Communication Core Certificate


Certificate (Federal aid eligible if certificate is combined with Associate of Science degree, Associate of Applied Science degree, or Bachelor of Applied Science degree. Not eligible for federal aid as a stand-alone certificate.)



Students who complete the Communications Core Certificate will learn the power of persuasive and ethical communication. Additionally, students will demonstrate effective communication skills in their families, communities, and in the workplace. Topics in this advanced certificate include cross-cultural communication and methods to deliver messages that are both informative and engaging.

Career Opportunities

A communications certificate can provide the basis for rewarding careers in many different fields, industries and positions. Graduates may decide to pursue careers in media production, digital journalism, and marketing. copywriter, account specialist and social media manager may all be possible career paths.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the certificate, successful graduates will be able to:
  1. Apply key communication methods, such as persuasive messaging and conflict management, to meet specific objectives.
  2. Research, analyze and present data in order to facilitate effective decision-making.
  3. Communicate ethically within legal boundaries in personal and professional settings.
  4. Apply knowledge and communication skills to projects and real-life situations.

Course Requirements

Students are responsible for examining the course description of each course listed below for details of prerequisites, which must be satisfied before registering for the course.

Course NumberTitleCredits
COMM 300Communication Career Workshop

1 credit

COMM 350Communication Research Methods

3 credits

COMM 360Conflict Management

3 credits

COMM 370Media Law and Ethics

3 credits

COMM 380Communication Project Management

3 credits

COMM 499Communication Internship

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Graduation Requirements

1. Minimum of 15 total semester credit hours as outlined
2. Grade of C- or higher in all program-specific courses
3. Certificate grade point average of 2.0 or higher

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Individual student circumstances, such as the need for a smaller course load or the number of preparatory English or Math courses a student must take, may require additional semesters to complete the program. Please see your academic advisor for assistance.

First Semester

COMM 300, Communication Career Workshop, 1 credit
COMM 350, Communication Research Methods, 3 credits
COMM 380, Communication Project Management, 3 credits

Total Minimum Semester Hours 7

Second Semester

COMM 360, Conflict Management, 3 credits
COMM 370, Media Law and Ethics, 3 credits

Total Minimum Semester Hours 6

Third Semester

COMM 499, Communication Internship, 2 credits

Total Minimum Semester Hours 2

Total Communication Core Certificate Minimum Credit Hours 15