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The Undergraduate Certificate in Professional and Public Writing is an 18-hour program open to all FIU undergraduate students. Firmly grounded in rhetoric, the certificate provides an opportunity for students interested in improving their written, oral and digital communications skills in preparation for their professional careers and civic responsibilities.

Students will be advised to select courses based upon their professional interests. They might focus the certificate in areas such as technical writing, scientific and environmental writing or community-based writing.

  • Courses

    Prerequisites: ENC 1101 and 1102 or equivalent or ENC 2304. Transfer students who take ENC 2304 and an additional 3000 level ENC class (either ENC 3311 or 3213) to fulfill core curriculum ENC requirements must take an additional 18 hours above core requirements to earn the certificate.

    Required Course:

    • ENC 3371 Rhetorical Theory and Practice Writing Core (3)

    Writing Core (6 credits):

    • ENC 3213 Professional and Technical Writing (3)
    • ENC 3249 Professional and Technical Writing for Computing (3)
    • ENC 3311 Advanced Writing and Research (3)
    • ENC 3354 Writing as Social Action (3)
    • ENC 3363 Writing about the Environment (3)
    • ENC 3416 Writing & New Media Digital Literacy (3)

    Digital Literacy (3 credits):

    • CGS 2060 Introduction to Microcomputers (3)
    • CGS 2518 Computer Data Analysis (3)
    • COP 3835 Designing Web Pages (3)

    Writing Electives (6 credits):

    • ENC 3204 Advanced Business Writing
    • ENC 3334 Introduction to Writing Studies
    • ENC 3378 Writing Across Borders
    • ENC 3491 Processes of Writing
    • ENC 3492 Interdisciplinary Writing for Writing Fellows
    • ENC 4241 Scientific Writing
    • ENC 4260 Advanced Professional Writing
    • ENC 4331 Writing, Rhetoric, and Community
    • ENC 4357 How to Go Public
    • ENC 4373 Alternative Writing and Rhetorics
    • ENC 4930 Special Topics in Composition
    • CRW 4211 Writing Creative Non-Fiction
    • CRW 4930 Special Topics in Creative Writing (Non-Fiction only)
    • LIN 4680 Modern English Grammar
    • SPN 3440 Spanish Business Composition/ Correspondence

    For more information, consult the Certificate Catalog

  • Application

    Current degree-seeking students only need to submit the Change of Program/Plan form to add a certificate. All other certificate applicants should complete the application form below and submit to the department for approval. Currently enrolled degree-seeking students do not need to re-submit residency documents. Approved certificate applications will be forwarded to the Registrar for processing.

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