Program Overview

The Certificate of Professional Writing is designed for students who want to build their writing skills in order to get jobs that require clear, professional written communication.  Classes are small and give sustained, personal attention to students’ writing, including individualized feedback on projects, to foster growth in every student. Writing projects focus on documents commonly needed in professional and public situations, including reports, instructions, and proposals. 

The certificate consists of 12 credit hours (4 classes) and can be completed in a year.  As students proceed through the classes, they compile a portfolio of professional writing samples that can be used on the job market. 

The program is open to current SHC students and to members of the community. Community members can complete the program with all online courses.  On-campus students may select in-person courses as well as online courses to complete the certificate when they are available.


On Campus


12 Credits

Time To Degree:

2-3 Semesters

Average Class Size:


Program Goals

This certificate prepares students to:

  • Adapt to new and varied writing tasks to satisfy different needs 
  • Write well in multiple modes and genres
  • Analyze audience and use that information to write user-friendly documents
  • Incorporate research and present complex content clearly and effectively
  • Revise their own work to improve clarity, organization, and effectiveness (purpose)
  • Edit documents written by themselves and others
  • Write in clear, correct grammar and mechanics for professional situations

Career Outlook

Students in this certificate program will be able to analyze professional and technical writing situations, create detailed content, and edit content to match proper grammar and professional standards. This program is highly recommended to those going into a field where reports, documents, and research are heavily valued such as marketing, finance, human resources, etc.

Why SHC?

  • At Spring Hill College, we’re making our mark – With our small class sizes and affordable tuition, Spring Hill College is uniquely qualified to provide a high quality education to our students. Our Jesuit, Catholic college education is renowned as a well-rounded higher education approach, with an emphasis on empowering students with a passion for knowledge and personal growth. With our recent tuition cut, Spring Hill College is one of the most affordable private colleges in the country.
  • We’re curious and inspired – Forbes Magazine has ranked Spring Hill College as one of the top ten best colleges for return on investment (ROI). In our class of 2019, 99.5% of graduates attained placement six months after graduation through employment, graduate/professional school, internship or service.
  • We’re doers – Our students contribute 24,000 hours on average to the local community through the Foley Center each year. 100% of the 2020 graduates that applied to medical school were accepted. Spring Hill College has a 100% certification rate and a 92% placement rate with our Education program over the last five years.


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  • Robert Arbour

    Assistant Professor

  • Stephanie Callan

    Division Chair of Languages and Literature

  • Stephanie Girard

    Associate Professor

  • Leigh Ann Litwiller Berte

    Associate Professor

  • Catherine Swender

    Associate Professor

  • Andrew Tumminia

    Associate Professor

  • Michael Williams

    Associate Professor – Emeritus

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