Organizational Communication

Communication Studies (BA); Organizational Communication Concentration -- School of Communication and Media

Organizational Communication

Program Coordinator: Todd Kelshaw

For questions about this program, please contact Todd Kelshaw.


Organizational Communication: The Big Picture

Communication is a cornerstone for professional success. Of course individuality is important – but real success comes from knowing how to communicate effectively with people in configurations ranging from small groups to global business networks.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication Studies, Organizational Communication Concentration is designed to prepare students to become effective leaders within organizations and teams. With today’s complex global systems and far-reaching industries, organizations require dynamic leadership, collaborative innovation, and ongoing adaptation in order to thrive. To fulfill these needs, professionals must be equipped with highly-developed communication skills and expertise that will enable them to mainstream effective communication within an organizational context.

As a graduate of the Organizational Communication concentration, you will be able to pursue a career in areas including business management, human resources, consulting, focus-group implementation, communication systems development, events planning, public administration -- virtually any profession where people organize to produce products, information and/or services.

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What You Will Study

Throughout your studies you will learn how effective communication can positively impact:

  • Organizational productivity;
  • Company identity within an industry;
  • Professional relationships with customers;
  • Employee productivity; and
  • “Corporate culture” which affects all of the above.

Theoretical and applied course work focuses on modes of leadership and principles of decision-making.  You will learn how conflict can be positively “managed” within an organization as well as how to optimize team-building, incorporate new media and network beyond organizational borders – both globally and inter-culturally. 

The Organizational Communication curriculum is comprised of 120 credits (3 cr. per course) including five areas of requirement:

  1. Organizational Communication courses (15 credits) -- sequential instruction specific to the major

  2. Common-Core School Curriculum (18 credits) -- a broad foundation for understanding all communication and media disciplines (required of all students in the School of Communication and Media)

  3. Major Elective courses (15 credits) -- further development of major-related expertise

  4. General education courses (45-48 credits)  –  exploration of studies that comprise a liberal arts education – e.g. in writing, humanities, math, and the natural, social and computer sciences (required of all University students pursuing a bachelor of arts degree)

  5. Free electives (15-24 credits) -- exploration of additional areas of interest; or inclusion of a Minor

You will also be encouraged to pursue internship and practicum experiences where you can apply your developing skills and learn from experienced practitioners.  The University, moreover, offers related Minor courses of study such as in Anthropology, Business, International Studies, Political Science, Pre-Law Studies, Psychology, and Public Administration, which allows students to develop an expanded knowledge base and additional areas of specialty.

For complete course requirements and descriptions, go to:

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Careers in Organizational Communication

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a very positive outlook for careers in Communication and Media.  Careers related to organizational communication exist in virtually every industry.

Below is a sampling of career areas and titles:

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Corporate communications (product, service and information industries)
  • Government relations (public affairs, environmental affairs)
  • Issues/crisis management
  • Events Planning
  • Executive Coach
  • Human Resources (employee relations)
  • Institutional Advancement
  • Media Manager
  • Organizational Change Manager
  • Team Leader/Manager
  • Time Management Consultant

Please visit the links below for additional career-related information:

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Apply Now

To apply to the Organizational Communication Concentration, or to any program in the School of Communication and Media, please visit School Admission.

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