Certificate of Professional Writing

Program Director: Stephanie Callan, Ph. D.

The Certificate of Professional Writing is designed for students who want to build their writing skills in order to get jobs that require clear, professional written communication.  Classes are small and give sustained, personal attention to students’ writing, including individualized feedback on projects, to foster growth in every student. Writing projects focus on documents commonly needed in professional and public situations, including reports, instructions, and proposals. 

The certificate consists of 12 credit hours (4 classes) and can be completed in a year.  As students proceed through the classes, they compile a portfolio of professional writing samples that can be used on the job market.

The program is open to current SHC students and to members of the community.

Community members can complete the program with all online courses.  On-campus students may select in-person courses as well as online courses to complete the certificate when they are available.  

Program Objectives

This certificate prepares students to:

      • Adapt to new and varied writing tasks to satisfy different needs 
      • Write well in multiple modes and genres
      • Analyze audience and use that information to write user-friendly documents
      • Incorporate research and present complex content clearly and effectively
      • Revise their own work to improve clarity, organization, and effectiveness (purpose)
      • Edit documents written by themselves and others
      • Write in clear, correct grammar and mechanics for professional situations


WRI 310: Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing (3 cr.)

WRI 320: Style and Grammar for Professionals (3 cr.)

Choose two (2) of the following courses:       (6 cr.)

WRI 350: Writing with Research and Data (3 cr.)

WRI 355: Writing in Visual and Digital Formats (3 cr.)

WRI 365: Strategic Writing (3 cr.)

WRI 395: Special Topics in Professional Writing (3 cr.)

WRI 497: Writing Internship (3 cr.)


Current SHC students are eligible to begin the certificate program once they have completed their core requirements in English.

Community members can qualify to begin the program in one of three ways:

1. Show previously earned college credit for Composition I, Composition II, and one English Literature class.


2. Have a bachelor's degree.


3. Demonstrate proficiency with a writing sample when you apply.