Student resources

Getting library help is often your first step in any writing assignment. This set of links will help you get started.

Writing Center

This free, one-on-one tutoring center will help you focus and revise your compositions. Here are some resources.

Writing Center

This free, one-on-one tutoring center will help you focus and revise your compositions. Here are some online handouts to get you started.

Hours

Click on the link to bring up the current Writing Center hours.

navigating the center

Don't know how to schedule an appointment? Confused as to what you should bring to your Writing Center consultation? Everything is answered here.

How to study

If deadlines make you tear out your hair, here is a nice place to start. Check out the study guides, sample timetables, handouts and links at this Writing Center page.

 

Aja Winstead (r) celebrates with Ray Winstead her induction into the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta.

Certificate in Professional Writing

Hours needed

A UNCW undergraduate student in any major may earn certification in professional writing by completing 21 hours of course work, including a writing internship (which requires a 3.0 GPA in your major). Courses include the following areas:

  • Technical Writing
  • Business Writing
  • Journalism
  • Writing for the Sciences
  • Computer-Related Writing

Skill in written communication is an invaluable asset for careers in the sciences, the business world, and the professions, and it is a key to career advancement. A graduate in any field who is also credentialed as a professional writer has greatly increased employability. The student’s transcript lists the Certificate along with degrees earned.

Requirements

Twenty-one hours are required to earn the certificate, as follows

  • Students must complete::
    • ENG 204: Introduction to Professional Writing
    • ENG 309: Technical Editing or ENG 310: Theory and Practice of Editing
    • ENG 314: Writing and Technology or ENG 319: Document Design
    • ENG 498: Internship in Writing *

Remaining hours

Remaining hours are taken in writing courses, including the following:

  • ENG 202: Introduction to Journalism
  • ENG 302: Journalism Workshop
  • ENG 303: Reading and Writing Arguments
  • ENG 304: Writing for Teachers
  • ENG 305: Professional Review Writing
  • ENG 306: Essay Writing
  • ENG 307: Advanced Composition Studies
  • ENG 309: Technical Editing
  • ENG 310: Theory and Practice of Editing
  • ENG 311: Professional Magazine Writing
  • ENG 312: Writing for Business
  • ENG 313: Writing for the Sciences
  • ENG 314: Writing and Technology
  • ENG 315: Topics in Writing and Rhetoric
  • ENG 316: Analyzing Style
  • ENG 317: Writing About Film
  • ENG 318: Writing and Activism
  • ENG 319: Document Design
  • ENG 388: Rhetorical Theory to 1900
  • ENG 389: Rhetorical Theory Since 1900
  • ENG 496: Senior Seminar in Writing and Rhetoric
  • Approved writing courses in other departments may also be counted toward the 21 hours.

Worksheets

  • Approved writing courses in other departments may also be counted toward the 21 hours.

See the printable worksheet for a checklist of course requirements.

* To be eligible for the internship, you must have at least a 3.0 GPA in your major.

More of what to expect from this course of study on our Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) page. (opens as a PDF)

 


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