What is Organizational Communication?
Communication is central to human life. While technical skills are often important, every business, every nonprofit group, indeed every family, succeeds primarily as a result of good communication.
A program within the Strategic Communication major, Organizational Communication will provide you with the skills needed to succeed in a complex organization.
What will I learn?
On a practical level, organizational communication study will give you skills and knowledge that you can immediately apply to your work place.
You will take courses that will make you an effective speaker. You will study small-group communication dynamics and problem solving. You’ll study leadership and learn interview theory, health care communication, and Internet communication. You’ll learn how to train and develop others in your organization. You’ll learn how to deal with difficult people and problematic situations. You’ll also learn to use a variety of communication technology in creating professional presentations.
You will take courses in communication research and communication theory. A popular elective course is intercultural communication, which is so important in today’s diverse work and social environment.
Broadly speaking, you will learn examine the impact of communication on organizational effectiveness. You will learn how to conduct research on such topics as technology and knowledge management; negotiation and conflict management. You will learn the critical role of gender and interpersonal relationships as they affect organizational strategies. You will learn to evaluate the networks and cultures that are created and reflected through communication processes.
In your senior year, to prepare you for a career, you will take the capstone course, Communication Consultation. In this course, you and your fellow students will meet with an off-campus client and prepare a professional communication audit and set of recommendations. This will challenge you to use all your previous learning, to solve real-world communication problems.
You will also conclude your studies with an internship. Through this course you’ll work 10 hours a week for an organization in the area, and learn more about the processes of job searching, networking, office politics, resumes and interviewing.
Careers in Organizational Communications
Our graduates have become corporate trainers, sales agents, events managers, human resources personnel, fund raisers, nonprofit organization leaders, safety consultants, management advisers, clergymen, counselors, and leaders in a variety of other professions.
Contact us today!
Do Kyun Kim, Ph.D.
Organizational Communication Program Coordinator