Student resources

Randall Library

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.

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.

Studying

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.

Shirley Mathews' Intro to Journalism class, ENG 202, asks campus police questions furing a press conference.-Photo by Jeff Janowski

Shirley Mathews' Intro to Journalism class, ENG 202, ask campus police questions during a press conference. - Photo by Jeff Janowski

Certificate in Professional Writing

About

Skill with written communication is crucial to career advancement in business, technology fields, the sciences, and other professional environments. A graduate in any discipline who is credentialed as a professional writer has greatly increased employability. The Certificate in Professional Writing advances writing skills by providing foundational education in rhetoric, design, and editing, and offering courses in areas including:

  • Business Writing
  • Science Writing
  • Multimedia Writing
  • Journalism
  • Publishing

The certificate’s Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) shape the overall program of study.

The Certificate of Professional Writing is a separate credential that does not replace a student’s major or minor. Any UNCW undergraduate may earn the certificate by completing 21 hours of coursework, including a writing internship (which requires a 3.0 major GPA). The student’s transcript will list the certificate along with other degrees earned.

Registration

The Certificate in Professional Writing appears in UNCW's catalog as a certificate degree option. See below for simple steps to register for the certificate.

  1. Login to UNCWSeaPort.
  2. Under the “Academics” tab, click on “Major declaration/Curricular updates.”
  3. Select “Add new degree.”
  4. Under “Add new degree,” select the following four drop-down options:
    • Valid Catalogs: current semester
    • Valid Colleges: College of Arts & Sciences
    • Valid Degrees: Certificate
    • Valid Majors: Certificate-Prof Writing
  5. Click “Add Degree.”
Registering for the Certificate in Professional Writing

Requirements

Catalog year Fall 2016 and after

21 hours (printable worksheet):

  • ENG 204: Introduction to Professional Writing
  • ENG 309: Technical Editing or ENG 310: Editing for Journalism and Mass Media
  • ENG 314: Digital Composing or ENG 319: Document Design
  • ENG 498: Internship in Writing (requires a 3.0 major GPA)
  • Three additional writing courses (ENG 202, 302, 303, 305, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 388, 389, 393, 404, 412, 414, 417, 498)

Catalog year Summer 2016 and before

21 hours (printable worksheet):

  • ENG 204: Introduction to Professional Writing
  • ENG 309: Technical Editing or ENG 310: Editing for Journalism and Mass Media
  • ENG 314: Digital Composing or ENG 319: Document Design
  • ENG 498: Internship in Writing (requires a 3.0 major GPA)
  • Three additional writing courses (ENG 202, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 388, 389, 393, 404, 412, 414, 417, 496)
  • Approved writing courses in other departments also may be counted toward the 21 hours.

 


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