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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

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Required: Complete 2 units (Choose one course from the following): Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
MGMNT X171 - Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution 2 Ventura      
MGMNT X172- Ethical & Regulatory Environments 2     Ventura  
MGMNT X173- Business Law & Social Responsibility 2   Ventura    
Required: Choose any 3 courses from the following (12 Units): Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
COMM 108 - Corporate Social Responsibility and Communication 4 UCSB UCSB    
COMM 122 - Organizational Communication 4 UCSB   Ventura  
COMM 126 - Gender and Communication 4        
COMM 127 - Leadership, Gender, and Communication 4 UCSB Ventura    
COMM 136 - Collaborative Technologies and the Dynamics of Organization 4     Ventura  
COMM 142 - Power, Dominance, and Communication 4        
COMM 146 - Understanding and Detecting Human Deception 4   Ventura    
COMM 148 - Risk Communication 4     Ventura  
COMM 170 - Communication and Law 4     Ventura  
COMM 174 - Freedom of Communication 4     Ventura  
COMM 176 - Forensic Communication 4   Ventura    
COMM 177 - The Legal Community and the Courtroom 4 UCSB      

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

  • Certificate Eligibility and Requirements
  • International Students need to apply to the International Diploma Program before enrolling in classes from this course schedule. 
  • All PaCE classes will be offered remotely through Summer 2021. Please check back in Summer '21 to confirm the mode of delivery of courses during Fall '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.


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.



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.

Transfer credit available!

Have you previously earned academic or professional units at another institution? You can apply for transfer credit towards this certificate!

Transfer credit available for courses in:

Communication | Leadership | Business Administration


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