Lecturer Shirley Mathews' Intro to Journalism class, ENG 202, ask campus police questions during a press conference. - Photo by Jeff Janowski
Certificate in Professional Writing
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
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.
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.
- Login to UNCWSeaPort.
- Under the "Student Services" tab, click on "Major declaration/Curricular updates."
- Select "Add new degree."
- 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
- Click "Add Degree."
Twenty-one hours are required to earn the certificate. See the printable worksheet for a checklist of requirements.
Mandatory courses (12 hours)
- 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 (requires a 3.0 major GPA)
Remaining hours (9 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 also may be counted toward the 21 hours.