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 Requirements - 39 hours

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One core social science requirement is satisfied by CST 225 in the major.

College Requirements - 6 hours

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Degree Requirements

Organizational Communication Requirements — 54 hours

CST 101Introduction to Communication Studies


CST 107Effective Public Speaking


CST 233Introduction to Organizational Communication Theory


BUS 200Principles of Marketing


CST 225Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication


CST 332Collaborative Group Leadership


CST research methods courses - 6 hours

Choose two of the following three courses:
CST 300Communication Research


CST 320Rhetorical Theory and Criticism


CST 330Qualitative Communication Research


Three upper-division CST courses - 9 credits

Students choose these courses in consultation with their academic advisors.

Seven upper-division CST and BUS courses - 21 credits

In consultation with their academic advisors, students take seven upper-division courses from among CST and BUS offerings tailored to this degree. A minimum of 6 credit hours must be BUS courses; a maximum of 9 credit hours can be BUS courses (21 hours total).

Total Credit Hours: 120