Would improving your writing skills advance your career? With this undergraduate microcertificate, students will learn to write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, including print/online, public relations, broadcasting and advertising.


What Students Will Learn

Based on standards set by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, students who complete this microcertificate will be able to:

  • Order written information in a style that enhances audience understanding.
  • Evaluate what makes a story newsworthy.
  • Critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness.
  • Understand how media professionals use narrative storytelling to engage audiences.
  • Think critically, creatively and independently in the process of telling narrowly focused stories for various media platforms, such as print/online, audio, video and social media.


Required Courses 9 hours


Educational Pathways

Credit hours from this microcertificate could be applied to an on-campus degree program at the U of A, or students could verify with other institutions if programs will accept these courses as transfer credit.


Tuition / credit hour $255.51
Fee / credit hour
Library $4.41
Network & Data Systems $12.10
Off-campus $30
Online Facilities $2

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2023 rates for students studying completely online. Students in online programs who take an on-campus course will pay on-campus fees, mandatory and college fees, for only the on-campus course.

Financial Aid  


  Microcertificate FAQs


  For students in the online BA in Interdisciplinary Studies degree program or U of A degree-seeking students:

In order to add this microcertificate, students must consult their advisers for their academic majors.