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Certificate in Writing Studies

54 Certificates

    Augustana Faculty currently offers two certificates to graduating students which acknowledge formally that students have studied particular themes, within one discipline, or across disciplines. Normally the requirements for the certificates can be completed as part of the requirements for the degree; however, in some cases, a student may need to take more than the minimum required for his or her degree program in order to qualify for both the degree and the certificate. The following certificates are available:

    Certificate in Community Mental Health: Theory and Practice: available to students with a major in Psychology in the Augustana Faculty BA or BSc program (see §53.20.3).

    Certificate in Writing Studies: available to students in any Augustana degree program (see §54.1).

54.1 Certificate in Writing Studies

    A Writing Studies Certificate indicates a high level of achievement in written communication. Writing is a fundamental aspect of education that crosses fields, disciplines, departments and programs, and the research-teaching divide. Writing helps develop critical thinking as it allows individuals to reflect upon, understand, and learn complex new ideas. Writing enables the growth of insight into knowledge, and good writing skills are at the heart of clear, concise, and cogent communication.

    Writing is, in fact, a cornerstone to nearly all postsecondary academic endeavours, and it is the integral connection between learning and discovery. Enhanced skills in written communication gained through the integration of learning and discovery, and through multidisciplinary endeavours, are necessary for the highest achievements in knowledge acquisition and translation. The requirements for this Certificate are founded in both mentorship and peer-based learning, and will inspire students to a deeper engagement with personal development. Excellent writing skills are a necessary competency that stands out in an increasingly competitive job market.

    To qualify for the Certificate in Writing Studies, students accepted into the program must successfully complete 30 credits with a minimum 2.7 GPA, as follows:


*12 of writing instruction:

    AUENG 103 and 104 (*6)

    One of AUENG 212, 215 or 312 (*3)

    AUIDS 242 or 244 (*3).


*18 in courses designated as “writing intensive” according to the following criteria


at least 3000 words of assigned writing,


at least 50% of the course grade based on writing assignment including but not limited to essays, journals, lab manuals, and exams/quizzes that are graded and returned to the student,


substantial revision of writing/staged writing assignments through faculty and/or peer review,


class time devoted to instruction in writing in the discipline.

    Courses eligible for inclusion in this requirement are as follows: AUART 381; AUBIO 253, 350, 390, 413, 459; AUDRA 384; AUENG 202, 205, 207, 230, 268, 270, 271, 280, 281, 292, 302, 305, 307, 314, 317, 319, 330, 368, 370, 371, 380, 381, 392; AUENV 350, 459; AUGDS 427, 428; AUHIS 190, 260, 361, 463, 480; AUIDS 270; AUMGT 330; AUPHI 102, 200, 210, 350, 355, 365; AUPSY 471; AUSCA 221, 237, 241, 251, 261, 271.

    Other courses may be approved by Augustana Faculty if they meet the requirements of this certificate program. Students should consult with their Academic Advisor.

    Normally a student will make an application at the end of their second year. Interested students should consult with their Academic Advisor as early as possible.

    This certificate is awarded upon graduation.

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