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Certificate in Technical and Professional Writing

Website:  gradenglish.wcu.edu

Admission requirements are the same as Graduate School Admission Requirements. Students must apply and be accepted into the certificate program in order for the Certificate to be conferred upon completion of coursework.

Program Description

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Technical and Professional Writing is designed for students seeking advanced preparation for technical and professional writing careers in fields that regularly recruit new writers, editors, publishing assistants, or promotional talents. The program is especially targeted to those who are already working and wish to strengthen their technical and professional writing skills, learn about new media and how it affects communication and excel in writing across disciplines. The Certificate is ideal for those who are looking to advance in their current position, learn new skills, or change careers. It leads to a Certificate awarded by the Graduate School and a designation on the official transcript. Should students wish to pursue a graduate degree, the courses in the Certificate can be applied toward a MA in English.

The program requires 15 hours of course work:

Required Courses (6 hours)

  • ENGL 605 – Advanced Issues in Technical and Professional Writing
  • ENGL 607 – Technical and Professional Editing

Technical and Professional Writing Courses (9 hours)

  • ENGL 501 – Writing for Careers
  • ENGL 589 – Co-op: Writing and Editing
  • ENGL 603 – Proposal and Grant Writing
  • ENGL 604 – Writing in Electronic Environments
  • ENGL 613 – Stylistics*
  • ENGL 618 – Research Methods in English or ENGL 606 – Nonfiction Writing
  • ENGL 693 – Studies in English*

*ENGL 613 and ENGL 693 count towards the Certificate only when the special focus of the class in that semester is related to technical/professional writing. See Graduate Program Director in English to verify applicability in any given semester.

 

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