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nova 2011-2012 college catalog: Programs of Study

Professional Writing for Business,
Government, and Industry
Certificate AL, AN, LO, MA, WO

Purpose: This certificate program prepares participants to write with expertise in professional contexts. The curriculum provides skills needed by currently employed or potential writers in business, government, and industry. Writers will acquire a sound foundation in composing, editing, and formatting on computers, as well as a comprehensive grounding in grammar and punctuation. Additional courses which may be chosen as electives include instruction in journalism, technical report writing, writing for publication, writing for the Web, and intercultural communication.

Admission Requirements: The student must complete a minimum of nine credits of computer-intensive courses. Computer-intensive courses are defined as those taught on the Web and through distance learning with extensive use of computer instruction and those taught on campus in which an individual computer is provided for each student's instruction.

One Year Credits
1st Semester
CST 110 Introduction to Communication or CST 115 Small Group Communication 3
1ENG 111 College Composition I 3
1ENG 115 Technical Writing 3
2ENG ENG    Elective 3
ENG 121 Introduction to Journalism I 3
3SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total   16
2nd Semester
1ENG 116 Writing for Business 3
ENG 123 Writing for the World Wide Web 3
1ENG 135 Applied Grammar or 3
  ENG  205  Technical Editing  
ENG 280 Writing User Manuals or 3
  ENG  205  Technical Editing  
ENG 290 Coordinated Internship or ENG 297 Cooperative Education or ENG 298 Seminar and Project 3
Total   15
Total credits for the Professional Writing for Business, Government, and Industry=31

1 This course may be offered as computer-intensive, with an individual computer provided for each student’s instruction.

2 Electives should be selected in consultation with a faculty advisor. Those elective courses most appropriate for the professional writing program are ENG 122, ENG 131, ENG 210, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 295 (professional writing- related topic) and CST 229.

3 Students may substitute the SDV 101 Orientation section related to this program.