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Media, Writing, and Communications Certificate in Professional Writing

Diploma Description

The fully online Certificate in Professional Writing highlights real-life professional scenarios as a way to build practical skills for mid-level professionals in the areas of writing and editing. A strong emphasis on intercultural communication and communication technologies is embedded across the curriculum. In each course, students will craft professional-quality portfolio pieces from course work that can be used to demonstrate their ability to meet the growing employment demand for professional communication skills.

Students will focus on writing and editing a variety of professional documents across digital and traditional formats; crafting compelling narratives that match the tone and intentions of a company, brand, or campaign; and using writing as tool for self-promotion and professional development.

This certificate must be completed within three years of taking the first certificate-eligible course. The certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete the two required courses and the three elective courses listed below, which can be substituted with other Media, Writing, and Communications certificate courses, pending departmental review and approval.

Must be completed within

3 years

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT GIVE YOU THE SKILLS AND TRAINING YOU NEED TO START YOUR NEW CAREER

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT PROVIDE FOUNDATIONAL INFORMATION IN THE FIELD WITH OPTIONS TO SPECIALIZE IN AN AREA RELEVANT TO YOUR NEEDS

REQUIRED COURSES

All Courses Required

Professional Writing: Content, Purpose, and Audience

This foundational course introduces critical practices of professional writing, focusing on common documents across digital and traditional formats.

2020 Fall
1 section

Writing and Leadership

Practice core business writing skills, and work to evaluate and communicate a professional identity internally and externally.

ELECTIVE COURSE

Complete 3

Strategic Communications and Corporate Storytelling

Learn to craft compelling narratives that match the tone and intentions of a company, brand, or communication campaign.

2020 Fall
1 section

Writing for Self-Promotion and Performance Coaching

Develop the habits of using workplace writing as a tool for self-promotion, professional development, and performance coaching.

Global Presentations: Words, Images, and Data

Build the knowledge, skills, and oral proficiency to organize and participate in global presentations, including reports, negotiations, and pitches.

General Admission Requirements

For those who have completed some college Completion of 32 credits with at least 2 years work experience OR 60 credits with no work experience required