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University of Pittsburgh    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jul 14, 2024
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Communications Certificate

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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.

Admission requirements:

Students must meet requirements for admission to the College of General Studies. A certificate application form must be completed and returned to the College of General Studies.

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 what makes one presentation more persuasive than another
  • Polish and refine their communication skills
  • Apply concentrated knowledge of a specialized communication topic

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.

Curriculum (24 credits)

The certificate is composed of three basic communication courses (9 credits) and five communication elective courses (15 credits).

  • A minimum of five of the required eight courses must be completed at the University of Pittsburgh
  • No course with a grade below C will be accepted for certificate credit

Required Courses (9 credits)

Choose three of the following courses. All courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise noted.


Requirements subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.

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