Workplace Writing


The Certificate in Workplace Writing enables students in any major to earn a separate career-focused credential. This 12-credit program is designed to fortify qualifications for employment in many fields and enhance preparation for success in the workplace.  Students may choose from a range of applied-writing courses regularly offered by the Department of English.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program requires completion of CMP 125 with a final grade of C+ or better. English majors are eligible to apply.

Degree Offered

  • Certificate in Workplace Writing


Mary Morse, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of English
Fine Arts 335

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Associated Department:  English

Related Programs

  • Any major

Certificate Requirements

(12 credits)

Any four courses (12 credits) from the list below, including at least two Workplace Writing courses (ENG 321, ENG 322, ENG 323, ENG 324, ENG 407) and no more than one grammar-focused course (ENG 236, ENG 336).
ENG 236Applied Grammar & Syntax3
ENG 318Food Writing3
ENG 321Workplace Writing3
ENG 322Workplace Writing: Grant Proposals, Fundraising and Development3
ENG 323Workplace Writing:Reviewing and Publishing3
ENG 324Workplace Writing: Online Contexts3
ENG 336Grammar and Style3
ENG 405Advanced Prose Style3
ENG 407Advanced Workplace Writing3
ENG 490Independent Research and Study (if focused on workplace-related writing)1-4

Program Completion and Certification 

To earn the Certificate in Workplace Writing, students must complete the selected courses with an average grade of B or better. In addition, students must submit a final e-portfolio representing their best work from each of the courses taken, including a short commentary on each piece. The portfolio must meet English Department standards for competency and completeness.

Courses and Descriptions

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ENG 236 Applied Grammar & Syntax 3 Credits

This course offers a review of the essential elements of English grammar and syntax and fosters analysis of these elements as they relate to meaning and rhetorical effects in notable argumentative and expository writing as well as in the student's own compositions. Focus is on both expert reading and expository writing. Changing attitudes toward usage, including influence of digital media on language use, are discussed. May be taken as preparation for, or independently of ENG 336, which addresses grammar, syntax, and style at a more advanced level.

Prerequisite(s): CMP120 or BHP 100; and CMP125 or CMP203 or BHP150.

ENG 318 Food Writing 3 Credits

Food Writing is a thematically based course in essay writing. It develops studetn abilities to write effective informal prose while also extending their knowledge about food sources, preparation, and consumption. They learn through readings and exercises, however, that food writing is about more than food. It encompasses the pleasures of the table, history, culture, science, and politics.

ENG 321 Workplace Writing 3 Credits

A workshop in writing effectively to achieve specific practical purposes in various business and professional workplace environments.

Prerequisite(s): completion of composition requirements or permission of instructor.

ENG 322 Workplace Writing: Grant Proposals, Fundraising and Development 3 Credits

Students employ their analytical and writing skills to research and write grants for non- profit organizations in their local or regional communities. Fundraising and development activities on behalf of area organizations introduce them to career opportunities in this growing field.

Prerequisite(s): completion of composition requirements or permission of instructor.

ENG 323 Workplace Writing:Reviewing and Publishing 3 Credits

Students learn to write arts and literary criticism through studying the work of prominent critics in literature, theatre, film, dance, visual arts, and music. Students learn how to market themselves as potential reviewers for print and online publications.

Prerequisite(s): completion of composition requirements or permission of instructor.

ENG 324 Workplace Writing: Online Contexts 3 Credits

This course will help students adapt their writing to online environments. A writing- intensive course, grounded in rhetorical principles, it focuses upon planning, writing and producing online texts distributed entirely through virtual portals. Students will write documents intended for a variety of virtual purposes, including E-mail, instant messages, text messages, blogs, wikis, workplace social-media, and online team collaborations.

Prerequisite(s): completion of composition requirements or permission of instructor.

ENG 336 Grammar and Style 3 Credits

Provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of the conventions of English grammar, punctuation and syntax. Students will learn how to analyze the way words, phrases, sentences, and paragraphs work in expert writing, and they will apply this knowledge to their own writing, with emphasis on argument, exposition, and analysis.

Prerequisite(s): completion of composition requirements or permission of instructor.

ENG 405 Advanced Prose Style 3 Credits

Analyzes prose styles in English from the Renaissance to the present, focusing on the development of syntax, diction, and content. Students will be encouraged to imitate stylistic models and to develop their own prose style.

Prerequisite(s): completion of composition requirements or permission of instructor.

ENG 407 Advanced Workplace Writing 3 Credits

Students will learn to adapt their writing skills to match specialized writing needs in publishing; corporate and personal finance; health, medicine, science, and technology.

ENG 490 Independent Research and Study 1-4 Credits

Independent Research and Study allows juniors and seniors in good academic standing to investigate topics of interest under faculty supervision. For ENG 490 this may be an original literary or writing project. Projects must be approved by the faculty member, department chairperson, and academic dean no later than the third week of the semester in which the project is to be conducted. Only one project can be scheduled in a semester, and for no more than four semester hours; up to 12 semester hours of independent research and study may be counted toward graduation. Note that individual departments may have additional restrictions.