Business Communication & Law

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE || INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMA - So, you have a plan? A proposal? An idea? Not just “what”, but also “how” you convey it to your stakeholders will influence it’s fate. Explore and understand the ethical, social, and legal issues that businesses encounter in today’s increasingly complex global-marketplace while developing some of the most valued communication tools such as negotiation tactics and conflict management strategies.

This program is perfect for...

...aspiring professionals interested in developing analytical and communication skills while exploring the complexity and interrelationship of the law and ethics to political, economic, and social issues.

What you'll learn...

How to construct, present, and critically analyze competing positions on the burning issues in business ethics and policy facing 21st-century leaders and managers
Strategies to manage, resolve and prevent interpersonal conflict
Competence in intercultural communication styles
Identification and application of legal analysis methods and principles that are important to business transactions, relationships, and projections
Ethical and legal implications in business decision-making


Required: Choose any 3 courses from the following (12 Units): Units F W S Su
COMM 108 - Corporate Social Responsibility and Communication 4 UCSB UCSB    
COMM 122 - Organizational Communication 4 UCSB   UCSB  
COMM 127 - Leadership, Gender, and Communication 4 UCSB      
COMM 136 - Collaborative Technologies and the Dynamics of Organization 4     UCSB  
COMM 142 - Power, Dominance, and Communication 4     UCSB  
COMM 146 - Understanding and Detecting Human Deception 4 UCSB      
COMM 148 - Risk Communication 4     UCSB  
COMM 170 - Communication and Law 4   UCSB    
COMM 174 - Freedom of Communication 4     UCSB  
COMM 176 - Forensic Communication 4     UCSB  
COMM 177 - The Legal Community and the Courtroom 4 UCSB      
Required: Complete 2 units (Choose one course from the following): Units F W S Su
MGMNT X171 - Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution 2 UCSB      
MGMNT X172- Ethical & Regulatory Environments 2     UCSB  
MGMNT X173- Business Law & Social Responsibility 2   UCSB    

Ventura Online       UCSB UCSB        UCSB  / Ventura Blended        Ventura Downtown Santa Barbara

  • International Students need to apply to the International Diploma Program before enrolling in classes from this course schedule. 
  • All classes will be offered remotely through Fall 2020. Please check back in the Fall to confirm the mode of delivery for Winter '21 and beyond.
  • For more information about course starting dates, visit the UCSB Approved Academic Calendar.
  • Note: Course will count toward the certificate for students who have already taken it.

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Complete a minimum of 14 units from the program schedule.
Earn no less than a “C” in any particular course to be eligible for the certificate.
Non-UCSB students will be able to enroll in the UCSB courses via Open University.
Transfer units will not be accepted as credit toward this certificate.


Units for the MGMNT X171, X172, 173 courses may count toward graduation units, but grades for those courses do not count towards GPA for graduation.  UCSB students seeking a degree or unit credit must file a petition with the appropriate UCSB College or School PRIOR to enrollment, To make the credit effective students need to order a transcript from student services and have it submitted to the registrar. More information is available here.

Important Note Regarding Financial Aid: Current UCSB matriculated students, who are eligible for financial aid, may be required to maintain a minimum of 12 academic units of undergraduate or graduate level courses. The MGMNT X professional units do not count toward that minimum.

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