Writing (New College) (Certificate)

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The certificate in writing is a valuable program for students in any discipline.The ability to communicate clearly, directly and effectively is a key to advancement in all careers. 

The certificate in writing offered by the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the West campus is a valuable program for students in any discipline.The ability to communicate clearly, directly and effectively is a key to advancement in all careers. Certification of advanced writing skills opens the way to a vast array of opportunities, from journalism and publishing to public advocacy, military and government careers, elementary and secondary education, business management, economic development, law, nonprofits and high-tech industry.

The program offers five track options (creative writing, generalist, nonfiction writing, professional and technical writing, and publishing and editing) which can be tailored to students' individual interests and career goals. The program comprises intensive coursework that culminates in an exit portfolio, a collection of work that demonstrates the writing skills mastered by each student.

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Writing (New College) (Certificate)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The writing certificate consists of 16 credit hours, 12 of which must be upper-division. Requirements include 15 credit hours of track courses from one track (chosen in consultation with the faculty certificate coordinator) and 1 credit hour of AMS 490 Writing Portfolio. Students must complete a minimum of six upper-division credit hours offered by the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies and must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours at ASU. Six to nine credit hours may be shared between the certificate and major requirements upon approval. All courses used to satisfy the requirements for the certificate must be passed with a "B" (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better.
Track Requirements -- 15 credit hours
Complete 15 credit hours of courses from one track below, chosen in consultation with the faculty certificate coordinator. A minimum of 12 credit hours must be upper-division. (15)
Creative Writing Track
Generalist Track
Nonfiction Writing Track
Professional and Technical Writing Track
Publishing and Editing Track
Writing Portfolio -- 1 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment requirements

The certificate in writing is open to all ASU undergraduate majors. To gain admission to the program, students must demonstrate fundamental writing skills through the completion of English composition. Students are required to submit an application, which includes at least three samples of writing from lower-division courses or independent writing projects. Applications must be submitted at least two months before the start of the semester they anticipate being admitted. Students wishing to pursue this certificate should consult an academic advisor in the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies to ensure the appropriate set of courses is taken and all required paperwork is submitted.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

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