Writing Certificate Program

What is the Writing Certificate Program?

Students who successfully complete eighteen hours of approved writing courses at UD, submit a writing portfolio, and pass an impromptu writing task will receive writing certification from the English Department. A statement indicating the student has been awarded the Writing Certificate will be included in his or her official University transcripts. 

Who is Eligible?

A student from any major who anticipates a career that will require excellent writing skills and who would like to be able to demonstrate his or her preparedness to potential employers. 

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What are the Specific Requirements?

A student must receive a grade of “B” or higher in each of the [link to below] approved courses and distribute the 18 hours of course work in the following manner:

12 hours must be upper-level courses

3 hours in either ENG 272 (Writing About Research) or 316 (Elements of Style)

6 hours of additional approved English courses

9 hours of additional approved courses within or outside the English Department

No more than 6 hours in creative writing courses

Once a student has completed the 18 hours, he or she must submit a writing portfolio to the Certificate Coordinator in the English Department. This portfolio must contain 3-4 writing assignments completed in each course.

If the portfolio is approved by the Writing Certificate Committee, the student will sit for a final, impromptu writing task during the last month of the final semester.

If the impromptu writing task is approved by the Writing Certificate Committee, the student will be awarded the Writing Certificate. A statement indicating the student has been awarded the Writing Certificate will be included in his or her official University transcripts. 

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When should students apply?

Students can apply for entry into the Writing Certificate Program after they have successfully completed their reading and writing general competencies requirements. They must apply, however, before the first term of their senior years. 

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How do students apply?

Interested students should fill out the application form and talk to the Certificate Coordinator, Lori Phillips-Young: Humanities Room 246, 937-229-3449.

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Approved Courses

English

  • 272 Writing About Research
  • 282 Intro to Writing Poetry
  • 284 Intro to Writing Fiction
  • 308 Advanced Writing of Poetry
  • 310 Advanced Writing of Fiction
  • 312 Advanced Writing of Drama
  • 315 Creative Nonfiction
  • 316 Elements of Style
  • 370 Report & Proposal Writing
  • 371 Technical Communication
  • 372 Business Writing
  • 373 Medical Writing
  • 375 Rhetoric of the Web
  • 376 Topics in Writing
  • 379 Rhetoric of Science
  • 474 Argumentation
  • 476 Composition Theory
  • 489 Rhetorical Criticism

Communication

  • 330 Media Writing
  • 331 Feature Writing
  • 332 Publication Design
  • 333 Free-lance Writing
  • 343 Scriptwriting for Electronic Media
  • 344 Multimedia Design and Production
  • 350 Propaganda Analysis
  • 353 Speech Writing
  • 360 Principles of Public Relations
  • 430 Copyediting
  • 431 Public Affairs Reporting
  • 439 Special Topics in Journalism* (must be writing-related)
  • 440 Broadcast News
  • 444 Multimedia Design & Production
  • 460 Public Relations Writing
  • 461 Public Relations Campaigns

Art

  • VAD 211 Fundamentals of Visual Communication Design
  • VAD 245 Typography I
  • VAD 345 Typography II
  • VAD 360 Design for the Internet
  • VAD 411 Graphic Design I
  • VAD 412 Graphic Design II
  • VAD 415 Graphic Design III

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