Graduate Certificate in Digital Rhetoric and Writing

The Graduate Certificate in Digital Rhetoric and Writing will allow students the opportunity to gain professional skills in producing content for digital media. Through skill-based learning and hands-on coursework, the curriculum grants students extensive experience and knowledge in composing texts for the twenty-first century workplace. The courses also will provide students with the skills needed to decipher and navigate a variety of current and evolving digital environments and platforms.  


Program Director:
Dr. Dustin M. Hoffman 

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      Time to completion: 1 year

      Total Credits: 12

      Format: Campus-based

        Required Program 

        Semester Hours 

        4 courses from: 

        • WRIT 501 Writing for New Media 

        • WRIT 502 Digital English Studies 

        • WRIT 566 Writing for Sciences and Technologies 

        • WRIT 510 Topics in Writing and Rhetoric (may be repeated if approved by Graduate

        • WRIT 610 Seminar in Composition, Theory, and Pedagogy 







        Total Semester Hours 


      Application requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Digital Rhetoric and Writing program include:

      • Complete the online Graduate Studies application with the non-refundable application fee.

      • Applicants for admission must have completed a baccalaureate degree with an overall GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale or be enrolled as a current Winthrop University graduate student in good standing.

      • Request official transcript(s) from all institutions attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate Studies office from the issuing institution(s). 

      • Personal statement (400-600 words) and address the following prompt:

        • Describe your writing interests and goals.

        • Please draw on experiences and other pertinent background that show us what sets you apart from other candidates and help us understand your interest in the writing certificate program.


    A minimum of 12 semester hours of WRIT courses must be taken in residence at Winthrop University. Students who completed their baccalaureate degree at Winthrop and took 2 or more of the required 500-level courses will not be eligible to pursue this certificate. 


    Visit the graduate course descriptions webpage to view course descriptions.