College of Humanities and Social Sciences


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.

Certificate Requirements (Catalog Year 2014-2015)

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

One required course (3 credits)

COMM 639 - Science Communication - Credits: 3

One course in communication research methods (3 credits) chosen from:

COMM 650 - Research Methodologies in Communication - Credits: 3
COMM 725 - Qualitative Methods - Credits: 3
COMM 775 - Media Content Analysis Credits: 3

Two courses in COMM (6 credits) chosen from:

These courses include communication content directly relevant to science or to communication work in science-oriented organizations.

COMM 637 - Risk Communication - Credits: 3
COMM 640 - Controversies in Science Communication - Credits: 3
COMM 641 - Advanced Communication Skills for STEM - 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

One elective course in COMM (3 credits)

Total: 15 credits

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

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