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Gavilan Community College offerS a Certificate of Achievement in Communication Studies to students who successfully complete 12 units/4 classes of communication studies coursework. This certificate will inform future employers, college admissions offices and professional institutions that you have received specialized training in communication skills. The certificate can accompany any degree and enhance your qualifications for the job or university you desire.

Take this opportunity to learn skills that will increase your understanding of yourself, your relationships and your ability to communicate with other people. The Communication Studies Department welcomes you and encourages you to pursue this certificate and empower yourself. You're only four classes away, get started today! Contact Denise Besson-Silvia @ (831) 848-4831 for further information.


CMUN 1A: Introduction to Public Speaking
Basic principles of effective human communication and their function in contemporary public settings; emphasis is on the speech to inform, with special consideration given to fundamental communication skills, including organization, reasoning, explanation and listening. (CSU; UC; CSU-GE, A1; IGETC, 1C; CAN: SPCH 4)

CMUN 2: Oral Reading
An introduction to the analysis and dramatic reading of literature, including classical and contemporary prose and poetry. Students will prepare, present, evaluate, and orally interpret great works of literature to an audience employing the oral communication skills necessary for captivating and engaging an audience. (CSU; UC; CSU-GE, C1; AA/AS, C1)

CMUN 4: Intercultural Communication
This course will explore the dynamics of communication as it applies to people from different cultures. Course content focuses on the application of theory and research to intercultural contexts. Increasing the awareness and understanding of diversity, the perception process, culture, verbal and nonverbal communication and the obstacles that prevent one from becoming a competent intercultural communicator will be examined. (CSU; UC; CSU-GE, D3 D7; IGETC, 4G; AA/AS, D2)

CMUN 5: Fundamentals of Communication Studies
This course provides instruction and application of theory and practice in various communication contexts including the self concept, interpersonal, interviewing skills, small group dynamics, and public speaking. Emphasis is placed on analytical and organizational skills, listening, nonverbal and verbal communication, and public speaking communication methodology. (CSU; UC; CSU-GE: A1; IGETC: 1C; GAV-GE: A1)

CMUN 8: Interpersonal Communication
This course studies the communication process in an interpersonal (dyadic) setting. This class will explore the ways in which we can improve our communication with others. Verbal and nonverbal messages, self concept, cultural differences, gender differences, perception, listening and conflict management will be explored. (CSU; UC; CSU-GE, A1; IGETC, 1C; AA/AS, A1)

CMUN 10: Small Group Communication
An introductory course that develops basic individual reasoning skills, insights and experiences in information sharing, interacting, decision-making, problem-solving, resolution of disputes and other issues central to group processes. (CSU; UC; CSU-GE, A1; IGETC, 1C; AA/AS, A1; CAN: SPCH 10)

CMUN 11: Business Communication
This course will explore business communication contexts by examining organizational cultures, strategic vision and goal setting, leadership managerial roles, and team building communication. Emphasis is placed on analytical and organizational skills, listening, nonverbal and verbal communication, public speaking communication methodology, and domestic and international relations through use of hybrid online and classroom environment for lecture and application. (CSU)

CMUN 129: Presentation Graphics - MS Powerpoint
This introductory course in presentation graphics will use Microsoft Office's "Power Point" software to create a computerized presentation with text and objects. This is a credit/no credit course. (CSU) y.html" -->