Department of English

Dr. Lucas Hardy, Graduate Director
240 DeBartolo Hall

Certificate Description

This four-course certificate (12 semester hours) is designed to meet the needs of students pre­paring for careers as:

  • technical writers and editors;
  • company news and information directors;
  • or grant and proposal writers for schools, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, and fine and perform­ing arts groups.

Frequency of course offerings allows most students to finish the certificate within four semesters.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the Professional and Technical Writing gradu­ate certificate, students need not have an undergraduate degree in English, but they must have a B.A. or B.S. degree and meet the requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies at YSU.

Certificate Requirements

Required Courses
ENGL 6943Technical Communication3
ENGL 6944Document Design and Production3
Select two courses from Group A or one course from each Group:6
Group A
Theory of Professional and Technical Communication
Professional and Technical Editing
Publications Issues and Management
Professional Communication
Group B
English Grammar
Discourse Theory
Total Semester Hours12

Although ENGL 6998 Professional Writing Internship does not count toward the 12 semes­ter hour requirement for the certificate, students are strongly urged to take this course or seek equivalent professional experience.