Apr 15, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Professional and Technical Writing Certificate


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The Department of English and Comparative Literature  offers a 16-unit program consisting of a twelve-unit core (ENGL 106 ENGL 107 ENGL 129 ) and four units of an advisor-approved elective. This program is designed for those seeking greater specialization, including post-baccalaureate students who hold or seek employment in technical or professional writing. Prerequisite: Passage of WST or graduate standing.

University Basic Certificate Requirements

Basic certificate programs provide opportunities for students to pursue specialized, often pre-professional, focused educational objectives that may be separate from a degree program. At least 6 units must be completed at SJSU. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in basic certificate coursework in order to be awarded a certificate. Generally, a maximum of 33% of basic certificate units (e.g., 3 units for a 9-unit certificate) can be completed in non-matriculated status at SJSU with approval from the department or school. In some cases, a basic certificate may be completed entirely through Open University if the student has completed a Bachelor’s degree and received approval from the department or school (University Policy S16-17 A). If a student has completed a Bachelor’s degree and received approval from the department or school, a basic certificate may be completed entirely through Open University.

The advisor/director of the program is responsible for verifying a student’s satisfactory completion of the academic requirements established for the program and for forwarding a copy of the certificate completion form to the Office of the Registrar. The Office of the Registrar records the completion of the program on the student’s transcript.

Certificate Requirements (16 units)


Total Units Required (16 units)


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