Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Arts (2007/2008)
3.12 Diploma in Professional Writing

Program Co-ordinator: 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 planning, 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:

  1. English 2020, English 3910, English 3920,English 3817,English 4914, and English 5200

  2. one of English 3001, English 3900, English 3901, English 3902, English 3903, English 4910, English 4911, English 4912, or English 4913

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