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Organizational Communication students
Undergraduate Certificate in
Organizational Communication


The online certificate in organizational communication is a 4-course, 12-credit program of study. To earn this certificate, you must successfully complete:

  • 6 credits of required courses
  • 6 credits of related electives

The courses are taught by Penn State faculty using a combination of web and email resources as the delivery method. Upon successful completion of the program, a Certificate of Academic Accomplishment is awarded. The certificate program in organizational communication is an outreach service of Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts.

Course List — Undergraduate Certificate in Organizational Communication 

Required Courses (6 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Communication and Information Technology CAS 283 Introduction to communication technology and information management; intended for students in the liberal arts. 3 credits
Organizational Communication CAS 352 Examines the function and structure of communication in both formal and informal situations. 3 credits
Elective Courses (choose 6 credits from the following)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Conflict Resolution and Negotiation CAS 404 Theories and strategies important for conceptualizing, developing, and managing conflict negotiation, mediation, and third-party intervention.

Prerequisite: 6 credits of CAS
3 credits
Organizational Communication Theory and Research CAS 452 Explores the nature and functions of communication in organizations, with emphasis on concepts, tools, and skills for effective management of communication.

Prerequisite: CAS 202 or CAS 252
3 credits
Studies in Public Address CAS 475 History and criticism of public discourse; intensive analysis of selected public addresses and social movements.

Prerequisite: 6 credits of CAS
3 credits
Advanced Business Writing ENGL 419 Preparing and editing reports and presentations common to business, industry, and government.

Prerequisites: ENGL 202A, ENGL 202B, ENGL 202C, or ENGL 202D
3 credits


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