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College of Communication & Creative Arts - Writing Arts

Rowan University

Certificates of Graduate Study

Certificates of Graduate Study (COGS) offer students a unique opportunity to study highly specialized topics in writing without committing to a full MA program. Students will enjoy the benefits of small classes, dedicated instructors, and talented fellow students. Courses completed as part of a COGS may be applied to the MA in Writing program if students decide to pursue the degree.

We currently offer four Certificates:

Creative Writing
Editing and Publishing for Writers
Writing and New Media
Writing, Composition, and Rhetoric

 

Creative Writing

By participating in a curriculum that combines the model of the writing workshop with the study of craft through a close reading of published texts, students will engage in the advanced practices of the genres of their choice. They will learn to engage in a process of composition that, when combined with the development of a critical vocabulary, allows students to give, receive, and use criticism in their revisions. As they discover and develop their individual style, voice, and literary vision, they will acquire the discipline and the creative and organizational strategies necessary to prepare and advance them toward publication.

Requirements:
To attain a Certificate of Graduate Study in Creative Writing, a student must successfully complete three courses selected from the following six choices:

• Poetry Workshop (MAWR 02505)
• Creative Nonfiction Workshop (MAWR 02515)
• Writing the Novel (MAWR 02520)
• Writing the Nonfiction Book (MAWR 02521)
• Nonfiction Workshop (MAWR 02522)
• Writing the Memoir (MAWR 02523)

 

Editing and Publishing for Writers

Due to recent changes in the publishing industry (corporate mergers, ever-advancing publishing technologies, radical alterations in traditional book distribution and bookselling) writers are now compelled to be excellent editors and marketers of their own work. Utilizing a curriculum that combines advanced editing and revision of works of the student's own choice (nonfiction book, YA novel, poetry, articles and essays), along with the hands-on opportunities in classes, students will acquire a necessary understanding of contemporary editing and publishing procedures in a variety of print and digital environments, including periodicals, and digital and book publishing, as well as the discipline and organizational strategies necessary to prepare and submit a variety of types of work for publication.

Requirements:
To attain a Certificate of Graduate Study in Editing and Publishing for Writers, a student must successfully complete three courses selected from the following five choices:

• Publishing for Creative Writers (MAWR 01622)
• Writing Stories for Children and Young Adults (MAWR 01620)
• Editing the Literary Journal (MAWR 01566)
• Writing Freelance Features (MAWR 01557)
• Writing and Publishing the Nonfiction Book (MAWR 02521)

 

Writing and New Media

This Certificate will increase students' awareness of composing opportunities, theories, and practices that are emerging as a result of the ubiquity of new media technologies and online writing spaces. Students will learn how to effectively compose in and for a variety of online writing spaces using a variety of modes and genres. Students will also learn theories in areas that hold significant import for understanding the implications of new media communication technologies: information architecture, visual rhetoric, social media, computers and writing, and designing with web standards. These marketable skills will enhance students' current and future career opportunities.

Requirements:
To attain a Certificate of Graduate Study in Writing and New Media, a student must successfully complete the following four courses:

• Internet and Writing Studies (MAWR 01620)
• Writing for Electronic Communities (MAWR 01555)
• Information Architecture (MAWR 01564)
• Visual Rhetoric and Multimodal Composition (MAWR 01621)

 

Writing, Composition, and Rhetoric

This Certificate program is designed for language arts and college composition teachers (current and future) seeking to enhance their knowledge of contemporary theories, issues, and practices in writing and writing instruction.

Requirements:
To attain a Certificate of Graduate Study in Writing, Composition and Rhetoric, a student must successfully complete the following three courses:

• Issues in Composition Studies (MAWR 01549)
• Assessment of Writing (MAWR 01556)
• Writing for Electronic Communities (MAWR 01555)

 

Admission

To apply for admission to a COGS, students should submit the following:

• CGCE Graduate Application
• $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
• Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
• Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
• Current professional resume
• Two letters of recommendation
• Typewritten statement of professional objectives
Complete information about applying for a Certificate and instructions for submitting application materials can be found on the College of Graduate and Continuing Education website