Certificate in Writing | BAS & BLS
The University of Iowa


Offered by the Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Certificate in Writing can be completed entirely ONLINE. The program provides an opportunity for our distance students to take advantage of the University of Iowa’s impressive culture of writing.

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Online Curriculum

The ONLINE Certificate in Writing requires a student to successfully complete a minimum of 22 s.h. and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in all course work.

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Required Introductory Course:

  • WRIT:1500 Writing Commons: A Community of Writers

Three of the following:

Focused Electives (9 s.h.) - must include courses from at least two of the categories below:

Writing for the Professions:

  • BUS:3000 Business Communication and Protocol
  • COMM:1816 Business and Professional Communication
  • EALL:4130 Introduction to Grant Writing
  • WRIT:3005 Professional and Creative Business Communication

Writing and the Literary Arts:

Writing and the Media

Required Capstone must include at least 1 s.h. from one of the options below:


Students may add a certificate program to their plan of study at any time. Once added, a separate degree audit will be produced. There is no penalty to remove a certificate from a plan of study and one may be removed at any time.

Current BAS/BLS University of Iowa students may add the certificate to their plan of study by contacting their assigned BAS/BLS advisor.