Undergraduate Certificate in Professional Writing

This certificate offers a focused program in professional communication skills, including writing and communication theory. You will produce written, electronic, and oral presentations. Emphasis is on methods of research, organization, and writing techniques useful in preparing reviews, critical bibliographies, research, technical reports, proposals and papers.

Open to all students, whether you are a degree-seeking undergraduate, a graduate with a bachelor’s degree seeking focused education in professional communication, or a non-degree-seeking student with specific needs or interests.

Certificate Information

18 credit hours
Minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0

For more information specific to you and your situation, meet with your academic advisor and find your ideal pathway to complete your degree on time.

Complete the following courses for a minimum of 18 credit hours.  A minimum grade of C is required for each course in the certificate, and only one course may be taken online.

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted.


Certificate Course Requirements

  • ENG-W 234 - Technical Report Writing
  • ENG-W 315 - Writing for the Web
  • ENG-W 331 - Business & Administrative Writing
  • ENG-W 364 - The Art of Magazine Editing for Publication & Production
  • ENG-W 395 - Independent Study of Writing (Topic: The Art of Magazine Writing)

One additional course approved by faculty. Recommended: ENG-W405, ENG-W398 or COAS-S399, or online elective within the IU system as approved by the Writing Faculty.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), undergraduate certificates are a great way to fast-track your career in an affordable way.

When time and money are a major concern, certificates allow recipients to gain skills in their field of choice in a relatively short period of time, usually less than a year, and for a price that won’t break the bank.

Many of IU Southeast’s certificate programs are stackable – meaning that you can use the credit hours earned for your certificate toward an associate or bachelor degree program.

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