The Opportunity

Creativity and innovation are how businesses move forward and gain a competitive edge. They also present ways to explore your abilities and develop practical skills that help you see the big picture, while approaching problems in a constructive, unique way that helps you stand out from the crowd.

The KU Edwards Campus offers two undergraduate certificate programs that develop your writing and critical thinking skills for the professional world, and add a valuable KU qualification to your resume. Develop your creative side and critical thinking skills with the Creative and Analytical Writing certificate. If you’re more technically minded, develop your professional writing skills and critical analysis abilities with the Critical Thinking and Writing certificate.

Each certificate can be completed in three semesters, and offers a light course load and flexible curriculum that you can take at your own pace. Apply the skills and thought processes you learn to the work you’re already doing and become the innovative, constructive leader you’ve always wanted to be.

This certificate is designed to enhance written communication with an emphasis on strengthening creativity. The curriculum’s fiction and poetry writing classes allow you to stretch your creative muscles, while also developing critical thinking and feedback skills through the process of workshopping. Literature courses strengthen critical thinking and analysis skills through studying works in historical and cultural context.

The Creative and Analytical Writing certificate is 12 credits, to include two courses in each of the following categories.  All 12 hours must be at the JR/SR level.

Creative Writing
ENGL 351Fiction Writing I3
ENGL 551Fiction Writing II3
ENGL 352Poetry Writing I3
ENGL 552Poetry Writing II3
ENGL 355Nonfiction Writing I3
ENGL 555Nonfiction Writing II3
Writing about ideas
ENGL 306Global Environmental Literature3
ENGL 327Studies in Twentieth-Century Drama: _____3
ENGL 332Shakespeare3
ENGL 338Introduction to African-American Literature3
ENGL 479The Literature of: _____3
ENGL 590Studies in: _____1-3
HIST 353Indigenous Peoples of North America3
HIST 319History, Women, and Diversity in the U.S.3
HIST 530History of American Women--Colonial Times to 18703
HIST 531History of American Women--1870 to Present3