Certificate in Communication Skills

Requirements (32 units)

Certificates may be earned by regularly matriculated or extended learning students and denote successful completion of a prescribed program of study designed to:

  1. impart specified professional/vocational/career competencies; or
  2. produce mastery of the content of a sub-field of an academic major (discipline); or
  3. provide exposure to the range of materials in a traditional or emerging interdisciplinary field.

Certain certificate programs contain 600-level courses as requirements and/or electives. These 600-level courses may not be taken by undergraduate students. Candidates must receive two-thirds of their certificate-applicable credit from the university. The transferring of credit or the substitution of courses may occur only after application to the appropriate campus authority.

Certificate Requirements

Required course (4)
COMM 491Ethical Aspects of Communication4
Electives (28)
Public speaking. Four units chosen from:4
Oral Communication
Critical Thinking Through Argumentation
Business and Professional Communication
Intercultural communication
COMM 304Intercultural Communication4
or COMM 411 Gender and Communication
Interpersonal communication. Four units chosen from:4
Small Group Communication
Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication
Communication for Training Programs
Interpersonal Relations
Public relations:
COMM 341Public Relations Theory and Principles4
or PA 307 Public Relations in the Public Sector
Journalism. Eight units chosen from:8
Writing for Media
Publication Design and Makeup
Nonfiction Reporting and Writing
Media. Two courses for a minimum of four units chosen from:4
Beginning Analog Photography
The Development of Motion Pictures
Introduction to Computer and Electronic Music
Introduction to Studio Recording Techniques
Audio Production
Voice for the Stage
Total Units32