Good writing skills are an asset in any field of study or career. The Certificate in Writing, sponsored by the Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing, allows students to benefit from the university's wide-ranging writing programs and resources by pursuing a concentration in writing related to their academic success, career goals, or personal interests.
The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program.
Certificate in Writing students may not earn the Bachelor of Applied Studies degree with the creative writing emphasis.
To earn the Certificate in Writing, students must complete a minimum of 22 semester hours (s.h.) of credit, including 12 s.h. in core courses, 9 s.h. in focused electives, and 1-3 s.h. in a capstone.
Capstone options include Guided Capstone Portfolio, Independent Writing Project, Writing-Related Internship, or an Additional Writing Course.
You'll explore writing and develop your own writing skills in a range of genres and for different purposes, such as creative writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry); writing for the professions (including the arts, business, journalism, science, and others); writing for organizations; and writing related to personal interests. You'll also participate in writing community activities.
Up to 6 s.h. of transfer credit is allowed. For questions regarding the transfer credit policy, contact the director.
Visit Writing in the UI General Catalog to learn about required course work.
Literary Publishing Track
This track provides an overview of what it takes to work in the publishing industry. Students will learn the process of acquiring manuscripts, choosing stories, editing and proofreading the works, and creating the final design. The Literary Publishing track is open to students in any major.