Certification Overview

Effective communication is critical to everything we do in life; it is the core of successful relationships. Whether you are working with your professors, classmates, friends, colleagues or family, being able to effectively communicate your thoughts and ideas is central to human nature.

Post-graduation, your ability to effectively communicate becomes even more important, particularly in today’s workplace. Employers are seeking individuals who are poised to become leaders in their field.  Above all else, employers are looking for graduates who can effectively communicate their ideas to others.

The LSU Distinguished Communicator program is for self-motivated LSU undergraduates who want to refine their communication skills and excel in their chosen professions. Students who successfully achieve this unique certification are recognized at graduation and receive a permanent commendation on their official transcripts, giving them significant leverage in today’s job market.

In order to earn certification, students must:

  • apply to the program prior to completing 80 hours of course work (Students with more than 80 hours, but at least 3 semesters remaining, are still eligible.)
  • contract with a faculty advisor at least 4 semesters prior to graduation and meet regularly to ensure timely submission of all components needed for certification
  • attend DC Housekeeping meeting once a year to check in about progress
  • earn a B- or higher in at least 4 C-I courses – minimum course mode credits: 3 written, 2 spoken, 1 visual & 1 tech (Approved individual C-I contract may be applied)
  • participate in a minimum of 3 approved workshops designed to improve communication skills
  • compile evidence of communication skills to demonstrate exceptional proficiencies in all four modes
  • reflect on your communication skills and experiences
  • participate in an experiential learning activity related to your field that enables you to practice effective communication skills
  • serve in a leadership role
  • complete an approved public portfolio showcasing your communication skills
  • unequivocally prove yourself as an effective communicator
  • be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university