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Communication Diversity, Ethics, and Inclusivity

Communication Diversity, Ethics, and Inclusivity Certificate

In an increasingly globalized and networked media environment, challenging issues of inclusivity and ethics need to be addressed and understood. The Communication Diversity, Ethics, and Inclusivity Certificate allows professionals from across industries to explore challenges and best practices in the workplace and in content creation, and offers strategies to overcome problems in diverse and multicultural contexts. Learn how ethical principles can be applied to everyday challenges in the professional environment and develop ethical decision-making tools. You can earn the certificate as a stand-alone credential or combine it with other coursework to pursue a master's degree in communication.

course schedule
per credit hour for Ohio residents

Who should apply?

The certificate is intended for professionals in journalism, media, communications, human resources, and related fields who want a better understanding of ethics, diversity, and inclusivity, addressing challenges and best practices both in the workplace and in content creation.

OHIO Online Incentive Scholarships are available to OHIO alumni, as well as employees of our 50+ corporate partners, military active duty, and veterans. The 15% scholarship applies to instructional, program, and non-resident fees.

Required Courses

In addition to a one-credit hour seminar seminar (COMM 5014: Diversity, Ethics, and Social Responsibility in Communication), you'll complete the following classes to earn this certificate.

  • COMS 5220: Facilitating Difficult Conversations: Through an examination of how practices of public dialogue and deliberation offer alternative ways to communicate, you’ll learn to facilitate conversations about contentious, potentially divisive topics. Develop group facilitation skills and engage in a series of activities that will help you navigate and lead meaningful public conversations in your own life. Four credit hours.
  • JOUR 7200: Ethics, Mass Media, and Society - Learn about professional ethical codes, the media’s responsibility for social change and its reaction to political and economic pressures. Four credit hours.
  • JOUR 5130: Gender, Race, and Class in Journalism and Mass Media - Explore the situation of women and minorities in newspapers, broadcast, online journalism, magazine journalism, PR, and advertising. Look at issues of diversity on the level of production and consumption of journalistic content, as well as the content itself. Three credit hours.

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Note that course offerings vary by term. To ensure that you complete the certificate in your desired timeline, contact program advisor Laura Costa dos Santos to create a certificate plan.

Here to Help

Laura Costa dos Santos

Laura Costa dos Santos, program advisor in the Scripps College of Communication, can assist you with the application process. You can reach out to Laura any time with questions. We look forward to hearing from you!