the workshop, and will be provided guidance in submitting polished works for possible publication.

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • ENGL3064
    WRITING CREATIVE NONFICTION

    ENGL3064
    WRITING CREATIVE NONFICTION

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course expands upon the material taught in Journalism I, Journalism II, and Readings in Creative Nonfiction by inviting students to produce multiple creative nonfiction pieces about, but not limited to, people, places, things, and personal essays.

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL3031

Required Courses: 6 credits

  • ENGL2030
    TECHNICAL WRITING

    ENGL2030
    TECHNICAL WRITING

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Designed to apply the basic principles of communication to technical information so that the student can learn to present complex technical messages in the clearest possible way.

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • ENGL3051
    PUBLICATION DESIGN (GCDN3051)

    ENGL3051
    PUBLICATION DESIGN (GCDN3051)

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course combines the two elements that result in publication: writing and layout. Intended for prospective designers as well as writers, the course will educate students in how words and images work together; functional art in action; font and publication personalities; logo design; newspaper and magazine design; public service publications; newsletters; and the art of popular culture. Cross-listed with GCDN3051.

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012 or ENGL1012H