Writing (Liberal Arts and Sciences)  (Certificate)

Powerful communication can take you anywhere you want to go. Enhance your writing and communication skills and learn how to apply this knowledge in a variety of disciplines and professional settings.

Program Description

The writing certificate program provides advanced writing instruction for students in any major. Students in the program gain practical skills in effective communication and enhance their ability to create, structure and present information in a variety of contexts.

ASU's Department of English in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has an extensive internship program, with opportunities for placements in publishing, media and marketing, government, teaching English as a second language, nonprofits and film festivals. The Department of English also boasts top online programs, rigorous undergraduate research opportunities and options for cultural and community involvement.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Program Requirements

Application to the program requires a minimum GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in ENG 101 and ENG 102, ENG 105, or ENG 107 and ENG 108. Students must also have completed at least 30 credit hours of coursework.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Enrollment Requirements

The writing certificate program consists of 19 credit hours, at least 12 of which must be completed at the upper-division level. A minimum of six upper-division credit hours must be courses offered by the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better.

Required courses are as follows:

ENG 216 Persuasive Writing on Public Issues, L (3) or ENG 301 Writing for the Professions, L (3)
ENG 372 Document Production, L (3)
ENG 412 Creative Nonfiction (3)
ENG 472 Rhetorical Studies, L (3)
ENG 484 Internship: Writing Certificate Internship (3)
ENG 498 Pro-Seminar: Writing Certificate Portfolio, L (1)

Also required is an additional writing course in English (three credit hours) or a writing or design course (three credit hours) selected from an approved list of courses. Please see an advisor for a list of approved course options.

All students are required to submit a portfolio before receiving the certificate.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Program Contact Information

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