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Business & Technical Writing

Certificate in Business & Technical Writing

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This website shows the most recent version of the degree program requirements. 
However, this version of the program may not be relevant to students who entered USF Sarasota-Manatee in a previous year.  All students should always consult the catalog for the year they entered and consult with their advisors.


The Certificate in Business and Technical Writing is open to students of diverse backgrounds who wish to pursue careers as professional writers and editors serving clients and employers in industry, business, government, and the professions or to use these writing/editing skills to supplement their training and enhance their employability in other professional fields.


Students majoring in English LIT must meet all degree requirements of USF Sarasota-Manatee and the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the following:

  • Students can pursue a certificate in Business and Technical Writing while pursuing another degree or as a non-degree seeking student.
  • Students wishing to apply for the BTW Certificate should contact their academic advisor or an instructor in the BTW program.
  • Admission will require an interview by phone or in person, and submission of a writing sample on a topic assigned by faculty.
  • Students must earn at least a B (not B-) in each course taken for the certificate.


Certificate Program of Study

A certificate in Business and Technical Writing consists of 5 ENC courses, any of those listed below (15 credits).
ENC 3242      Technical Communication for Majors
ENC 3246      Communication for Engineers
ENC 3250      Business Writing
ENC 3310      Expository Writing
ENC 3416      New Media for Technical Communication
ENC 4212      Business and Technical Editing
ENC 4218      Visual Rhetoric for Technical Communication
ENC 4260      Advanced Technical Writing
ENC 4264      Managerial Communications
ENC 4906      Business & Technical Writing - Independent Study
ENC 4931      Selected Topics in Business & Technical Writing
ENC 4946      Business & Technical Writing - Internship

Courses prepare the student for graduate school, and provide practical knowledge, which can lead to career opportunities in a variety of related occupational areas, such as: advertising copy writer, editor, journalist, lawyer, press secretary, public relations director, reporter, speech writer, teacher or professor, technical writer, writer or author.

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Amanda Shurtleff
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