Writing Certificates

Pair with any bachelor’s degree

Writing is a timeless and critical skill for all fields, occupations and sectors. Honing your ability to write clearly and concisely for technical, creative or scientific platforms will open doors to a variety of rewarding careers.

Program Overview

Acquire one of the most valuable professional skills.

Western Colorado University’s Writing Certificates will provide you with versatile skills in writing and analysis alongside more specialized forms of technical and professional writing. A complement to any major, a certificate in professional writing will serve as a competitive advantage when applying for jobs and graduate programs.

The 12-credit Writing Certificate offers foundational courses in English where you’ll learn to write clear prose that conveys complex ideas. The Writing Certificate also allows you to take courses in creative, argumentative, media or scientific writing, depending on your interest.

The 15-credit Professional Writing Certificate builds on the Writing Certificate by focusing more intensely on technical and professional writing, while offering you a range of written rhetorical skills. The Professional Writing Certificate establishes your ability to write well in professional settings and beyond.

Supplement your degree

Students learn to write creatively, technically and professionally through Western’s Writing Certificates, providing them with marketable and highly sought skills applicable to any industry.


At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

Code Title Credits Description
CHEM 302 Chemical Information Literacy and Communication 3 View
COM 241 Media Writing 3 View
COM 306 Scriptwriting 3 View
ENG 205 Introduction to Creative Writing 3 View
ENG 220 Grammar and the English Language 3 View
ENG 230 Environmental Literature (GT-AH2) 3 View
ENG 232 Borderlands: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality 3 View
ENG 237 Women and Literature 3 View
ENG 238 Literary Culture of the American West 3 View
ENG 250 Critical Approaches to Literature 3 View
ENG 255 Ancient World Literature (GT-AH2) 3 View
ENG 270 Folklore 3 View
ENG 300 Creative Writing: Fiction 3 View
ENG 301 Creative Writing: Poetry 3 View
ENG 302 Technical Writing 3 View
ENG 305 Creative Writing: Non-Fiction 3 View
ENG 337 Women Writers 3 View
ENG 370 Myth and Culture 3 View
ENG 372 British Literature: Medieval and Renaissance Texts 3 View
ENG 373 British Literature: Milton through the Romantics 3 View
ENG 374 British Literature: The Victorians to the Present Day 3 View
ENG 384 American Literature Early to Civil War 3 View
ENG 385 American Literature-Civil War to Present 3 View
ENG 445 Literary Magazine Submission and Production 3 View
ENG 463 Major British Authors: Cont. Lit. & Film 3 View
ENG 464 Major American Authors: 3 View
ENVS 200 Writing the Environment 3 View
GEOL 302 Geoscience Writing 2 View


Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

The data below is automatically collected by Burning Glass Technologies, a firm that sources job market data and provides analytics. The statistics illustrate general trends in U.S. careers, but do not precisely represent every job and salary.


Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.

Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.

  • This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
  • Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
  • GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).

Due date has been extended to April 15 for 2021. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Board, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.


Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).

Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:

  • This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
  • Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
  • The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
  • The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
  • GPA must be 2.5 or above (high school or college of transfer).

The applicant must fill out the application form found here (click). Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.


Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.


The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western’s highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.

There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student’s GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

Get Involved

Apply your education to the real-world.

Take your education outside of the classroom—build your professional network, gain practical experience and jump-start your career.

  • Contemporary Writer Series: Emerging and established literary artists visit campus and community venues.
  • Playwriting: Script plays for the Theatre program.
  • Sigma Tau Delta: Join the international English honor society.
  • Teaching Assistantships: Students help fellow students in challenging writing courses.
  • Wordhorde: This group hosts slam poetry and fiction at open-mic nights.
  • Writing Center: Work as a writing consultant for the greater campus community.

Delve into your passions

The Writing Certificate provides foundational courses in English and is flexible so students may take courses in their areas of interest—whether that be creative, argumentative, media or scientific writing.

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Department Chairperson

Jack Lucido, MFA

Professor of Communication Arts, Director of Film Studies, Chair of CALL Department

Administrative Assistant

Cindy Petito

Administrative Assistant II

Contact Information



Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Taylor Hall 216
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231