The Certificate in Communication is a 24-credit program designed to train students to be more effective communicators. Courses, taught by faculty of the Department of Communication, include a range of specialized communication topics. Participants may elect to concentrate their studies in such areas as nonverbal, small group, interpersonal, organizational, or mass communication; persuasion in political settings; or the construction, analysis, and delivery of public speech.
Students must meet requirements for admission to the College of General Studies. A certificate application form must becompletedand returned to the College of General Studies.
This certificate is applicable to fields such as education, writing, broadcasting, public relations, sales, communication training, personnel, promotions, advertising, market research, lobbying, politics, communications, and related fields.
The certificate is composed of three basic communication courses (9 credits) and five communication elective courses (15 credits).
Choose three of the following courses. All courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise noted.
COMMRC 0500 Argument
COMMRC 0520 Public Speaking
COMMRC 0530 Interpersonal Communication
COMMRC 0540 Discussion
COMMRC 0550 Speech Composition
Choose five of the following courses. All courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise noted. Prerequisite courses are in parentheses; English Composition 0200 is required for all 1000-level courses.
COMMRC 0300 Communication Process
COMMRC 0310 Rhetorical Process
COMMRC 0320 Mass Communication Process
COMMRC 1101 Evidence
COMMRC 1102 Organizational Communication (0300)
COMMRC 1103 Rhetoric and Culture (0310 or 0320)
COMMRC 1104 Political Communication (0310 or 0320)
COMMRC 1105 Television and Society (0320)
COMMRC 1106 Small Group Communication (0300)
COMMRC 1109 Nonverbal Communication (0300)
COMMRC 1110 Theories of Interpersonal Communication (0300)
COMMRC 1111 Theories of Persuasion (0520 and 0310 or 0320)
COMMRC 1112 Theories of Rhetoric (0310 and 0520)
COMMRC 1114 Freedom of Speech and Press (0310 or 0320)
COMMRC 1117 21st Century Public Argument (0310 or 0320)
COMMRC 1118 Presidential Rhetoric 1 (0310 or 0320)
COMMRC 1119 Presidential Rhetoric 2 (0310 or 0320)
COMMRC 1121 History of Mass Media (0320)
COMMRC 1122 Media Criticism (0320)
COMMRC1142Theories of Modern Rhetoric (0310)
COMMRC1900 Communication Internship
Requirements subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.