Certificate in Writing and Publishing

About the Program

The certificate in writing and publishing (CWP) offers currently enrolled Drexel University students the opportunity for both professional and personal development through a combination of available courses in professional writing, creative writing and publishing. The certificate enhances employment opportunities, opening a broad range of professional choices in cooperative employment and in the post-degree job market as skills are acquired. The CWP improves on-the-job performance, as the student develops writing skills and associated professional knowledge.

The program develops core competencies through the synergy of writing and publishing courses. The courses develop the student's skills in writing and publishing both through theory and practical application.

General requirements

The certificate in writing and publishing allows students to achieve certification in one or more of the following tracks:

  • professional writing and publishing
  • creative writing and publishing
  • comprehensive writing and publishing (no longer accepting new students)

Each track requires the completion of a minimum of six courses (18.0 credits). Tracks can be designed to meet the professional needs and personal interests of the individual student.

Working with an advisor, students will choose not only the track but the courses within the track to develop an individually tailored program. Students can choose courses that will meet the general requirements of the program, while also satisfying their own professional and personal requirements.

Those students who have successfully completed this program will receive a certificate in writing and publishing. The transcript will indicate the completion of the CWP. This certification will indicate proficiency in written communication and familiarity with techniques in publishing in a variety of venues. The certificate program in writing and publishing highlights the student's acquisition of skills more than they would be in a list of courses on a transcript.

The completion of the certificate demonstrates the student's commitment to writing and publishing skills. It highlights writing skills of students majoring in business and technical areas; similarly, for students in the humanities and social sciences, it certifies writing and publishing skills, either in creative writing or professional writing.

Students meet with one of the two program co-directors to determine their track:

Harriet Levin Millan
Director, Certificate in Writing and Publishing
harriet.levin.millan@drexel.edu

Henry Israeli
Associate Director, Certificate in Writing and Publishing
hpi22@drexel.edu

Track Requirements

The professional writing and publishing track offers three options: business communication and publishing; technical communication and publishing; and journalism. This track is useful for business majors or students in technical or science areas who want to highlight their acquisition of writing skills. For students majoring in the humanities it provides an opportunity to develop areas of writing and publishing competencies in the professional arena. The creative writing and publishing track, is useful to all students as it encourages personal and professional development through creative writing and a knowledge of publishing. The comprehensive track is no longer accepting new students.

Note: Many majors already require one or more of the courses leading to the certificate in writing and publishing or list these courses as recommended electives

Professional Writing and Publishing Track

18.0 quarter credits

The professional writing and publishing track is useful for business majors or students in technical or science areas who want to highlight their acquisition of writing skills. For students majoring in the humanities it provides an opportunity to develop areas of writing and publishing competencies in the professional arena.

This track offers three focus options:

  • business communication and publishing: for students interested in a career in business.
  • technical communication and publishing: for students interested in engineering, science, information science and technology and careers in higher education.
  • journalism: for students interested in global journalism and international affairs.

Business Communication and Publishing

Required Courses
COM 270 [WI] Business Communication3.0
COM 350 [WI] Document Design and Evaluation3.0
or COM 375 Grant Writing
or WRIT 312 Writing for Target Audiences
Select one of the following:3.0
Science Writing
Technical, Science and Health Editing
Special Topics in Communication Theory
Graphic Design Seminar: Design Perceptions
Select one of the following:3.0
Electronic Publishing
Desktop Publishing
Graphic Design Seminar: Advanced Media (Bookmaking)
Literary Editing & Publication
Writing for -- and about -- the Web
Select two of the following:6.0
Introduction to Journalism
Investigative Journalism
Global Journalism
Food Writing
Colloquium II *
The Peer Reader in Context
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Creative Writing
Writing Poetry
Writing Fiction
Writing Humor and Comedy
Writing About the Media
Writing for Target Audiences
Special Topics in Writing
Total Credits18.0

Technical Communication and Publishing

Required Courses
COM 310 [WI] Technical Communication3.0
COM 375 [WI] Grant Writing3.0
or WRIT 312 Writing for Target Audiences
Select one of the following:3.0
Science Writing
Document Design and Evaluation
Technical, Science and Health Editing
Special Topics in Communication Theory
Graphic Design Seminar: Design Perceptions
Select one of the following:3.0
Electronic Publishing
Desktop Publishing
Graphic Design Seminar: Advanced Media (Bookmaking)
Literary Editing & Publication
Writing for -- and about -- the Web
Select any two additional Certificate in Writing and Publishing courses, including but not limited to the following:6.0
Introduction to Journalism
Investigative Journalism
Global Journalism
Food Writing
Colloquium II *
The Peer Reader in Context
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Writing Poetry
Writing Fiction
Writing Humor and Comedy
Writing About the Media
Writing for Target Audiences
Special Topics in Writing
Total Credits18.0

Journalism

Required Courses
COM 160Introduction to Journalism3.0
Select two of the following:6.0
Advanced Journalism
Investigative Journalism
Global Journalism
Select one of the following:3.0
Electronic Publishing
Desktop Publishing
Literary Editing & Publication
Writing for -- and about -- the Web
Select any two additional Certificate in Writing and Publishing courses, including but not limited to the following:6.0
Business Communication
Technical Communication
Science Writing
Grant Writing
Technical, Science and Health Editing
Food Writing
Colloquium II *
Graphic Design Seminar: Advanced Media (Bookmaking)
Graphic Design Seminar: Design Perceptions
The Peer Reader in Context
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Creative Writing
Writing Poetry
Writing Fiction
Writing Humor and Comedy
Writing About the Media
Writing for Target Audiences
Special Topics in Writing
Total Credits18.0

Creative Writing and Publishing track

18.0 quarter credits

This track is designed for students who want to develop their creative writing skills either for personal development and expression, or because they recognize that creative writing develops imagination; sharpens clarity of expression; and enhances sensitivity to other people. Creative writing is a good pre-professional concentration for pre-law, pre-med, and the social sciences. The importance of creative writing has been recognized for engineering and for business.

Select three of the following (one of which must be a 200-level course):9.0
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Creative Writing
Writing Poetry
Writing Fiction
Writing Humor and Comedy
Writing About the Media
Special Topics in Writing
Select one of the following:3.0
Electronic Publishing
Desktop Publishing
Document Design and Evaluation
Graphic Design Seminar: Advanced Media (Bookmaking)
Literary Editing & Publication
Writing for -- and about -- the Web
Internship in Publishing *
Select any two additional Certificate in Writing and Publishing courses, including but not limited to the following:6.0
Introduction to Journalism
Advanced Journalism
Business Communication
Technical Communication
Investigative Journalism
Science Writing
Document Design and Evaluation
Grant Writing
Global Journalism
Technical, Science and Health Editing
Food Writing
Colloquium II **
Graphic Design Seminar: Design Perceptions
The Peer Reader in Context
Writing for Target Audiences
Total Credits18.0

Entertainment Writing and Publishing Track

18.0 quarter credits

Entertainment Writing and Publishing is designed for students in any major who want to highlight their acquisition of writing skills. For students majoring in any entertainment field it provides an opportunity to develop areas of writing and publishing competencies in the professional entertainment field.

The track is designed for students who want to pursue writing either for personal development and expression as a personal or creative pursuit or profession. The Entertainment Writing and Publishing track will give students a strong multidisciplinary introduction to writing for a variety of entertainment professions including screenwriting, sports journalism, food writing, game writing, grant writing, and more. This track is designed for both students already studying any of the entertainment fields (such as Entertainment and Arts Management), as well as other students who are interested in exploring the field.

General Requirements
WRIT 306Writing About the Media3.0
or WRIT 226 Writing in Public Spaces
WRIT 312 [WI] Writing for Target Audiences3.0
or COM 375 Grant Writing
Select two of the following6.0
Audio Journalism
Sports Journalism
Food Writing
Media Merchandising I
Literature and Other Arts
Colloquium II **
Screenwriting I
Writing TV Comedy
Writing TV Drama
Writing Comics
Writing the Short Film
Game: Universe & Story
Writing Humor and Comedy
Select One of the Following3.0
Electronic Publishing
Desktop Publishing
Graphic Design Seminar: Advanced Media ((Bookmaking))
Literary Editing & Publication
Writing for -- and about -- the Web
Internship in Publishing *
Select one of the following3.0
Introduction to Journalism
Business Communication
Technical, Science and Health Editing
The Peer Reader in Context
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Creative Writing
Writing Poetry
Writing Fiction
Science Writing
Graphic Design Seminar: Design Perceptions
Special Topics in Writing
Total Credits18.0

Comprehensive Certificate track

18.0 quarter credits

The Comprehensive Track is designed for students whose majors and minors include writing courses (either as electives or required courses) and whose schedules allow for the additional credits to obtain certification.

Select two of the following:6.0
Electronic Publishing
Desktop Publishing
Graphic Design Seminar: Advanced Media
Literary Editing & Publication
Writing for -- and about -- the Web
Internship in Publishing *
Select two of the following: **12.0
Creative Writing
Track A
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Any 300-level writing (WRIT) course
Track B
Creative Writing
Any 300-level writing (WRIT) course
Professional Writing
Track A
Technical Communication
Technical, Science and Health Editing
Grant Writing
Graphic Design Seminar: Design Perceptions
Track B
Business Communication
Grant Writing
Document Design and Evaluation
Graphic Design Seminar: Design Perceptions
Journalism
COM 160Introduction to Journalism3.0
Select one of the following:
Investigative Journalism
Global Journalism
Food Writing
The Peer Reader in Context ***
Total Credits21.0


 

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

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