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University of Pittsburgh    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 12, 2024
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Writing Certificate

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The Certificate in Writing is a 21-credit program designed for those who desire to improve their writing skills. In today’s world, the skillful use of the written word is fundamental. This program consists of academic courses taught by faculty of the Department of English. Participants may choose electives to focus on a particular style of writing or to obtain an overview of several writing styles. The program also offers internships with local media, including newspapers, magazines, and television.

Who should participate:
  • Students already enrolled in a degree program in the College of General Studies who wish to concentrate on the development of writing skills
  • Those who already have a degree, but who wish to develop their writing skills for personal or professional advancement
  • People seeking to embark upon writing as a profession
Upon completion of this certificate, participants will be able to:
  • Write clearly and accurately
  • Apply writing skills to both fiction and nonfiction works
  • Understand different forms and techniques used in various types of writing

This certificate is applicable to fields such as media, industrial organizations, governmental agencies, community groups, service providers, and businesses. Skilled writers may work in any organization or field.

Admission requirements

Students must meet requirements for admission to the College of General Studies. A certificate application form must be completed and returned to the College of General Studies. To avoid a late fee, you should complete this process when registering for courses. Students must have completed a Seminar in Composition course or its equivalent before registering for any of the following classes.

Obtaining the certificate

To receive the certificate, you must fill out an application with your academic advisor prior to completing your last term in the program. Check with your advisor for the application filing form and deadlines, and be sure all requirements for the certificate have been met. To avoid a late fee, you should complete this process when registering for the term.

Curriculum (21 credits)

In addition to Seminar in Composition, students must complete seven courses (21 credits). These classes should include two English writing courses (6 credits) and five English writing electives (15 credits).

  • A minimum of five of the required seven courses must be completed at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • No course will be accepted for certificate credit with a grade below C, and no course will be accepted as a prerequisite for a higher-level course if the grade earned is lower than a C

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