Organizational Communication, B.S.

The bachelor of science degree program in organizational communication provides specialized, interdisciplinary instruction in professional aptitudes associated with workplace and community roles, guiding students' learning about effective, ethical work in modern organizations. This degree program offers coursework in partnership with the Pamplin School of Business, each explaining key concepts and practices that underlie human and technical organizational communication systems.

Aside from learning communication's constitutive role in organizing, organizational communication students develop understandings and competencies in ethical collaboration and leadership abilities for a variety of contemporary contexts, including ways communication processes sustain and change organizations' relational, community, and cultural environments. Students in this program also develop the applied understanding they need to coordinate and manage the work of a variety of organizations.

This degree prepares students for specialized graduate study in communication and related fields, and for professional work in several organizational roles and contexts. Organizational communication students are actively guided to explore the professional training available to them through a host of community-based academic internships.

University Core Curriculum Requirements — 40 credit hours

All University of Portland students progress through a set of shared course options as part of the University’s liberal arts Core Curriculum. This curriculum offers a foundation of multiple lenses to address enduring questions of human concern, integrating the liberal arts, the University mission, and the knowledge, skills, and values needed in a diverse society and in the workplace.

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The core requirement for the Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion & the Common Good Habit is satisfied by CST 225 within the major

CST300/320/330 and CST 475/497 are the designated Writing in the Discipline courses for the B.S. in Organizational Communication.

College of Arts and Sciences B.S. Requirements — 6 credit hours

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Major Requirements — 54 credit hours

Required Courses — 18 credit hours

CST 101Introduction to Communication Studies


CST 107Public Speaking for Change


CST 233From Corporations to Social Movements: Understanding Organization Communication


BUS 200Principles of Marketing


CST 225Interpersonal Communication: Relating to Others


CST 332Transforming Small Group Communication


Research Methods Courses - 6 credit hours

Select two of the following courses:
CST 300Quantitative Research Methods


CST 320Rhetorical Theory and Criticism


CST 330Qualitative Research Methods


Upper-division Business Courses - 6 credit hours

Students choose two 3-credit hour upper-division BUS courses in consultation with their academic advisors.

Upper-division CST Courses - 21 credit hours

Students select seven 3-credit hour upper-division CST courses in consultation with their academic advisors. At least three of these courses must be 400-level.

Senior Project - 3 credit hours

Select one of the following to be completed senior year:
CST 475Senior Project


CST 497Communication Internship Practicum


Any additional credit hours required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours

Total Credit Hours: 120