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Professional Writing


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A minor in professional writing will compliment any major and serve as a foundation to be successful in your career.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers asked employers what attributes they looked for on a candidate’s résumé, and employers routinely cite written communication skills. In fact, in 2016, more than 70 percent said they wanted to hire good writers—making writing one of the most sought-after attributes for new professionals.

With every job requiring writing skills, the professional writing certificate compliments any major.  Whether you are writing an email to a client or a memorandum to a manager, surveying a site as an engineer or customers as a marketing consultant, negotiating prices as a farmer or contracts as an entrepreneur, recording treatments as a physical therapist or witness statements as a police officer.

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The classes to complete the requirement for the professional writing certificate include:

Course No. Course Name Hours
Eng 10-315 Writing for the Professions 3
Eng 10-430 Writing for the Online Age 3
Eng 10-515 Advanced Professional Writing 3


Eng 10-203 Writing and Rhetoric 3
Eng 10-512 Publication Skills 3

Total Hours


Some of the courses may be completed online.

Students build the skills in written communication and critical thinking that employers demand. The Professional Writing Certificate will appear on transcripts and can be listed résumés.

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