Professional Writing, Certificate

Certificate
Campuses: Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Woodbridge

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. 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: 31 total credits. All students must complete ENG 111 (or its equivalent) in the first semester of Certificate study. Students must complete a core of 18 credits of professional writing courses and 9 credits of elective courses. All students must complete the 3-credit ENG 298 (Seminar and Project) in the final semester of Certificate study.

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.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

One Year Credits
1st Semester
Choose One
CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3
CST 227 Business and Professional Communication
1ENG 111 College Composition I 3
1ENG 115 Technical Writing 3
Choose One
ENG 114 Scientific Writing 3
ENG 116 Writing for Business
2 Professional Writing Elective 3
3SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total 16
2nd Semester
ENG 205 Technical Editing 3
ENG 123 Writing for the World Wide Web 3
2 Professional Writing Elective 3
2 Professional Writing Elective 3
4ENG 298 Seminar and Project 3
Total 15
Total credits for the Certificate = 31
One Year Credits
1st Semester
Choose One
CST
110
3
CST
227
1ENG
111
3
1ENG
115
3
Choose One
ENG
114
3
ENG
116
Professional Writing Elective
2
3
3SDV
100
1
Total 16
2nd Semester
ENG
205
3
ENG
123
3
Professional Writing Elective
2
3
Professional Writing Elective
2
3
Seminar and Project
4ENG
298
3
Total 15
Total credits for the 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, and ENG 280. For Non- English approved elective select from: 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 to a 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.

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