Writing Certificate Courses


You may earn the Certificate in Writing by completing 18 hours in selected writing courses with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Courses for the certificate should be chosen with the guidance of Jeanne Allison, Program Coordinator (447 Lucas Hall, 314-516-5587, allisonjea@umsl.edu).

Contact Jeanne for an application to the program as soon as you begin work on the certificate. Upon completion of four or five writing courses, please consult the coordinator to make arrangements for ENlish 4890. EN 4890 is required. Five additional courses are to be chosen from the following list:

Professional Writing Courses

MEDIA 2212 Broadcast Writing and Reporting
MEDIA 2217 Script Writing
EN 2080 Advertising Copywriting (or MEDIA 2080)
EN 3120 Business Writing (See Coordinator for waiver for non-business majors)
EN 3130 Technical Writing
EN 3140 News Writing (or MEDIA 3214)
EN 3150 Feature Writing (or MEDIA 3150)
EN 3180 Reporting (or MEDIA 3180)
EN 3280 Writing for Public Relations (or MEDIA 2228)
EN 4880 Writing for Teachers
EN 4870 Advanced Business and Technical Writing
EN 4850 Topics in Teaching Writing
EN 4860 Editing

Academic Writing Courses

EN 2120 Topics in Writing (topics vary from semester to semester)
EN 3090 Practical Criticism: Writing About Literature
EN 3100 Advanced Expository Writing
EN 3110 Advanced Expository Writing for International Students
EN 3160 Writing in the Sciences
EN 4160 Special Topics in Writing (may vary from semester to semester)

Creative Writing Courses (students may take up to 2 creative writing classes)

EN 2030 Beginning Poetry Writing Workshop
EN 2040 Beginning Fiction Writing Workshop
EN 2060 Introduction to the Writing of Poetry and Fiction
EN 3030 Poetry Workshop: Lyric and Form
EN 3040 Fiction Workshop: Narrative Structure
EN 4130 Advanced Poetry Writing
EN 4140 Advanced Fiction Writing
EN 4895 Editing "Litmag" (NOT a substitute for EN 4890)

Honors Courses

HON 2020 Inquiries in the Fine and Performing Arts (if Topic is writing and approved in advance)
HON 3100 Advanced Composition: Writing the City
HON 3020 Advanced Seminar in the Fine and Performing Arts (if Topic is writing and approved in advance.)

Capstone Course

EN 4890 Writing Internship. (This course is required. It involves either a 160-hour internship.)
EN 4892 Independent Writing Project (limited availability)

When you have completed requirements for the certificate, the coordinator will notify the university registrar and the college from which you will graduate. Upon your graduation, completion of the Certificate in Writing will be noted on the official transcript and a certificate will be mailed to you. Students who have graduated before completing the Certificate in Writing will receive the certificate in the mail and will have the certificate entered on their official transcripts.