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Communications (Certificate)

Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Communications
Credits: 30.0
Length: Two semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam, New Westminster
Credential: Certificate
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Summer, Winter
program overview
In the Communications Certificate Program, students get hands-on instruction in spoken and written communications, and choose from relevant courses in other departments, such as sociology, philosophy and modern languages. Graduates gain a solid foundation to start a career in communications or for further education in other fields.
curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 30 credits
  • 25% (8 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College *

*Effective for Summer 2017 graduation, a minimum of 50% of the required program courses must be taken at Douglas College. 

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

Select three courses from the following five options:

CMNS 1104

Foundations of Intercultural Communication


CMNS 1125

Oral Presentations


CMNS 1217

Intercultural Communication in the Workplace


CMNS 1221

Introduction to Media and Communication Studies


CMNS 2316

Understanding and Managing Interpersonal Conflict


Select two courses from the following seven options:

PHIL 1101

Critical Thinking


PHIL 1102

Values and Contemporary Issues


PHIL 1122

Business Ethics


PHIL 2201

Logical Reasoning


POLI 1103

Politics and Ethics


POLI 2200

Introduction to World Politics



Select one course from Modern Languages


Select two courses from the following four options:

PSYC 1100

An Introduction to Psychology (I)


PSYC 1200

An Introduction to Psychology (II)


SOCI 1125

Introduction to Intercultural and International Studies


SOSC 2140

Behaviour in Organizations


Required Courses:

CMNS 1115

Practical Writing


CMNS 1216

Interpersonal Skills for the Workplace


Arts Elective**

Select any university transferable first-year Arts course


Total Credits


** A university transferable course is a course that transfer to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC - on the BC Transfer Guide in an Arts subject area.

Note: For writing courses, CMNS 1099 is recommended as a prerequisite for courses CMNS 1110, CMNS 1111 and CMNS 1115.

Remaining courses to obtain Associate Degree in Arts:

  • 3 credits in 1st year Arts
  • 18 credits in Arts in two or more subject areas
  • 3 credits in Lab Science
  • 3 credits in Math or Statistics or Computer Science
  • 3 credits in Math or Statistics or Science
career transfer pathways
Graduates of the Communications Certificate Program work in entry-level positions in the fields of communications and public relations. Those who want to continue their studies can complete an additional year in communications and other arts courses to earn an Associate of Arts Degree with a specialization in Communications.    

Anyone planning to complete a degree in English, Journalism, Communications, Business, Professional Writing or any other discipline that requires proficiency in written and spoken communication can start with university transfer courses in Communication at Douglas. Students get the benefits of attending college (smaller classes, lower tuition, close to home), plus the assurance that courses will count towards a university degree.     

Douglas offers seven first- and second-year courses that transfer directly into Simon Fraser University’s School of Communications. Plus, many Douglas College communications courses transfer into other related programs at the University of British Columbia, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the University of the Fraser Valley.     

Not sure which courses to take? Check out the British Columbia Transfer Guide or make an appointment with Academic Advising at Douglas College.
admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

program cost

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curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

curriculum notice

There is an upcoming curriculum change scheduled.
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