College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Graduate Certificate in Science Communication

This certificate is designed for graduate students with or without an academic communication background to upgrade their knowledge of the field. It is geared to meet the needs of both communication professionals and science professionals who want to emphasize science communication work in their future careers.

The graduate certificate in science communication may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Certificate Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

 All course choices included in this certificate must be approved by the department.

Two required courses (6 credits)

COMM 639 - Science Communication Credits: 3

COMM 641 - Advanced Communication Skills for STEM Credits: 3

One course in COMM (3 credits) chosen from:

COMM 637 - Risk Communication Credits: 3

COMM 640 - Controversies in Science Communication Credits: 3

COMM 642 - Science and the Public Credits: 3

COMM 644 - Analysis and Criticism of Science Journalism Credits: 3

COMM 660 - Climate Change and Sustainability Communication Campaigns Credits: 3

COMM 735 - Crisis Communication Credits: 3

Two courses in STEM, Health Sciences, or Science Policy (6 credits)

These courses should be chosen from any STEM, health sciences, or science policy discipline. Both courses must be from the same discipline and must be graduate level. Choices must be approved by the program director. Students should select from 500- or 600-level courses offered by CHSS, COS, CHHS, SPGIA, or CEHD.

Total: 15 credits

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