College Writing Certificate Requirements

BGSU's Graduate Certificate in College Writing: Theory and Practice can be earned completely online. The certificate requirements include six graduate courses (18 credit hours) total, made up of four required courses and two elective courses.

Required: Four core courses (12 credit hours). All required courses are already offered fully online one or two times per year, depending on demand.

  • ENG 6020: Composition Instructors’ Workshop. (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6040: Graduate Writing. (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6200: Teaching of Writing. (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6220: Teaching Grammar in the Context of Writing. (3 credit hours)

Electives: Two elective courses (6 credit hours). Electives may be selected from regularly offered online courses in English such as:

  • ENG 6070: Theory and Methods of Literary Criticism. (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6090: Teaching of Literature. (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6150: Introduction to Linguistics. (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6320: Graduate Writers Workshop. (3 credit hours, online in summers only)
  • ENG 6400: Professional/Technical Writing. (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6410: Resources and Research in Professional/Technical Writing. (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6420: Professional/Technical Editing. (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6430: Ethics in Professional/Technical Writing. (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6470: Topics in Professional/Technical Communication. (3 credit hours)*
  • ENG 6800: Seminar in English Studies. (3 credit hours)*

* ENG 6800 Seminar in English Studies and ENG 6470 Topics in Professional/Technical Communication are “topics” course numbers, meaning that each offering of this course number will come with a specific title and topic. A student may take the same course number more than once, with each course counting as a separate elective each time, as long as the topic is different for each iteration of that course number.