The Office of Undergraduate Education

Certificate in Critical Communication Skills

The UT Dallas Certificate in Critical Communication Skills (C3) provides students with an opportunity to further enhance their communication competence by enrolling in communication-intensive courses beyond those required by their major. Students who obtain the C3 certificate will demonstrate to employers and graduate school admissions personnel that they possess the ability to communicate at an advanced level in their chosen profession or field of study. C3 courses are for students who want to attain highly developed communication skills to succeed in an increasingly competitive job market and graduate school admission process.

The C3 Program is open to all degree-seeking undergraduate students and consists of an interdisciplinary list of designated courses from a variety of degree programs.

The certificate is administered by the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Why Pursue the C3 Certificate?

According to the 2010 National Association of College and Employers (NACE) "Job Outlook 2010 Survey," employers ranked communication skills as the most important attribute they look for in potential employees.[1] However, a recent Conference Board study illustrates that approximately 30 percent of employers rate college graduates as deficient in written and oral communication skills. Additionally, 45 percent of those queried in a College Board survey listed writing as the skill most lacking among entry-level job seekers. Employees with poor writing skills tend to be perceived as unprofessional and less proficient than coworkers who write well; these perceptions limit career options and advancement.[2] The top five reasons given for rejecting graduate school applications include poor writing skills, such as spelling and grammatical errors and application material weak in content and structure.[3] Moreover, at the heart of good relationships is good communication. Whether we interact with colleagues, friends, intimate partners, or members of our family, effective communication can satisfy our need to affiliate with others, reinforce our self-concept, enable us to give and receive information, and improve our physical and psychological health.[4]

Student Application for C3 Certificate

To obtain the Certificate in Critical Communication Skills, students must complete 4 upper division classes (12 hours) designated as Critical Communication Skills courses.

  1. Students must complete courses that meet the following requirements:
    • One of the designated courses taken must emphasize oral communication and presentation skills
    • One of the designated courses taken must emphasize written communication
    • Two designated courses that emphasize both written and oral communication
  2. Student must receive a grade of B or higher in each designated course
  3. Complete the online Application for the Certificate in Critical Communication Skills
    • Use your UT Dallas NetID and Password to access the online C3 Course Designation Request Form
    • Provide all of the requested information. For clarification about the information requested, scroll your mouse over the '?' icon located to the right of the field.
    • Review the information you have provided.
    • Once you have reviewed the information select 'Submit Form' located at the bottom of the page. If your acceptance form was submitted successfully, the screen will read, ‘You have successfully submitted a C3 Course Designation Request Form.’

Click here to fill out the online C3 Application Form

List of approved C3 Courses

Below is a complete list of C3 approved courses. If you are a student and would like to suggest a course for the C3 designation, please email ugdean@utdallas.edu.

Approved CourseCourse C3 RequirementWhen Taught By
ACCT 4334Written and Oral CommunicationEvery occurence
ACCT 4342Written and Oral CommunicationEvery occurence
AMS 4300Written and Oral CommunicationEvery occurence
ARTS 1301Written Communication PrepWinston Stone
ARTS 2231Written Communication PrepAndrew Famglietti
ATEC 3320Written CommunicationCarie S Lambert
ATEC 3325Written and Oral CommunicationJanet Johnson
ATEC 3352Written and Oral CommunicationAdam L Brackin
ATEC 4346Written and Oral CommunicationAdam L Brackin
BA 4336Written CommunicationFang Wu
BA 4337Written and Oral CommunicationEvery occurence
BA 4338Written and Oral CommunicationEvery occurence
BCOM/ACCT 3311Written and Oral CommunicationEvery occurence
BCOM 4350Written and Oral CommunicationEvery occurence
BIOL 4337Written CommunicationEvery occurence
BIS 3320Written CommunicationSusan Chizek, Tonja Wissinger and David Wright
BPS 4305Written and Oral CommunicationEvery occurence
BPS 4307Written and Oral CommunicationEvery occurence
CGS 3325Written CommunicationEvery occurence
CGS 3340Written CommunicationEvery occurence
CHEM 4390Written CommunicationEvery occurence
CHEM 4399Written CommunicationEvery occurence
CLDP 3494Written CommunicationEvery occurence
COMM 3300Written CommunicationEvery occurence
COMM 3301Oral CommunicationElizabeth Bell
COMM 3342Written CommunicationShelley Lane
COMM 3342Written CommunicationTim Redman
COMM 3342Written CommunicationElizabeth Bell
COMM 4314Written and Oral CommunicationElizabeth Bell
COMM 4340Written and Oral CommunicationMaribeth Betsy Schlobohm
COMM 4360Communication EthicsCarie S. Lambert
COMM 3300Written CommunicationEvery occurence
ECON 3330Written and Oral CommunicationEvery occurence
ECON 3335Written CommunicationNathan Berg
ECON 4332Written CommunicationEvery occurence
ECON 4382Written and Oral CommunicationSheila Pineres
ECS 3390Written CommunicationChris Ryan
ECS 3390Written and Oral CommunicationMaribeth Betsy Schlobohm
ECS 3390Written and Oral CommunicationEvery occurence
ED 4358 0I1Written CommunicationAlexey Root
ED 4359 0I1Written CommunicationAlexey Root
ENTP 4311Written and Oral CommunicationRajiv R Shah
FIN 4310Written and Oral CommunicationEvery occurence
GEOG 3331Written and Oral CommunicationIrina Vakulenko
GEOG 3357Oral CommunicationIrina Vakulenko
GEOG 3359Oral CommunicationIrina Vakulenko
GEOG 3372Written CommunicationIrina Vakulenko
GEOG/PA 3377Written and Oral CommunicationEvery occurence
GEOS 3221Written and Oral CommunicationIgnacio Pujana
GEOS 4399Written CommunicationEvery occurence
GST 3303Oral CommunicationJill Duquaine-Watson
GST 4325Written CommunicationJill Duquaine-Watson
HIST 3301Written and Oral CommunicationJ Michael Farmer
HIST 3312Written and Oral CommunicationJ Michael Farmer
HIST 3313Written and Oral CommunicationJ Michael Farmer
HIST 3316Written and Oral CommunicationJ Michael Farmer
HIST 3376Written CommunicationDaniel Wickberg
HIST 3377Written CommunicationDaniel Wickberg
HIST 4376Written CommunicationDavid Patterson
HLTH 3310Written CommunicationJill Duquaine - Watson
HUMA 1301Written Communication PrepJoan Mortensen
HUMA 3300Written CommunicationEvery occurence
IMS 4330Written and Oral CommunicationEvery occurence
IMS 4373Written and Oral CommunicationEvery occurence
ISIS 4350Written CommunicationJill Duquaine-Watson
LIT 3309Written CommunicationMing Dong Gu or Milton Cohen
LIT 3312Written CommunicationJessica C. Murphy
MATH 4390Oral CommunicationEvery occurence
MIS 4300Written and Oral CommunicationEvery occurence
MIS 4330Written and Oral CommunicationEvery occurence
MKT 3320Written and Oral CommunicationEvery occurence
MKT 3330Written and Oral CommunicationEvery occurence
NSC 4353Written CommunicationEvery occurence
OBHR 4310Written and Oral CommunicationEvery occurence
PA 3310Written CommunicationEvery occurence
PHYS 4399Written CommunicationEvery occurence
PSCI 3310Written CommunicationEvery occurence
PSCI 3325Written CommunicationEvery occurence
PSCI 3355Written CommunicationEvery occurence
PSCI 4347Written CommunicationJennifer Holmes
PSCI 4348Written CommunicationJennifer Holmes
PSCI 4356Written CommunicationClint Peinhardt
PSCI 4366Oral CommunicationMichael Gunnin
PSCI 4367 HN1Oral CommunicationEvery occurence
PSY 3393Written CommunicationWalter J Dowling
PSY3360Written CommunicationEvery occurence
SOC 3306Written CommunicationEvery occurence
SOC 3354Oral CommunicationJill Duquaine-Watson
SPAU 3390Written CommunicationEvery occurence
UNIV 4V96Professional Communication in MedicineCarie S. Lambert

Classes that meet the C3 requirements are flagged within CourseBook on the class overview tab.

You may view a current list of C3 classes using the CourseBook links below:

Current classes that fulfill the C3 written communication course requirement

Current classes that fulfill the C3 oral communication course requirement

Recommended classes that meet the C3 written communication component

Recommended classes that meet the C3 oral communication course component

C3 Faculty and Staff Resources

Faculty who teach courses that emphasize writing and/or oral communication skills can request to have their course designated within the Certificate in Critical Communication Skills (C3) curriculum. The C3 designation demonstrates that the course seeks to improve student communication skills and the assignments will emphasize the writing and/or oral communication practices specific to the academic discipline of the course.

Having a course C3 designated allows for faculty to align pedagogy, with writing and speaking activities toward the overall improvement of student learning. Whether it is effective presentations in the workplace or a high quality research grant proposal, students must possess good communication skills in order to be successful. UT Dallas understands that in order for students to develop those skills they must regularly complete writing and speaking assignments and receive instruction and feedback from experts within their academic discipline. We are dedicated to ensuring that undergraduate students receive the knowledge and skills necessary to make them successful graduate students and professionals.

Upon request, the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) provides faculty teaching C3 designated courses with rubrics and student learning objectives that can be tailored to their discipline and course content.

Request C3 Course Designation

In order to get a course approved as a C3 offering, follow the simple process outlined below:

  1. Use your UT Dallas NetID and Password to access the online C3 Course Designation Request Form
  2. Provide all of the requested information. For clarification about the information requested, scroll your mouse over the '?' icon located to the right of the field.
  3. Upload a copy of the course syllabus.
  4. Review the information you have provided.
  5. Once you have reviewed the information select 'Submit Form' located at the bottom of the page. If your acceptance form was submitted successfully, the screen will read, 'You have successfully submitted a C3 Course Designation Request Form.'
  6. Email a copy of the course syllabus to ugdean@utdallas.edu. Prior to approval, the Office of Undergraduate Education will request a copy of the course syllabus if one has not already been provided.

Click here to fill out the C3 Course Designation Request Form

C3 Assessment and Quality

To ensure quality and consistency among C3 courses, the syllabi for designated courses will be reviewed at the beginning of each semester. Each academic year the OUE will prepare a report that contains an analysis of the students that receive the Certificate in Critical Communication Skills and the assessment measures that illustrate the effectiveness of C3 courses.

Instructors who offer an approved C3 designated course are encouraged to:

C3 Workshops at UT Dallas

The C3 workshops will be brief one-hour sessions that will assist instructors with determining how to assess student communication skills and the type of communication assignments that would benefit their students. These workshops provide faculty an opportunity to learn more about how to utilize the following resources:

  • The McDermott Library's Information Literacy Program
  • The GEMS Center Writing Lab
    • Due to an increase in student demand, the GEMS Center now has more consultants and available appointments than ever. With over 96 hours of appointment time available each week and two ESL consultants now on staff, the Writing Center is further equipped to help students improve their written communication skills. To discuss how you can incorporate the Writing Center into your course, contact Thomasina Hickmann at 972-883-6770.

Experts in written and verbal communication skills provide faculty an opportunity to ask questions about applying the C3 student learning objectives and rubric(s) to their courses and specific assignments. Speakers include faculty from the School of Arts and Humanities and staff from the University's Office of Student Success and Assessment. The OUE is committed to the continuous development of faculty and the success of the C3 curriculum.

Notes

[1] "Employers Rank Communication Skills First Among Job Candidate Skills and Qualities (1-21-10). National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). 21 January 2010. www.naceweb.org.
[2] Kozel, Bill. "The High Cost of Poor Writing Skills." Training Magazine: Manage Smarter. 16 October 2009. www.managesmarter.com.
[3] Appleby, Drew C. and Appleby, Karen M. "Kisses of Death in the Graduate School Application Process." Teaching of Psychology, 33(1), 2006: 19-24.
[4] Adler, Ronald B. and Rodman, George. Understanding Human Communication (10th edition). NY: Oxford University Press, 2009.