Undergraduate Certificate in Professional Writing

Become an experienced communicator fit for numerous professional roles and industries with the Undergraduate Certificate in Professional Writing in Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts. Hone the skills needed to produce research-driven content tailored to diverse audiences and clients. 

Precise and adaptive writing remains an invaluable asset in the modern job market, with roles for technical writers showing steady growth through 2028, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employers across several growing fields continue to require versatile writers adept at conveying complex information.

Coursework in this 15-credit certificate program can be selected according to your individual interests and career goals. Develop competencies around science and medical writing, or focus on creating content best suited to business and industry. 

A Career Internship course provides on-the-job training, preparing students for a seamless transition into the post-graduate workforce.

Classes & Curriculum

Students have four years to satisfy their requirements for the Certificate in Professional Writing program, which is awarded at the completion of your bachelor’s program. It cannot be awarded as a stand-alone program of study or after completion of your bachelor’s degree. 

The 15-credit program curriculum comprises two 2000-level courses, two 3000-level courses and one elective course.

Core required courses include the following.

  • Beyond the Field: Sports and Storytelling
  • Literacy and Society
  • Medical Writing
  • Non-Fiction Writing
  • Science Writing
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing the Research Essay

Students who are majoring in English (or the English Major with the Creative Writing track) may double-count no more than two courses between these programs.

Learn more about Certificate in Professional Writing program requirements.

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Careers

The skills gained from a liberal arts degree are highly relevant in today’s rapidly evolving world. Apply the experience and knowledge acquired in the Professional Writing Certificate (Undergraduate) program to your professional pursuits across many organizations and industries, including academics, cultural institutions, government agencies or the social sciences. The versatility of this program’s curriculum helps you graduate with valuable skill sets sought by many employers. 

Students in the Certificate in Professional Writing program are prepared to enter the global workforce in the following professional areas.

  • Communications
  • Content development
  • Editing
  • For-profit organizations
  • Government
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Publishing

Tuition & Fees

The tuition for this Certificate Program is based on school or college of your major, program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

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