Evergreen Valley College offers a Communication Studies Certificate to students who successfully complete nine or more units of communication studies course work. This certificate will inform future employers, college admissions offices, graduate schools, and professional institutions that you have received specialized training in speech communication skills.
The importance of the skills acquired through studying and practicing interpersonal, small group, and intra-cultural communication, argument, public speaking and listening training for personal and professional success cannot be overemphasized. Your communication Studies Certificate will not only enhance your chance of being selected for the job or position that you desire, but may also open other personal and professional doors.
Certificate of Specialization
COMS-010 - Interpersonal Communication
This course provides students with an understanding of basic principles of general and interpersonal communication. It enables them to develop better interpersonal effectiveness through discussion of both effective and ineffective communication techniques, emphasizing the practice of constructive interactive skills.
Lecture Hours: 3 | Lab Hours: None | Repeatable: No | Grading: L
Advisory Level — Read: 3 | Write: 3 | Math:
Transfer Status: CSU/UC | Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COMS-020 - Oral Communication
Students are taught the skills of speechmaking. Students focus on the following basic elements: rhetorical theory, researching, organizing and outlining a topic, analyzing an audience, effective use of language, ethics, effective presentation aids, critical listening, credibility, and physical delivery. Students will be required to attend speech activities outside of the classroom environment.
COMS-040 - Introduction to Argumentation
This course provides students with an understanding of how to support intelligent decisions by using reasoned discourse. Instruction in: logical analysis of modern controversies; the formulation of propositions for argument; construction of arguments; application through discussion and debate. This course emphasizes the importance of competent advocacy in a free society.
COMS-045 - Small Group Communication
In this course emphasis is on two perspectives within the group context: communication and decision making. Communication is the organizing means of the group; decision making is the purpose of the group. Concepts such as group process, leadership and status, social conflict and deviance, roles and rules, power, and decision-making will be investigated. Public speaking skills in group situations or as a group.