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Strategic Thinking and Communications

A certificate in Strategic Thinking and Communications provides you with the skills needed to think ahead, anticipate outcomes, and communicate those outcomes effectively in the workplace.

Earn 12 Credits Across Several Disciplines

ANTH 273 - Cross-Cultural Communication
       or LING 273 - Cross-Cultural Communication
ENGL 363 - Introduction to Professional Writing
FORL 360 - Introduction to Intercultural Communication
ISCI 415 - Social Issues in Information and Communications Technologies
ISCI 420 - Information and Communication Needs and Assessment
ITEC 242 - Business Communications
JOUR 201 - Principles of Public Relations
JOUR 285 - Social Media and Society
JOUR 291 - Writing for Mass Communications
JOUR 303 - Law and Ethics of Mass Communications
JOUR 304 - Internet and Social Media Law
JOUR 333 - Public Relations for Nonprofit Organizations
PHIL 213 - Communicating Moral Issues
PHIL 321 - Medical Ethics
      or PHIL 324 - Business Ethics
      or PHIL 325 - Engineering Ethics
POLI 240 - Language Conflict and Language Rights
      or LING 240 - Language Conflict and Language Rights
PSYC 430 - Survey of Social Psychology
RETL 487 - Retail Management Strategies
SAEL 200 - Social Advocacy and Ethical Life
SPCH 140 - Public Communication
      or SPCH 145 - Online Public Communication
SPCH 213 - Communicating Moral Issues
SPCH 230 - Business and Professional Speaking
SPCH 260 - Argumentation and Debat


How It Works

  1. Let us know you're interested by emailing
  2. After reviewing with your academic advisor, we'll add the Certificate to your curriculum in Banner.
  3. Complete 12 credit hours from the course list below. We'll keep track of your progress in DegreeWorks.
  4. Complete a Certificate Application along with your degree application during your final semester.
  5. Be recognized on your transcript, your commencement program, and by official certificate. Be all the more prepared for the career you want!


  • The certificate must be completed concurrently with your undergraduate degree and it cannot delay graduation. 
  • A minimum institutional GPA of 2.0 must be maintained.
  • Two of the four required courses must be taken at the USC Columbia campus.
  • All coursework that applies to the certificate must be earned with a grade of C or better.

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