Certificate in Writing students explore and develop their own writing skills in a wide range of genres and for varied purposes, including creative writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry); writing for the professions, such as the arts, business, journalism, or science; writing for organizations; and writing related to personal interests.
The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program.
The Certificate in Writing requires a minimum of 21 s.h. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate.
The Certificate in Writing also is available online for students unable to attend classes on campus, including professionals, distance education students, and international students. More information about the online Certificate in Writing is available at the Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing website. Some courses below are available online; more online courses are added each year.
Students who complete the certificate develop:
- skills in planning and using strategies to begin writing, overcome obstacles, obtain feedback, revise their work, and present their writing in public venues;
- skills in the craft of writing, such as the ability to write clearly and concisely, control of mechanics and style, and the ability to communicate with particular audiences for specific purposes; and
- competence in discussing writing.
Course work for the certificate includes a minimum of 11 s.h. in core courses, a minimum of 9 s.h. in focused electives, and a minimum of 1 s.h. in a capstone independent study course that results in a project and/or portfolio of work. Students may count a maximum of 6 s.h. earned for a major, a minor, or another certificate toward the Certificate in Writing.
Certificate students have the opportunity to participate in the Iowa City writing community through activities such as attending readings and lectures; presenting their own work in public; working with professional journals, newspapers, or other publications; and volunteer work or an interning with the Iowa Youth Writing Project literacy outreach program.
See "Professional Track" below for information and requirements regarding the literary publishing track for the Certificate in Writing.
The Certificate in Writing requires the following work.
Students earn a total of at least 9 s.h. in focused electives, which they select from courses in at least two of the following categories (maximum of 6 s.h. from any one category).
- Writing for the professions
- Writing and the literary arts
- Writing and the media
- Writing in context
- Student-designated writing-intensive courses
Each focused elective course may be used to fulfill only one certificate requirement, even if the course is listed in more than one category below. Some of these courses have prerequisites and other requirements for registration; students must complete a course's prerequisites and meet its registration requirements before they may register for the course.
Students may petition to count a course not listed below toward their elective requirements. Petitions must be submitted online and receive prior approval from the Certificate in Writing advisor; visit Course Petition Form on the Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing website.
Writing for the Professions
|ARTH:1080||Writing About the Visual Arts||3|
|ARTS:3400||Grant Writing in the Arts||3|
|UICB:2100||Creative Writing for Book Arts||3|
|BUS:3000||Business Communication and Protocol||3|
|CNW:3640||Writing for Business and Industry||3|
|or ENNM:3640|| Writing for Business and Industry for Non-English Majors|
|INTD:3005/CW:3005||Professional and Creative Business Communication (online or on campus)||3|
|SRM:3300||Writing for Sport and Recreation Managers||3|
|CNW:2780||The Art and Craft of Writing About Sports||3|
|CNW:2830||The Art and Craft of Immersion Journalism||3|
|JMC:2010||Journalistic Reporting and Writing||4|
|JMC:3405||Depth Reporting and Writing||4|
|JMC:3412||Strategic Communication Writing||4|
|JMC:3415||Writing Across Cultures||4|
|SPAN:3020||Journalistic Writing in Spanish||3|
Literature, Language, and Translation
|CNW:2850||The Art and Craft of Writing About Politics||3|
|POLI:3107||Writing in Political Science: Writing for "Science" and for "Politics"||3|
|CNW:2730||The Art and Craft of Science Writing||3|
|HHP:3900||Writing for Health and Human Physiology||3|
|BUS:4999||Honors Thesis in Business||3|
Writing and the Literary Arts
|CW:2870||Fiction Writing (online or on campus)||3|
|CW:3870||Advanced Fiction Writing (online or on campus)||3|
|CW:4870||Undergraduate Writers' Workshop: Fiction||arr.|
|CNW:1620||Introduction to Creative Nonfiction||3|
|CNW:2680||The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction||3|
|or ENNM:2100|| Nonfiction Writing for Non-English Majors|
|CNW:2690||The Art and Craft of Writing About Business||3|
|CNW:2700||The Art and Craft of Personal Writing||3|
|or ENNM:3633|| Personal Writing for Non-English Majors|
|CNW:2790||The Art and Craft of Humor Writing||3|
|CNW:2840||The Art and Craft of Travel Writing||3|
|CNW:2850||The Art and Craft of Writing About Politics||3|
|CNW:3630||Advanced Nonfiction Writing||3|
|CNW:4631||Undergraduate Essay Workshop||3|
|CNW:4690||Undergraduate Project in Nonfiction Writing||arr.|
|CW:4875||Undergraduate Writers' Workshop: Poetry||arr.|
Writing and the Media
Writing in Context
Student-Designated Writing-Intensive Course
Students may request permission to count a maximum of 3 s.h. earned in a non-writing intensive course numbered 3000 or above as credit toward the focused elective requirement. For this option, students must propose a writing-related project that extends the writing focus of their chosen course. They must have the approval of the faculty member teaching the course and the writing certificate advisor.
Capstone: Independent Writing Project
Each student must earn at least 1 s.h. in an independent writing project course that serves as a capstone experience and results in a substantial project and/or portfolio of the student's own writing. Students must have a faculty mentor for the independent writing project and must have their proposal approved in order to receive permission to register for the course. Visit the Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing website for more information related to registering for the capstone course.
|WRIT:4000||Writing: Independent Project (online or on campus)||1-3|
|WRIT:4001||Independent Writing Project (online)||1-3|
Students considering a career in literary publishing can learn the ins and outs of the industry and gain a competitive edge by enrolling in the literary publishing track. This unique educational experience provides a substantial understanding of the editorial, design, and managerial work essential to this profession. Students who enroll in the track complete the certificate's core courses (see "Core Courses" above) and fulfill the focused elective requirement by taking a series of three publishing-specific courses (see "Literary Publishing Track Focused Electives" below). Finally, they complete a capstone project (WRIT:4000 Writing: Independent Project) or an internship related to publishing.
The publishing track, interdisciplinary in scope, is a collaboration between the Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing, the Nonfiction Writing Program, the School of Art and Art History, and the University of Iowa Center for the Book. For more information, contact the Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing.
Literary Publishing Track Focused Electives