Effective communication is crucial to any industry or workplace. No matter what your career goals are, knowing how to convey your ideas clearly can greatly impact your success.
Offered in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh's Communication department, this 24-credit certificate from the College of General Studies will help you develop your communication skills, whether you’re looking to enhance your persuasive speaking and presentation ability, improve your writing, or gain an understanding of how mass media affects society.
The CGS Difference
This certificate can be pursued as a standalone program or in conjunction with the completion of another degree at Pitt.
Who Should Participate
- Business people and professionals whose success may be enhanced by improved communication skills and further understanding of the communication process
- Those who wish to increase their personal knowledge of communication for use in their careers
- Citizens involved in community and public positions in which persuasive delivery and analysis are vital
- Persons seeking a better understanding of the impact of interpersonal, organizational, public, and mass communication in the contemporary world
- Students already enrolled in the College of General Studies or other University programs who want to concentrate on communication skills
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Understand the makeup of a persuasive presentation
- Polish and refine their written and oral communication skills
- Apply knowledge of specialized communications topics
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 communication certificate is composed of three basic communication courses (nine credits) and five communication elective courses (15 credits), for a total of 24 credits.
- Students must achieve a minimum grade of C (2.0) or better for all courses required for the program.
- Up to nine credits may be transferred from other accredited educational institutions through a transfer-of-credit evaluation process. A minimum of five courses (15 credits) must be completed at Pitt.
Required Courses: (9 credits)
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Electives: (15 credits)
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Program Planning Checklist
Download our handy Communication certificate checklist (PDF) to plan and track your progress in the program.
Important: Course Overlap Rules
As you plan your certificate coursework, please make sure to review the CGS Course Overlap policy for information on how many courses can be double-counted if a student elects to pursue a CGS certificate in combination with other CGS and non-CGS majors, minors, and certificates. If you have questions, please contact your CGS advisor or CGS Advising at CGSAdv@pitt.edu.
Note: Requirements are subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.