Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2022

Course Requirements

Students will complete one of the following options:

A. JRN/COM 565: Communicating Your Science (3 credits)


B. ALL of the following:

JRN/COM 501: Foundations in Science Communication I (1 credit)

JRN/COM 503: Foundations in Science Communication II (1 credit)

JRN/COM 513: Science of Science Communication (1 credit)


After completing the foundational course/courses, students choose from and complete at least 2 of the following electives (for a total of 6 credits):

  • JRN/COM 516: Communication Research Methods (3 credits)
  • JRN/COM 522: Communicating Science to Decision Makers (3 credits)
  • JRN 525: Health, Environment, Science and Technology Reporting (3 credits)
  • JRN 526: Building and Assessing Communication Strategies (3 credits)
  • JRN 528: Engaging with Journalists (3 credits)
  • JRN/COM 534: Communicating Your Science Using Digital Media (3 credits)
  • JRN/COM 575: Special Topics in Science Communication* (3 credits)
  • JRN/COM 577: Communication Law and Ethics (3 credits)
  • JRN/COM 585: Communicating Science and Health Risks to the Public (3 credits)
  • JRN/COM 587: Independent Study (3 credits)
  • JRN/COM 588: Graduate Internship* (3 credits)

Outside of the School of Journalism, JRN (as appropriate to students’ home disciplines)

  • WRT 621 Graduate-Level Writing (3 credits)

The Graduate Committee, which consists of the Graduate Program Director and four other faculty, will identify other relevant courses and formally review them to determine if they are appropriate for the Certificate.

Students must complete the following as the final 3 credits of the 12-credit certificate:

JRN/COM 599: Project Work in Science Communication

*JRN/COM 575 or JRN 588 may substitute for JRN 599 in some cases