Dorothy A. Stephens
Department Chair
333 Kimpel Hall
479-575-4301
E-mail: dstephen@uark.edu 

Lisa A. Hinrichsen
Director of Graduate Studies
333 Kimpel Hall
479-575-4301
E-mail: lhinrich@uark.edu

Certificate Offered:

Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics (TWRH) (non-degree)

For more information about the Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics, visit the program's website. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, the department stipulates that the following conditions must be met.

Requirements: In order to complete the Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics, students must complete 12 credit hours of coursework, with at least 6 of these hours coming from the Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics core curriculum. The additional 6 hours of credit may come from a list of approved elective courses or from additional courses from the core curriculum. Students must earn a grade of ‘B’ or better for all courses used to fulfill the requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics. In addition to coursework, students are required to complete a Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics Portfolio consisting of at least 4 pieces from the student’s coursework in the program.

Core Curriculum6-9
Minimum 6 hours required
Document Design for Technical Writers (Odd years, Fa)
Technical Writing for Online Audiences (Even years, Fa)
Technical Writing Praxis (Su)
Elective Courses3-6
Maximum of 6 hours allowed
Advanced Studies in Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics (Irregular)
Advanced Studies in Rhetoric and Composition (Irregular)
Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition (Irregular)

Other relevant graduate coursework will be allowed on a case-by-case basis, subject to administrative approval and topical relevancy to the graduate certificate and its aims.

Portfolio: Students must consult with the Director of the Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics program during their final semester to develop and defend a portfolio. The program director will chair students' portfolio review committee; working with the director, students will choose two additional faculty members to serve on the committee and at least four pieces of writing to include in the portfolio.  Students will work with the committee to polish those pieces to a level appropriate for publication or non-profit, government, or corporate use.  When the portfolio is approved by the committee, students will host a public viewing of their works, and the portfolio will be added to the certificate program's online repository of student work hosted by the university library.