Certificate in Professional Writing
The certificate in professional writing is designed for students who want to learn about - and prepare to meet - the writing and other communication challenges found in business, nonprofit, governmental, and community settings. It is designed for students who want a highly structured program that provides the broad-based research, writing, and editing skills necessary to excel in any field or profession.
The certificate program in professional writing is open both to undergraduate students at Webster and to members of the larger community, including those who already have bachelor's degrees.
Upon completion of the program, students should be able to:
- analyze the purpose, audience, and context of a specific writing task and use that analysis to complete the task effectively
- conduct a variety of types of research, including library research, interviews, and surveys, essential to many professional writing tasks
- understand and follow the conventions of specific types of documents produced in professional settings, including feasibility reports, grant proposals, and business plans
- plan and write collaboratively with others.critique and edit their own writing rhetorical effectiveness as well as style usage
- understand and apply the basic principles of successful web-based communication.employ principles of effective visual design
To receive the certificate in professional writing, students must complete 18 credit hours with a grade of C or better in each course. For complete information, review the program requirements.
Portfolio Review: Students who begin the certificate in professional writing in the 2007-08 academic year or later must submit a portfolio in order to graduate. Students will enroll in WRIT 4600: Professional Writing Portfolio Review (0 credit hours) in their final semester of undergraduate study. Students must pass WRIT 4600: Professional Writing Portfolio Review in order to receive the certificate in professional writing.