Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication


We have suspended new enrollments to the Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Communication program and are no longer accepting applications for admission.

If you are a student enrolled in this program, our advising staff will work with you to complete all coursework.

Communicate to Improve Organizational Performance

Facing greater complexity, organizations are increasingly focusing on communication to help ensure success and sustainability. To deepen your understanding of communications and its effect on organizational processes and performance, the College of Professional Studies offers the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication program.

This undergraduate program provides you with a strong foundation in organizational communications by delving into key topics such as crisis communication, intercultural communication in a global marketplace, media relations, interpersonal conflict and communication, emerging communication technology, negotiation techniques, meeting dynamics and strategy, and professional speaking.

You can further refine your focus by choosing from two degree specializations in public relations or corporate and organizational communication. As a result of your educational experience, you will be well positioned to utilize your communication skills across a variety of complex organizations.

Formats: The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication is also available in an 18-month, Fast-Track format if you're transferring into the College of Professional Studies with an associate degree or equivalent credits. For more information, visit our Fast-Track Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication page.

Career Outlook

The job outlook for communications and public relations jobs is very bright, with employment expected to grow much faster than average. Nearly every organization requires professionals who possess strong communication skills, so successful graduates can choose among many career paths.

Interested in Learning More?

Interested in learning if the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication is a good fit for you? View the program overview webinar.

Core Curriculum

College of Professional Studies degrees* integrate a core set of course requirements that ensure all of our graduates possess a well-rounded educational background and understanding of the world. The core courses allow students to gain insights into disciplines other than their field of study, as well as develop expertise in written and oral communication and critical thinking.


Written Communication (12 q.h.)

Effective with the Fall 2013 term, all three English course requirements in the Written Communication area of the core curriculum will have a 1-credit writing lab co-requisite. This applies to all new and returning students.

Complete the following three courses and labs:

ENG 1004/1014 College English 1/ Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
ENG 1005/1015 College English 2/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
ENG 3006/3007 College English Workshop/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.

Diversity (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

CMN 2002 Intercultural Communication 3 q.h.
MGT 1503 Managing in a Diverse and Changing World* 3 q.h.
SOC 1110 Diversity 3 q.h.
SOC 1635 Race and Ethnicity 3 q.h.

Information Literacy (3 q.h.)

ITC Information Technology Elective 3 q.h.

Suggested courses:


ITC 1001 Intro to PC Productivity Tools 3 q.h.
ITC 2003 Advanced PC Productivity Tools 3 q.h.
ITC 1255 Human-Computer Interaction 3 q.h.
ITC 2020 Digital Collaboration and Knowledge Management 3 q.h.

Mathematics (6 q.h.)

Complete a minimum of six quarter hours from the following courses:

MTH 1001 College Algebra 1 3 q.h.
MTH 2002 College Algebra 2 3 q.h.
MTH 2512 Finite Mathematics 3 q.h.
ECN 2001 Statistics 1 3 q.h.
ECN 2002 Statistics 2 3 q.h.

Ethical & Political Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

LDR 3230 Ethical Decision Making 3 q.h.
PHL 1001 Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics 3 q.h.
PHL 2180 Business Ethics 3 q.h.

Science Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Choose one course with any one of the following prefixes: BIO, BTC, CHM, ESC, PHY


Suggested courses:


BIO 1010 Biology 1 3 q.h.
BIO 1825 Biology Today: An issues Approach 3 q.h.
CHM 2105 Chemistry and the Environment 3 q.h.
ESC 1525 Energy for Today and Tomorrow 3 q.h.

Historical Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Strongly Recommended:


HST 3131 The World: 1945-Present 3 q.h.

Other choices:


HST 1003 Civilization of the Modern World 3 q.h.
HST 3213 Contemporary America 3 q.h.
HST 2205 Coming to America: The American Immigrant Experience
3 q.h.


Total Core Curriculum: 33 q.h.

*Degree requirements vary. Some degrees require specific core choices.
See curriculum pages for more information.


Please Note: Undergraduate classes moved to a semester calendar beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2015 should follow the curriculum reflected on their manual degree audit, which can be obtained by contacting their academic advisor.

Core Curriculum (33 q.h.)

We require all bachelor's degree students to complete required core curriculum, allowing you to gain insight into disciplines other than your field of study.

Foundation Courses (36 q.h.)

Complete the following electives:

POL Political Science Elective 3 q.h.
PSY/SOC Elective 3 q.h.

Complete all of the following courses:

ENG 3003 Writing for the Professions 1 3 q.h.
ENG 3004 Writing for the Professions 2 3 q.h.
PSY 1010 Introduction to Psychology: Fundamental Issues 3 q.h.
SOC 1001 Sociology 1 3 q.h.

Complete nine credits of humanities electives from the following prefixes:

ART, CMN, ENG, JRN, PHL, TCC, or a modern foreign language 9 q.h.

Complete nine credits of social science electives from the following prefixes:


Major Courses (33 q.h.)

Complete all of the following courses:

CMN 1010 Organizational Communication 3 q.h.
CMN 2050 Advanced Organizational Communication 3 q.h.
CMN 2051 Professional Speaking  3 q.h. 
CMN 2320 Crisis Communication 3 q.h.
CMN 2430 Ethical Issues in Organizational Communication 3 q.h.
CMN 3040 Intercultural Communication and the Organization 3 q.h.
CMN 3250 Mediated Communication and Media Relations 3 q.h.
CMN 4170 Meeting Dynamics and Communication 3 q.h.
CMN 4770 Organizational Communication Measurement and Assessment* 3 q.h.
CMN Select two CMN electives 6 q.h.

Choose One of the Following Two Specializations:

Complete either the specialization in Corporate and Organizational Communication or the specialization in Public Relations.

Corporate and Organizational Communication Specialization (12 q.h.)

Complete four of the following courses:

CMN 2080  Emerging Communication Technology 3 q.h.
CMN 2001 Gender and Communication 3 q.h.
CMN 2154 Negotiation Skills 3 q.h.
TCC 4120 Proposal Writing 3 q.h.
TCC 2001 Technical Writing 1 3 q.h.
CMN 1156 Techniques of Persuasion and Argumentation 3 q.h.

Public Relations Specialization (12 q.h.)

Complete four of the following courses:

CMN 3355 Advanced Professional Speaking 3 q.h.
JRN 2100 Advertising Basics and Practice 3 q.h.
CMN 2080 Emerging Communication Technology 3 q.h.
JRN 2000 Public Relations Basics and Practice 3 q.h.
CMN 4983 Special Topics in Communication 3 q.h.
TCC 2001 Technical Writing 1 3 q.h.


Secondary Focus (18 q.h.)

It is recommended that students use their elective credits to augment their major courses in Organizational Communication with a concentrated study in an area that students select on the basis of interest and career expectations.

Secondary Focus Credits- Select one of the following five:

Criminal Justice CJS 1001, 1003, 1004, and three other CJS courses 18 q.h.
Health Management HMG 1001, 1002, and four other HMG or HSC courses 18 q.h.
Management MGT 1001, 1002, 1503, 3317, 3020, and choice of 2328, or 2658 18 q.h.
Human Resources Management HRM 2010, LDR 1202, and four other HRM courses 18 q.h.
Political Science POL 1001, 1250, 1370, and three other POL courses 18 q.h.


Non-Business Electives (12 q.h.)

Open Electives (34 q.h.)


Required minimum credit hours: 160 q.h.

*Capstone Course 

Admissions Requirements


Estimated total tuition for this program is .

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of semester hours. Most courses are 3-4 semester hours. See Undergraduate Tuition Rates for details.

Use our Tuition Calculator below to see if transfer credit or tuition reimbursement from your employer could reduce your total tuition.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2017-18 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be?

The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communications program is well suited for individuals who wish to pursue a career in communications, management, marketing, human resources, or public relations.

Careers to consider include:

  • Communications Specialist
  • Public Relations Associate
  • Lobbyist
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Training Manager
  • Organizational Development Specialist
  • Media Specialist
  • Marketing Associate
  • Public Information Officer

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Analyze the audience to which the communication is directed and address the message to effectively communicate, considering race, sexual preference, gender, religious beliefs, political affiliation, position, etc.

  2. Broad Integrative Knowledge
    Demonstrate proficiency in addressing the communication goals in a wide range of organizational settings and levels ranging from leadership assessment, staff functioning (x vs. y) and organizational visioning.

  3. Intellectual Skills
    Plan the communication with consideration to the most effective method (oral, written, etc.). Students will be able to organize their thoughts with an introduction including a thesis statement and main points. The communication will include an appropriate summary and call for action. All communications will be directed to support the organization vision, mission, and specific situation.

  4. Applied Learning
    Draft, edit, revise, and rewrite the communication. Oral communications will be practiced and revised to have maximum impact and to ensure that the goals and objectives have been addressed. Produce the final communication. If oral, use appropriate volume, tone, speed of delivery, choice of language and smooth continuity. If written, the document should be professional in appearance and contain no processing errors. Deliver the presentation with consideration to eye contact, gesturing, movement, appearance, and nerve control. All media such as PowerPoint will conform to standards such as the 7x7 rule.

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