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The Opportunity

Creativity and innovation are how businesses move forward and gain a competitive edge. They also present ways to explore your abilities and develop practical skills that help you see the big picture, while approaching problems in a constructive, unique way that helps you stand out from the crowd.

The KU Edwards Campus offers two undergraduate certificate programs that develop your writing and critical thinking skills for the professional world, and add a valuable KU qualification to your resume. Develop your creative side and critical thinking skills with the Creative and Analytical Writing certificate. If you’re more technically minded, develop your professional writing skills and critical analysis abilities with the Critical Thinking and Writing certificate.

Each certificate can be completed in three semesters, and offers a light course load and flexible curriculum that you can take at your own pace. Apply the skills and thought processes you learn to the work you’re already doing and become the innovative, constructive leader you’ve always wanted to be.

 

The Certificates

Creative and Analytical Writing

This certificate is designed to enhance written communication with an emphasis on strengthening creativity. The curriculum’s fiction and poetry writing classes allow you to stretch your creative muscles, while also developing critical thinking and feedback skills through the process of workshopping. Literature courses strengthen critical thinking and analysis skills through studying works in historical and cultural context.

Critical Thinking and Writing

This certificate pairs technical writing and research courses with literature courses that study works in context. The program works directly on professional writing and critical analysis skills, honing your abilities and strengthening your capacity to accurately critique ideas and understand diverse points of view.

Program Format

Courses for both certificates are offered onsite at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park. Select classes are offered online and on the KU Lawrence campus.

More information

For more information on these certificate programs, please complete the form in the top right corner of this page. Select either “Creative and Analytical Writing Certificate (undergraduate)” or “Critical Thinking and Writing Certificate (undergraduate)” as your academic interest.

 

Admission Requirements

All classes required for these certificate programs are junior/senior level. Students need to have completed a 200-level Literature Language and Writing course, or have a bachelor’s degree.

 

Degree Requirements

Creative and Analytical Writing

The Creative and Analytical Writing certificate is 12 credits, to include two courses in each of the following categories.  All 12 hours must be at the JR/SR level.

Creative Writing
ENGL 351 Fiction Writing I 3
ENGL 551 Fiction Writing II 3
ENGL 352 Poetry Writing I 3
ENGL 552 Poetry Writing II 3
ENGL 355 Nonfiction Writing I 3
ENGL 555 Nonfiction Writing II 3
Writing about ideas
ENGL 306 Global Environmental Literature 3
ENGL 327 Studies in Twentieth-Century Drama: _____ 3
ENGL 332 Shakespeare 3
ENGL 338 Introduction to African-American Literature 3
ENGL 479 The Literature of: _____ 3
ENGL 590 Studies in: _____ 1-3
HIST 353 Indigenous Peoples of North America 3
HIST 319 History, Women, and Diversity in the U.S. 3
HIST 530 History of American Women--Colonial Times to 1870 3
HIST 531 History of American Women--1870 to Present 3

 

Critical Thinking and Writing

The certificate will require 12 credits and will require students to include two courses in both of the following three categories.  All 12 hours must be at the JR/SR level.

Writing in the World
ENGL 360 Topics in Writing: _____ 3
ENGL 362 Foundations of Technical Writing 3
ENGL 494 Research Internship 1-3
ENGL 496 Internship 3
ENGL 497 Service Learning Internship 3
Writing about ideas
ENGL 306 Global Environmental Literature 1-3
ENGL 327 Studies in Twentieth-Century Drama: _____ 1-3
ENGL 332 Shakespeare 3
ENGL 338 Introduction to African-American Literature 3
ENGL 479 The Literature of: _____ 3
ENGL 590 Studies in: _____ 3
HIST 353 Indigenous Peoples of North America 3
HIST 319 History, Women, and Diversity in the U.S. 3
HIST 530 History of American Women--Colonial Times to 1870 1-3
HIST 531 History of American Women--1870 to Present 3

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Cost per credit hour
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$443.80 $969.40

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Questions?

Dr. Sharla Cruse
Senior Academic Advisor
913-897-8627
scruse@ku.edu