NVCC 2003-2004 Catalog
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Certificate AL, AN, LO, MA, WO, ELI*  

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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.

Special Curriculum Completion 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.

* Graduation requirements are certified by a faculty advisor at a campus offering this major.

One Year1st Semester2nd Semester

ENG111College Composition I3
ENG115Technical Writing3
   ENG121Introduction to Journalism I3
   SPD110Introduction to Speech Communication or
   SPD115 Small Group Communication3
   ENG123Writing for the World Wide Web 3
ENG116Writing for Business 3
ENG135Applied Grammar or ENG 295 Topics in: 
   Editing for the Professional 3
   ENG280Writing User Manuals or 
   ENG295 Topics in: Editing for the Professional or 
   Writing Grants and Proposals 3
   ENG290Coordinated Internship or 
   ENG297 Cooperative Education or 
   ENG298 Seminar and Project 3

Total Credits/Semester1615

Total credits for the Professional Writing for Business, Government, and Industry Certificate = 31.

1 This course may be offered as computer-intensive, with an individual computer provided for each studentís 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 123, ENG 135, ENG 210, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 295 (professional writing-related topic) and SPD 229.

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