Certificate of Professional Communication

This certificate develops students’ professional communication competency including oral and written proficiency, effective messaging and presentation, and teamwork and collaboration skills in various work and organizational contexts.

Lower-Division Courses

Select two lower-division courses from the following options:

COMS 1301 - FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING

Stress on development of the individual's speaking abilities and confidence in a variety of speaking situations.

COMS 2302 - PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Theory and practice in written and oral presentations with an emphasis on professional and technical communication for science and engineering. Prerequisites: 30 or more hours earned; ENGL 1301 and either ENGR 1300 or ENGL 1302.

COMS 2305 - BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION

Insight into communication skills. Designed to give the student experience in interviewing, business presentations, organizational reports, and the relationship of visual and oral presentations to business.

COMS 2304 - GROUP COMMUNICATION PRINCIPLES

Principles and practice of effective interaction within small groups including meeting planning, agenda setting, conflict management, and decision making.

Upper-Division Courses

Select two upper-division courses from the following options:

COMS 3310 - GROUP COMMUNICATION THEORY

Characteristics of group communication including group function and formation, norms, cohesion, problem solving, leadership, and ethics. Prerequisite: COMS 2304 with a grade of C or better (2.0/4.0) and 3 hours of Math.

COMS 3320 - INTERVIEW PRINCIPLES

Theory and practice in interviewing as it relates to information-gathering, questioning, and response analysis in probing, persuasive, employment, and survey interviews; practical and legal application in employment interviews; preparation of resume and cover letter. Prerequisite: One of the following: COMS 1301, COMS 2302, or COMS 2305.

COMS 4300 - PERSUASIVE COMMUNICATION

Analysis of the means by which persuasive communication affects individuals and society. Extensive reading of theories of techniques of persuasion. Study of the adaptation of motivational appeals, structural strategies, and other persuasive techniques in interpersonal and public contexts. Prerequisite: COMM 3315 and COMS 1301; COMS 2304 with a grade of C or better (2.0/4.0).

COMS 4315 - BUSINESS PRESENTATIONS

The role of internal and external informative and persuasive presentations in business organizations. Extensive readings and practice with an emphasis on research, development, organization, and critical evaluation of oral and visual presentations. Credit will not be given for both COMS 4315 and PCOM 4315. Prerequisite: COMS 1301 and a grade of C or better (2.0/4.0) in COMS 2302 or COMS 2305.

COMS 4322 - COMMUNICATION TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

The process of analyzing communication problems and providing training skills for businesses and organizations. Emphasizes practical knowledge of facilitating skill improvement in verbal and nonverbal communication. Prerequisite: COMS 1301 and a grade of C or better (2.0/4.0) in COMS 2302 or COMS 2305.