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Organizational Communication Programs

Major in Organizational Communication
Minor in Organizational Communication

The Department of Organizational Communication offers programs leading to either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree. Students investigate how communication theory, research, and skills are applied to create, sustain, and improve organizations. Students learn a variety of communication-based competencies (e.g., conflict management, supervisor/subordinate communication, intercultural communication, and public speaking) that are necessary for both personal and organizational success.

The major in organizational communication prepares students for a wide variety of careers that place a premium on the role of communication in accomplishing goals and objectives. This major is compatible with an extraordinarily broad range of minors (e.g., marketing, psychology, and biology) allowing students to develop technical competencies and professional skills customized to their particular career goals. The department also offers a minor in organizational communication.

Master of Science in Organizational Communication (Non-Thesis Track Only)
Master of Arts in Organizational Communication (Thesis Track)

The Department of Organizational Communication offers the Master of Science (31 hours) and the Masters of Arts (34 hours, thesis track) in Organizational Communication. The program focuses on the application of communication theory, research, and skills in organizational settings. The purpose of studying organizational communication is to understand how the strategic use of messages, meanings, and information maintain complex organizations. The program, which is both theoretically and experientially oriented, provides students with communication competencies needed in every career and industry. The program prepares individuals:
  • to enter areas of business, industry, government, and entertainment where knowledge of and competence in communication is essential;
  • to enter other vocations where communication is of prime importance (e.g., the ministry, law, public service);
  • to continue the study of communication at the doctoral level; and to teach speech communication at the secondary or college level.
We offer training in such areas as:
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Managerial Communication
  • Leadership Communication
  • Persuasion
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Team Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Healthcare Communication
  • Communication Training & Development
  • Organizational Change Communication
  • Organizational Learning

Weekender Program
Courses are taught in a unique weekend format to meet the needs of employed professionals who are seeking advancement, desiring additional professional development, or considering a career change. The typical weekend courses meet five times during a semester, with the first meeting on a Friday evening and the final meeting on a Saturday. The middle three weekends meet Friday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A schedule of alternate weekends allows students to take up to two weekend courses per semester. Additional evening courses are offered for students who can attend. The entire program can be finished through weekend and independent, directed study courses.

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