2024-2025 Catalog 
    May 29, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog

Creative Writing (CRWR-CT) Certificate

Location(s): Ferris Main Campus

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Undergraduate Certificate

With its dual emphasis on writing and reading creative works, the Creative Writing certificate encourages students to improve communication skills while developing creative and critical faculties; analytical and problem-solving skills; appreciation for language as both an expressive and a communicative medium; and deeper understanding of human nature, contemporary society, and the role of the individual in today’s world. While all careers are enhanced by strong communication skills, majors that especially benefit from adding a Creative Writing certificate include Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications, Public Relations, Digital Animation and Game Design, and Television and Digital Media Production.

Program Outcomes

  1. Analyze a variety of texts, including content, purposes, components, and meanings.
  2. Compose a variety of creative works that demonstrate an awareness of audience.
  3. Participate in professional creative writing discourse.
  4. Make informed structural and stylistic choices in writing.

Admission Requirements

New Student Admission Requirements

  • Open to any student admitted to Ferris State University.
  • 2.5 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale) and/or
  • Minimum Composite ACT Score of 12/SAT 900

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

  • 2.00 College GPA (on a 4.00 scale)

All Certificate Requirements - 9 Credits Required

Certificate Courses - 6 Credits Required

Elective - 3 Credits Required


  • Students who return to the university after an interrupted enrollment, not including summer semester, must normally meet the requirements of the curriculum which are in effect at the time of their return, not the requirements which were in effect when they were originally admitted.
  • Credit Variance - Credits required may vary based on course placement, prerequisites, etc. If you have questions, contact your advisor.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from Ferris State University, students must meet both University and Programmatic Graduation Requirements.

University Graduation Requirements

These are the minimum graduation requirements for an undergraduate certificate at Ferris State University:

  • A GPA of 2.00 or higher must be achieved for the courses within the certificate.
  • A minimum of 6 credits within the certificate must be earned.
  • A minimum of 50 percent of certificate credits must be earned from Ferris State University to meet the Residency requirement.

Programmatic Graduation Requirements

These are the additional graduation requirements mandated by the program:

  • All requirements as specified in the All Certificate Requirements section must be met.
  • For students seeking a degree from Ferris State University, a maximum of 50 percent of the certificate credits can be from courses required in their program/major.
  • A minimum grade of C- must be earned in all prerequisite courses; except ENGL 150  and ENGL 222  which requires a grade of C or higher.

Contact Information

Dr. Deirdre Fagan
(231) 591-3031
[email protected]

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