The Certificate in Communication

A Certificate in Communication demonstrates a student's mastery of a specific area or topic in the study of Communication. The Certificate also identifies the particular technical and transferable skills acquired through the completion of the required coursework.

REQUIREMENTS:  In order to earn a Certificate, students must complete

  • at least FOUR (4) of the required courses listed for each of the Certificates; and,
  • receive a minimum B minus grade for each course.

The Department of Communication complies with the University's Grading Scale:

Students can apply for a certificate only AFTER they have completed and received grades for all the coursework required to earn one of the Certificates listed below:

Multimedia Production

The Certificate in Multimedia Production trains students in several key skill areas:

  • Project proposals
  • Screenwriting / Digital Storytelling
  • Production design
  • Layout design
  • Cinematography
  • Lighting
  • Sound recording and design
  • Directing on-camera performances
  • Interviewing for multimedia
  • Nonlinear Editing
  • Audio- and Video-finishing work
  • Managing Digital Workflows


COMM 2940 Fundamentals of Digital Production
COMM 4940 Digital Video Production
COMM 4941 Nonfiction Video Production
COMM 4340 Visual Communication
COMM 4999 Independent Study

See the Multimedia Production website for more information:


Personal Relations and Social Engagement

The Certificate in Personal Relations and Social Engagement develops the skills to promote healthy interpersonal relationships:

  • Managing conflict and uncertainty
  • Communicating across groups and cultures
  • Recognizing the role of gender, race, and other issues of identity
  • Assessing individual abilities and limitations
  • Identifying the forms and functions of nonverbal behavior
  • Understanding group leadership processes


COMM 3450          Gender and Communication

COMM 4200          Advanced Interpersonal

COMM 4220(W)    Small Group Communication

COMM 4222(W)    People of Color & Interpersonal Communication

COMM 4240           Marital and Family Communication

COMM 4250           Conflict Management

COMM 4460           Cross-Cultural Communication

Professional Communication

The Certificate in Professional Communication provides skills training in the following:

  • Leadership & Management
  • Budgeting & Business Proposals
  • Online Meetings, Presentations & Online Identity
  • Intercultural and Global Business Writing
  • Collaborative Thinking and Working
  • Building, Maintaining & Developing Organizations


COMM 2100 Professional Communication
COMM 2110 Presenting in the Digital World
COMM 2940 Fundamentals of Digital Production
COMM 4230 Organizational Communication
COMM 4991 Internship

Strategic Communication

The Certificate in Strategic Communication provides skills training in the following:

  • Segmenting an audience using cluster analysis.
  • Profiling audience segments based on demographics, psychographics, and media use variables.
  • Interpreting a perceptual map of brands, with a rudimentary understanding of correspondence analysis.
  • Working with correlations and interpret a driver analysis.
  • Interpreting trends for a brand, using volumetrics


COMM 4120      Communication Campaigns & Applied Research
COMM 4130      Marketing
COMM 4640      Social Media Research & Practice
COMM 4800      Communication Processes in Advertising
COMM 4820      Public Relations
COMM 4930W   Public Relations Writing
COMM 4991      Internship

Certificate Award

Once you have completed the certificate coursework, complete this Certificate Award Request form.

After your records have been reviewed, verified and approved, your certificate will be generated.  The review of your records is usually completed within four to six weeks after you request the award.

Students will indicate their preference of award issuance in the Certificate Award Request form.  Award of the Certificate may be issued in print and sent by US mail; through a digital badge (exported to Mozilla Backpack, see below for example); or, both.  


Multimedia Production

Personal Relations & Social Engagement

Professional Communication

Strategic Communication