Family Communication (Certificate)

This is a valuable certificate for students planning to enter careers or graduate study in fields like psychology, counseling, family studies, social work, medicine or nursing, law, aging, pastoral care, human services, media or communication technology. 

The certificate program in family communication, offered by the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, focuses on issues affecting communication in the family. This is a valuable certificate for students planning to enter careers or graduate study in fields like psychology, counseling, family studies, social work, medicine or nursing, law, aging, pastoral care, human services, media or communication technology. It complements the current communication program by bringing together an array of courses that have implications for the family unit, such as courses in new media and health. Students also are encouraged to take courses in other disciplines that complement family-related communication courses.

Program Offered

Family Communication (Certificate)

Offered by
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Location
West

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Program Requirements

The certificate in family communication consists of 19 credit hours (a minimum of 12 credit hours must be upper division). Six credit hours must come from non-communication coursework. A one credit hour exit portfolio is required and may be taken after a minimum of 12 hours toward the certificate has been completed. Twelve of the 19 credit hours must be ASU courses and six credit hours may be shared with major requirements. Four courses must be selected from at least two content areas listed below. The courses listed are suggested and actual courses should be selected in conjunction with an academic advisor. All courses used to satisfy requirements for the certificate must be passed with a "C" or better.
Required Courses -- 6 credit hours
Content Area Courses -- 12 credit hours
Four courses must be selected from at least two content areas listed below (12 credit hours; minimum 6 upper-division)
Community Application
Health and Family Development
Social and Cultural Elements of the Family
Technology, Media and the Family
Family Communication Portfolio -- 1 credit hours
Notes: The communication portfolio is a synthesis of the student's family communication academic experience. The portfolio itself integrates each student's experience with theory and concepts from course work. The portfolio may take a variety of forms, to be negotiated by each student and the instructor. This course is to be taken after a minimum of 12 credit hours toward the certificate have been completed.
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

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