Communication Ethics

Graduate Certificate in Communication Ethics

Any student who is unconditionally admitted to the Division of Graduate Studies may earn a certificate in communication ethics as an enhancement to a graduate degree. However, the certificate may be of particular interest to the journalism school’s graduate students.

The certificate program is designed to provide students with the ability to apply and teach both theoretical and applied ethical decision-making strategies covering a variety of media—from print and broadcast journalism to advertising and public relations, including both message construction and the multiple delivery systems associated with the modern mass media (print, broadcast, electronic, and digital).

Students should be able to fulfill the program requirements within a two-year period, normally in conjunction with their primary graduate emphasis. 

Communication Ethics Graduate Certificate Requirements

J 644Philosophy of Communication4
Select three of the following: 112
Issues in Communication Studies: [Topic]
Communication Ethics and Law: [Topic]
Political Economy of Communication
Cultural Approaches to Communication
International Communication
Approved courses in other departments 28
Other journalism or outside courses 3,44
Total Credits28

Additional Requirement

Course work must be taken for letter grades.

The required journalism courses from which students select two courses are generally taught at least once a year. Substitutions may occur if courses are not available. Other, relevant courses may also be substituted for courses on this list as they are developed or are considered germane to an individual student’s program.


For more information on the program and application procedure, contact Tom Bivins, John L. Hulteng Chair in Media Ethics and Responsibility, 541-346-3740,