Undergraduate Certificate: Writing, Editing and Publishing

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Create texts in various modalities.
  • Employ careful editing and proofreading skills.
  • Use multiple publication platforms.
  • Revise texts for the needs of different audiences and occasions.

This flexible 12 credit-hour certificate offers students experience writing in a variety of digital and new media formats—including the web, mobile applications, and gaming platforms—as well as communicating effectively in different technical and professional contexts. Students will have opportunities to develop their copywriting and editing skills; publish a digital edition of a magazine; or write and produce a podcast. Students may also choose to build on-the-job experience by conducting internships at local publishing, advertising, or media companies.

Students select 12 credit hours of writing, publication practicum, and internship courses and collect their digital and new media projects into a professional portfolio on a Canvas site dedicated to students completing the Writing, Editing, and Publishing certificate.

To be granted a certificate students must achieve a grade-point average of at least 2.0 in the 12-hour program described below. No credit will be given for courses in which the grade is below C-. This certificate may only be awarded in conjunction with a UMKC undergraduate degree.

ENGLISH 304WIProfessional and Technical Writing3
ENGLISH 308Rhetorics of New Media3
ENGLISH 380Multimodal Writing and Rhetoric3
ENGLISH 381Composing Digital Environments3
ENGLISH 430WITechnical Communication3
ENGLISH 448External Internship1-3
ENGLISH 449APublication Practicum1-3
ENGLISH 449BPublication Practicum3
ENGLISH 449CPublication Practicum1-3