Certificate Programs

Certificates may be earned by regularly matriculated or extended learning students and denote successful completion of a prescribed program of study designed to a) impart specified professional/vocational/career competencies; or b) produce mastery of the content of a sub-field of an academic major (discipline); or c) provide exposure to the range of materials in a traditional or emerging interdisciplinary field. Certain certificate programs contain 600-level courses as requirements and/or electives. These 600-level courses may not be taken by undergraduate students. Candidates must receive two-thirds of their certificate-applicable credit from the university. The transferring of credit or the substitution of courses may occur only after application to the appropriate campus authority. See Page 60 for additional certificate information.

Certificate in Writing: Creative Writing

Certificate Requirements (28 units)

  1. ENG 317. Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry (4)
  2. ENG 318. Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction (4)
  3. Four units chosen from:
    • ENG 417. Intermediate Creative Writing: Poetry (4)
    • ENG 418. Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction (4)
  4. Four units chosen from:
    • ENG 507. Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry (4)
    • ENG 508. Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction (4)
    • ENG 513. Advanced Creative Writing in Specialized Genres (4)
  5. Four units chosen from:
    • ENG 301A. Analysis of Poetry (4)
    • ENG 301B. Analysis and Writing of Poetry (4)
    • ENG 302A. Analysis of Drama (4)
    • ENG 302B. Analysis and Writing of Drama (4)
    • ENG 303A. Analysis of Prose Fiction (4)
    • ENG 303B. Analysis and Writing of Prose Fiction (4)
    • ENG 304A. Analysis of Nonfiction Prose (4)
    • ENG 304B. Analysis and Writing of Nonfiction Prose (4)
  6. Eight units from any upper-division English courses which may include ENG 621.

Certificate in Writing: Professional Writing

Certificate Requirements (31 units)

Lower-division requirements (7 units)

  1. COMM 240. Writing for Media (4)
  2. COMM 243A. Communication Practicum: Print and Online Journalism (3)

Upper-division requirements (24 units)

  1. ENG 306. Expository Writing (4)
  2. ENG 311. The English Language (4)
  3. Eight units chosen from:
    • COMM 342. Publication Design and Makeup (4)
    • COMM 442. Public Relations Campaigns (4)
    • ENG 631. Approaches to Professional Writing (4)
  4. Eight units chosen from Group A or B below:

Group A

  1. Four units chosen from:
    • ENG 420. English Grammar I (4)
    • ENG 422. History of the English Language (4)
    • PHIL 387. Philosophy of Language (4)
  2. Four units chosen from:
    • COMM 311. Business and Professional Communication (4)
    • COMM 342. Publication Design and Makeup (if not taken as a required course) (4)
    • ENG 522. Independent Study in Writing (4)
    • ENG 565. Special Studies in Writing (with appropriate subject) (2)
    • ENG 566. Special Studies in Writing (with appropriate subject) (4)
    • ENG 631. Approaches to Professional Writing (if not taken as a required course) (4)

Group B

  1. Eight units chosen from:
    • COMM 311. Business and Professional Communication (4)
    • COMM 342. Newspaper Editing and Makeup (if not taken as a required course) (4)
    • ENG 522. Independent Study in Writing (4)
    • ENG 565. Special Studies in Writing (with appropriate subject) (2)
    • ENG 566. Special Studies in Writing (with appropriate subject) (4)
    • ENG 631. Approaches to Professional Writing (if not taken as a required course) (4)

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