Certificate Program

Certificates may be earned by regularly matriculated or extended learning students and denote successful completion of a prescribed program of study designed to a) impart specified professional/vocational/career competencies; or b) produce mastery of the content of a sub-field of an academic major (discipline); or c) 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 in Communication Skills

Certificate Requirements (32 units)

Required course (4 units)

  1. COMM 491. Ethical Aspects of Communication (4)

Electives (28 units)

  1. Public speaking
    Four units chosen from:
    • COMM 120. Oral Communication (4)
    • COMM 180. Critical Thinking Through Argumentation (4)
    • COMM 311. Business and Professional Communication (4)
  2. Intercultural communication
    Four units chosen from:
    • COMM 304. Intercultural Communication (4)
    • COMM 411. Gender and Communication (4)
  3. Interpersonal communication
    Four units chosen from:
    • COMM 221. Small Group Communication (4)
    • COMM 225. Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication (4)
    • COMM 331. Communication for Training Programs (4)
    • COMM 403. Interpersonal Relations (4)
    • COMM 441. Interviewing (4)
  4. Public relations
    Four units chosen from:
    • COMM 341. Public Relations Theory and Principles (4)
    • PA 307. Public Relations in the Public Sector (4)
  5. Journalism
    Eight units chosen from:
    • COMM 240. Writing for Media (4)
    • COMM 342. Publication Design and Makeup (4)
    • COMM 343. Nonfiction Reporting and Writing (4)
  6. Media
    Two courses for a minimum of four units chosen from:
    • ART 290. Beginning Photography (5)
    • COMM 381. The Development of Motion Pictures (4)
    • MUS 266. Introduction to Computer and Electronic Music (4)
    • MUS 267. Introduction to Studio Recording Techniques (4)
    • MUS 519. Audio Production (2)
    • TA 253. Voice for the Stage (2)

For more information please visit our website. Department of Communication Studies.