Requirements

In order to complete the Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics, students must complete 12-credit hours of coursework, with at least 6 of these hours coming from the Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics core curriculum. The additional 6 hours of credit may come from a list of approved elective courses or from additional courses from the core curriculum. Students must earn a grade of ‘B’ or better for all courses used to fulfill the requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics. In addition to coursework, students are required to complete a Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics Portfolio consisting of at least 4 pieces from the student’s coursework in the program.

Core Courses

  • ENGL 5513: Document Design for Technical Writers
  • ENGL 5523: Technical Writing for Online Audiences
  • ENGL 5533: Technical Writing Praxis

Approved Electives

  • ENGL 5963: Advanced Studies in Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics 
  • ENGL 5973: Topics in Rhetoric and Composition
  • ENGL 6973: Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition

Other relevant graduate coursework will be allowed on a case-by-case basis, subject to administrative approval and topical relevancy to the graduate certificate and its aims.

The Professional Portfolio

Students must consult with the director of the Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics during their final semester of coursework in the program to develop and defend their Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics Portfolio. Working with the director, students will choose two additional members to create a portfolio review committee. Working with the director, students will choose a minimum of four pieces from their coursework to create their Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics Portfolio. Once chosen, students will work with the committee to polish those pieces to a level appropriate for publication or non-profit, government, or corporate use. Upon final approval by the portfolio committee, the student will host a public viewing of their works and the portfolio will be added to the certificate program’s online repository of student work hosted by the university library.