Organizational Communication Track

Exploring the intricacies of organizational life

The study of organizational communication emphasizes both the effects of the organizational context on communication, as well as the role of communication in shaping organizational life and effectiveness. Emphasis is placed upon identifying, analyzing and explaining the processes of communication and organizing. The skills and knowledge afforded by this area of study also enhance participation in other organizations, including those in civil, social, religious and leisure arenas.

Within the organizational communication track, the primary areas of study include the following:

  • Communication in organizations
  • Interpersonal communication 
  • Leadership 
  • Persuasion, argumentation and presentation skills 
  • Small group communication 
  • Intercultural communication 

For a more detailed outline of the courses required in the organizational communication track, please view the advising sheet.

Career options

While a degree in communication provides a foundation of knowledge and skills appropriate to a wide range of professions, you will need to consider carefully how you can tailor your broad education to specific jobs and industries. Internships, volunteer experience, elective courses and complementary majors or minors can play a pivotal role in your preparation for various careers.

The organizational communication track prepares you for careers in the following areas:

  • Arts management
  • Counseling and social services
  • Fundraising
  • Graduate study
  • Health care management
  • Law enforcement
  • Human resources
  • Management
  • Marketing, advertising and public relations
  • Mediation
  • Nonprofit administration
  • Sales
  • Speech writing
  • Training and development
  • Volunteer recruitment and management

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