Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Arts (2006/2007)
3.12 Diploma in Professional Writing

Program Coordinator: J. Guthrie, Department of English Language and Literature

3.12.1 Program Description

Students build on their studies in the Faculty of Arts through courses (18 credit hours) in: a) the critical analysis of nonfiction texts and b) the writing of nonfiction pieces in different genres. The program aims to give students: a broad understanding of context, readership, aim, genre, and style in nonfiction; skills in plannning, drafting, revising, and editing their own work; the ability to edit the work of others in a collaborative way.

The 6 credit hour practicum will be served in professional situations, e.g., organizations, government, the media.

3.12.2 Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is limited. Applicants who have completed a Bachelor of Arts degree and senior undergraduates in the Faculty of Arts will normally be preferred. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in writing by means of a portfolio submitted with the application. This may be a collection of work completed in English 2010, 2700, 3817, 3900, 3901, or another intensive writing course above the first-year level; or it may be a collection of work published in a student newspaper or carried out for a community organization. The portfolio must be accompanied by a statement from a professor or other competent authority attesting that the contents are the student’s own work.

3.12.3 Program of Study

Students are required to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of course work, including:

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