FAQs - Certification
Distinguished Communicator Certificate
- Must I apply as a freshman to the Distinguished Communicator program?
No, you can be a sophomore or junior. You can apply as long as you have not completed more than 80 hours of course work. If you have more than 80 hours, you must have at least 3 or more semesters remaining before you graduate.
- I am not a Communication major. Am I still eligible for the certification?
Yes! The Distinguished Communicator certification is open to undergraduates in ALL majors at LSU. Good communication skills are important no matter which field you are studying or what job you plan to pursue post-graduation.
- What are the minimum requirements for entry into Distinguished Communicators?
We look for a current and overall GPA of 3.0 or higher; however, since GPA isn’t always representative of your full potential to become a strong communicator, we do accept students with lower GPAs. In the application we ask everyone for two of their strongest communication samples, so be sure to include your best work.
- I just completed the Distinguished Communicator application. How do I begin? What should I do next?
Start by signing up and attending an applicant housekeeping meeting.
- Are there specific faculty members who can serve as my Faculty Advisor?
No, all LSU professors are eligible to serve as Advisors to Distinguished Communicator candidates; however, you must make sure the faculty member you select is willing to assist you through the certification process. You must complete a Student-Faculty Advisor contract and submit it to the CxC office no later than 4 semesters prior to your graduation.
- How should I select my Faculty Advisor?
Because the Distinguished Communicator program focuses on mastering discipline-specific communication skills, you should select a Faculty Advisor who specializes in the field you are interested in pursuing after graduation. For example, if you want to be an engineer when you graduate, your Faculty Advisor should be well versed in engineering. You also want to find someone with whom you will work well and who is committed to helping you complete this certification.
- What if the Faculty Advisor I approach doesn’t know much about the Distinguished Communicator program?
CxC has several programs in place to orient Faculty Advisors. Once you submit your Student-Faculty Advisor contract, CxC will invite your Advisor to an Advisor Training session. If your selected Advisor has questions before signing your contract, CxC is available to discuss the program’s requirements.
- Are my C-I courses extra course hours on top of what my major requires?
No, most students are able to find courses that are required courses in their degree programs and certified as Communication-Intensive (C-I). Find a listing of all C-I courses here. Also, when you’re browsing myLSU Course Offerings, C-I courses will be denoted as such. If you cannot find enough C-I courses within your planned course path, there are opportunities for you to do Independent C-I Course Contracts.
- What should I do if I’m having trouble finding C-I courses within my major?
You can do Independent C-I Course Contracts on any course, as long as the instructor is willing to work with you. Sometimes, you are doing communication-intensive work within the class, but for one reason or another, the class is not certified. Other times, by simply doing an additional project in the course, you can make it C-I. Either way, you can use C-I Contracts to earn needed credits.
- If my schedule doesn’t enable me to make the CxC workshops, how can I fulfill the 3 workshop requirement
You can get credit for other relevant activities to fulfill this requirement, but substitutions must be approved by your CxC Rep. In order to receive credit you must submit a Workshop Reflection Form.
- Do I have to submit drafts?
You will submit your Public Portfolio Final Draft to CxC the semester before you graduate for an assessment. After receiving feedback, you will make final edits to your portfolio, turn in the final version of your portfolio, and turn in additional Private Documents at the beginning of your last semester for a final assessment.
- What is the deadline for all of my final materials?
This is a progressive program, and you should meet a variety of milestones each year to stay on track. There are deadlines for various components your last four semesters. Refer to the Personal Tracking Form individual requirements section for more info.
- How often should I meet with my Faculty Advisor regarding my certification?
You should meet with your Faculty Advisor at least once a semester to make sure you are on the path for being certified. To meet with your CxC representative, you should sign up for 1 housekeeping meeting per year.