Organizational Communication, Certificate

(Code 583-601)

The Certificate in Organizational Communication complements majors in every area of study by developing professional, group, and interpersonal communication skills that enable students to contribute to, and better serve, the communities, organizations and societies in which they live and work. Students in any field must be able to analyze, develop and deliver messages to a variety of stakeholders. The Certificate in Organizational Communication helps students hone these abilities by highlighting the role of communication in organizational effectiveness, and by engaging students in both theory and practice. The elective course options for the certificate allow students to focus on the specific communication skills that apply most directly to their particular interests or career aspirations.

Students pursuing an Organizational Communication Certificate are required to complete 12 credits toward the certificate.

Twelve semester credits, including:
Required Courses
CJ 250Introduction to Organizational Communication3
CJ 355Advanced Organizational Communication: Strategic Message Design3
Select six credits from the following:6
Multimedia Communication
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Human Communication Theory
Intercultural Communication
Small Group Communication
Diversity & Communication: Organizational & Media Contexts
Human Resource Development
Strategic Event Planning
Professional Communication
Leadership Communication
Crisis Communication
Total Credits12

Note 1: Courses used for the certificate may not count for the student's major program.

Note 2: Students cannot pursue a Communication, Integrated Strategic Communication, or Journalism Major and the Organizational Communication Certificate to meet graduation requirements for completing a first and second degree program.

Program Learning Outcomes 

Students completing this program will be expected to meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Explain how organizations are created and maintained through communication.
  • Use communication theories and constructs to identify and analyze communication problems and develop ethical solutions.