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College Catalog 2018-2019

Professional Writing
Offered through AL, AN, LO, MA, WO
CIP Code: 23.1101

The Professional Writing Certificate program prepares candidates to compose documents and manage professional communications for a variety of contemporary professions, including business, military, medicine, government, science, and industry. Writers will gain expertise in composing, designing, and editing electronic texts, as well as a comprehensive foundation in grammar and punctuation. Students may tailor their preparation for particular writing environments by selecting from a variety of elective courses in journalism, technical report writing, graphic design, writing for publication, writing for the Web, social media, and communications. Students may also incorporate a professional internship into the Certificate program.

Advising Note:
Students are strongly encouraged to meet with a professional writing advisor before enrolling in Certificate classes or as early as possible in their first semester of enrollment.
Completion Requirements: Students must complete ENG 111 (or its equivalent) in the first semester of Certificate, a total of 18 credits of core professional writing courses plus 9 credits of elective courses. Complete ENG 298 (Seminar and Project) in the final semester of Certificate.

Credit for Prior Learning:
Students in this program may be eligible for credit for prior learning and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

One Year Credits
1st Semester
CST 110 Introduction to Communication or 3
  CST  227  Business and Professional Communications  
1ENG 111 College Composition I 3
1ENG 115 Technical Writing 3
ENG 114 Scientific Writing or 3
  ENG  116  Writing for Business  
2___ ___ Professional Writing Elective 3
3SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total   16
2nd Semester
ENG 123 Writing for the World Wide Web 3
ENG 205 Technical Editing 3
2___ ___ Professional Writing Elective 3
2___ ___ Professional Writing Elective 3
4ENG 298 Seminar and Project 3
Total   15
Total credits for the Professional Writing Certificate=31

1 Students must complete ENG 111 and (or its equivalent) in the first semester of their registration.

2 Should be selected in consultation with an academic advisor. English approved electives are; ENG 114, ENG 116, ENG 121, ENG 131, ENG 135, ENG 200, ENG 210, ENG 280. For Non-English elective; ART 209, ART 116, ART 251, ART 283 and ART 284, BUS 100, CST 115, LGL 126, MKT 201, MKT 221, MKT 284, and other courses that may relate specific area of professional writing.

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

4 Students must complete ENG 298 in their final semester of Certificate study.