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Communication - Presentational - Certificate Of Achievement

Communication comes in many forms, especially in this global age. Sharpen your skills and complement your degree with a Communication Certificate.

Studies confirm that organizations are looking for employees who can work effectively by listening, speaking, and writing with other people. By studying communication, you have an opportunity to improve your interactions and relationships with others both professionally and personally. Communication skills and training can lead to careers in everything from advertising, journalism, teaching, performance art, and more.

Communication skills can help you:

  • develop a better understanding of yourself and perspective
  • improve speaking, listening and writing skills
  • handle conflict and challenges
  • be aware of nonverbal communication
  • work effectively within a group

About the Program

This certificate is a total of 12 credits or 4 courses. Remember if you have taken a communication course already, you may be on your way to earning this additional endorsement.

You have the opportunity to develop your communication skills by tailoring your certificate, choosing either the Interpersonal or Presentational Skills option.

You'll have the opportunity use your communication skills outside of the classroom by joining The Collegiate newspaper, acting in Delta Drama Department productions and more.

Students say...

"This Certificate is beneficial because it will go well with a social work degree. Every extra thing that I can achieve will be a benefit when making a resume." -- Alissa Jesse

"Employers are seeking individuals with adequate communication, as well as writing skills. These are important assets to possess in order to do well both inside and outside most companies and organizations." -- Willie J. Burton Sr.

"Taking Communications courses has made me a better communicator and helped me better understand the communication styles and practices of others." -- Jennifer Reuther

Job Outlook

The Communication field offers many rewarding career opportunities. In addition to careers in this field, employees in other fields with excellent communication skills often find increased mobility. This degree prepares you for entry-level positions, with experience and additional education, advanced positions are available.

2010 median pay for communication jobs:

Advertising and public relations $55,290
Human Resources training specialist $51,450
K-12 or secondary school teacher $47,100 - $51,180
Reporters and correspondents $34,850
Actor $14.48 - $28.72 /hour

Source: 2010-11 Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at


For more information, contact:

Lyn Lemerand
Communication program coordinator
Office: S-257

Communication - Presentational - Certificate Of Achievement

Program Code: CSZ.35326

The Communication Certificate will offer students the opportunity to develop their communication skills. The certificate offers two tracks; one that focuses on more interpersonal communication skills and one that emphasizes presentational and organizational skills. This certificate is an opportunity for professional development in key workplace communication skills for students of any age and level of experience.

Required Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
COM 112W3Fundamentals of Oral Communication ______________
COM 202W3Oral Communication for Managers ______________
COM 236W3Advanced Oral Communication ______________

Elective Options (must select one)

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
COM 212W3Listening ______________
COM 214W3Small Group Communication ______________
COM 2223Introduction to Acting ______________
COM 224W3Nonverbal Communication ______________
COM 235W3Principles of Persuasion ______________
COM 244W3Family Communication ______________
COM 245W3Intercultural Communication ______________

12Total Credits


1 - A grade of "C" or higher is required in all courses for the certificate.

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