2018-2019 Catalog (Current)

Technical Writing

Degree Type: Certificate
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Why Choose Technical Writing?

A certificate is a concentration of coursework in a designated area. The certificate in technical writing provides students the opportunity to highlight the concentration of writing courses on a résumé thus making their writing abilities obvious to prospective employers. A concentration in technical writing is an asset to almost any major since employers in all fields are looking for people who can write competently and express themselves in a professional manner. 

Admission Requirements

The Technical Writing certificate is open to any student admitted to Ferris State University, except those pursuing a Technical and Professional Writing B.S. or Journalism and Technical Communication B.S.  The certificate is designed to complement any Ferris major program, or to provide additional post-baccalaureate skills and training.

Graduation Requirements

Students desiring to complete this certificate should file an official declaration with the certificate advisor as soon as possible, and meet with that advisor regularly.  The Technical Writing certificate requires a minimum of 14 credits of course work and a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all course work comprising the certificate.  Also 50 percent of the credits for the certificate must be taught by Ferris State University.  

More Information

Advisor:  Erin Weber
Phone:  591-3740
                                                                                                        
Department of Engish, Literature, and World Languages 
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 3080
Big Rapids, MI  49307
Phone:  591-3988

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Required Courses
Credit Hours

Technical Writing Certificate 14 Credits

History of Rhetoric - Style
3
Prof Technical Communication
4
Tech Communication Seminar
4
Choose one:
Introduction to Linguistics
3
Proposal Writing
3
Publication Editing
3
Multimedia Design and Writers
3