The Certificate in Communication is a 24-credit program designed to train students to be more effective communicators. Courses, taught by faculty of the Department of Communication, include a range of specialized communication topics. Participants may elect to concentrate their studies in such areas as nonverbal, small group, interpersonal, organizational, or mass communication; persuasion in political settings; or the construction, analysis, and delivery of public speech.
Students must meet requirements for admission to the College of General Studies. A certificate application form must be completed and sybmitted online to the College of General Studies via https://www.cgs.pitt.edu/admission.
Who should participate:
- Business and professional people 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 communications skills
Upon completion of this certificate, participants will be able to:
- Understand the makeup of a persusasive presentation
- Polish and refine their communication skills
- Apply concentrated knowledge of a specialized communication 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.