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Social Media Strategist, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
 Banner Code: 1_CN_CMSM
Control Number: 38208

The Social Media Strategist Certificate of Achievement is intended to prepare students for careers in which they will use social media to promote products, individuals, and organizations. Courses emphasize the skills and tools necessary to analyze, create, implement and evaluate social media. A "C" or better is required.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to function effectively in an entry-level social media strategist position using the skills, principles, and tools acquired.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Course Title Units
CMST A109Social Media Strategies3
CMST A236Directed Practice for Social Media Strategist2
CMST A185Public Relations3
or BUS A185 Public Relations
or FASH A225 Media, Events, and Promotions
ENGL A123Writing for Social Media3
MKTG A100Introduction to Marketing3
CIS A132Business Multimedia and Graphics2-3
or DMAD A181 Introduction to Computer Graphics
Total Units16-17