Writing Certificate Program

Stand out from the crowd.

Writing ability is the number-one skill set employers look for. The writing certificate program is a supplemental certification for any student, providing not only a good resume builder, but also an official qualification listed on the student’s transcript.

Am I eligible and when can I apply?

Undergraduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to participate in the program.  After you have completed ENG 200 or 200H or ASI 120, you may apply, but you must apply before the first term of your senior year. 

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What are the specific requirements?

There are three requirements for the Writing Certificate:

  1. Complete 18 semester hours of approved courses with a grade of “B” or higher. The 18 credit hours must include:
    - 3 hours in either ENG 272 Writing & Research or ENG 316 Elements of Style
    - 6 hours in additional approved English courses
    - 9 hours in additional writing courses, which may include approved courses in English, Communication, and Art & Design
    Note: 12 hours must be upper-level (300-, 400-level courses); No more than 6 hours in creative writing courses.
  2. Submit a portfolio with polished writing samples to the Writing Certificate Coordinator
  3. Pass a final writing task that will be evaluated by the Writing Certificate Committee. Upon completion, a statement noting the credential will be posted to your official transcript.

Where can I find more information and how can I apply?

Contact Lori Phillips-Young, Writing Certificate Program Coordinator at lphilipsyoung1@udayton.edu or visit her in HM 246.

Approved courses

Updated in March 2016.

English
  • 272 Writing & Research
  • 282 Intro to Writing Poetry
  • 284 Intro to Writing Fiction (Fall 2016)
  • 308 Advanced Writing of Poetry
  • 310 Advanced Writing of Fiction (Fall 2016)
  • 312 Advanced Writing of Drama
  • 315 Creative Nonfiction (Fall 2016)
  • 316 Elements of Style (Fall 2016)
  • 368 Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing
  • 369 Writing in Organizations
  • 370 Report & Proposal Writing (Fall 2016)
  • 371 Technical Communication (Fall 2016)
  • 372 Business and Professional Writing (Fall 2016)
  • 373 Writing for the Health Professions (Fall 2016)
  • 375 Writing for the Web (Fall 2016)
  • 376 Topics in Writing
  • 377 Writing in Social Contexts
  • 386 Genre in Writing (Fall 2016)
  • 379 Rhetoric of Science
  • 474 Argument and Style
  • 475 Usability in Technical Writing
  • 491 Composition Theory (Fall 2016)
  • 485 Internship in Writing (can earn up to 6 credit hours per internship)
  • 489 Rhetorical Criticism
Communication
  • 330 Media Writing (Fall 2016)
  • 331 Feature Writing (Fall 2016)
  • 332 Publication Design (Fall 2016)
  • 333 Free-lance Writing (Fall 2016)
  • 343 Scriptwriting for Electronic Media (Writing for the Media) (Fall 2016)
  • 344 Multimedia Design and Production (Fall 2016)
  • 350 Propaganda Analysis (Fall 2016)
  • 353 Speech Writing
  • 360 Principles of Public Relations (Fall 2016)
  • 430 Copyediting (Fall 2016)
  • 431 Public Affairs Reporting (Fall 2016)
  • 439 Special Topics in Journalism* (must be writing-related)
  • 440 Broadcast News
  • 444 Multimedia Design & Production
  • 460 Public Relations Writing (Fall 2016)
  • 461 Public Relations Campaigns (Fall 2016)
Art and Graphic Design
  • VAD 211 Fundamentals of Visual Communication Design
  • VAD 245 Typography I
  • VAD 345 Typography II (Fall 2016)
  • VAD 360 Web Design
  • VAD 411 Graphic Design I
  • VAD 412 Graphic Design II (Fall 2016)
  • VAD 415 Graphic Design III

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