Certificate in Writing | BAS & BLS
University of Iowa


Offered by the Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing and the College of Liberal Arts & 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 21-23 s.h. and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in all course work.

Required Introductory Course:

  • WRIT:1500 Writing Commons: A Community of Writers

Required Core Courses:

  • CLSA:3742 Word Power: Building English Vocabulary
  • CW:4745 The Sentence: Strategies for Writing
  • CW:4760 The Art of Revision: Writing for Clarity

Focused Electives (9 s.h.) - must include courses from each category:

Writing for the Professions:

  • INTD:3005 Professional and Creative Business Communication
  • EALL:4130 Introduction to Grant Writing

Writing and the Literary Arts:

Writing and the Media

Required Capstone:

  • WRIT:4000 Writing: Independent Project, click here for more information.

How to Declare the Certificate

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

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