Writing Certificates

  • Pair with any bachelor's degree
    • Certificate

    Get Involved

    A college education is more than just taking courses. Meet new people, apply your skills and stretch beyond your comfort zone. Make your education an experience.

    • Contemporary Writer Series: Emerging and established literary artists visit campus and community venues.
    • Playwriting: Script plays for the Theatre program.
    • Sigma Tau Delta: Join the international English honor society.
    • Teaching Assistantships: Students help fellow students in challenging writing courses.
    • Wordehorde: This group hosts slam poetry and fiction at open-mic nights.
    • Writing Center: Work as a writing consultant for the greater campus community.


    Institutional Scholarships

    Common Scholarships

    Western offers approximately 70 common scholarships for which a wide variety of students are eligible (e.g., locals, veterans, transfers). Apply for any number of these common scholarships using Western’s Common Scholarship Application, which is due April 1. For more information, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Early Action Credit

    If a student is accepted to Western by Nov. 1 and qualifies for a merit scholarship, the student will receive an additional $500 for the first year. Use our Net Price Calculator to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

    Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

    Western Colorado University alumni can nominate prospective students for a $500 scholarship ($250 per semester) for first year only. Application deadline is typically June 1. For more information, visit western.edu/mars.

    Neighboring States Program

    Students with a permanent address from one of the seven contiguous neighboring states to Colorado who have demonstrated financial need are automatically considered for a special $1,000 per year grant, totaling $4,000 over four years.

    The Western Neighboring States program can be added to WUE, CP or merit scholarships. So, if you are a permanent resident of one of those seven states—and show financial need—you are eligible.

    For more information about the Neighboring States program, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

    Presidential Promise

    The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

    For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential promise, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Tuition Discount Programs

    Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

    For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

    Western Merit Scholarship

    Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship. 

    For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Faculty & Staff


    Christine Jespersen, Ph.D. headshot
    Professor of English
    Phone: 970.943.2088
    Office Location: Taylor Hall 218
  • Pair with any bachelor's degree
    • Certificate

    Western’s Writing Certificates build versatile skills in writing and analysis alongside more specialized forms of technical and professional writing. A complement to any major, a certificate signals expertise to employers and graduate programs in professional writing. 

    The 12-credit Writing Certificate offers foundational courses in English where students learn to write clear prose that conveys complex ideas. At the same time, elective courses give students a wide variety of options. The Writing Certificate is flexible enough that students may take courses in their areas of interest, whether that be creative, argumentative, media or scientific writing.

    The 15-credit Professional Writing Certificate builds on the Writing Certificate by focusing more intensely on technical and professional writing, while developing a range of written rhetorical skills. The Professional Writing Certificate establishes that graduates write well for a range of occasions with an added emphasis on professional settings.

    Careers & Opportunities

    Business, industry and government all require writers who can clearly convey complex material. Whether writing will be your primary job or a significant component of it, a Writing Certificate provides a firm foundation in writing excellence. Jobs include:

    • Advertising Copy Writer
    • Attorney
    • Blogger for a Third Party
    • Communications Director
    • Content Marketing Specialist
    • Educational Administrator
    • Government Administrator
    • Grant Writer
    • Instructional Coordinator
    • Journalist
    • Novelist
    • Project Coordinator
    • Public Relations Specialist
    • Publisher
    • Script Writer
    • Social Media Editor
    • Speech Writer
    • Technical Writer

    Learn More 

    Reach out to Christine Jespersen, Ph.D. for more information.