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Requirements for Major

Corporate and Organizational Communication

(catalog of entry Fall 2010 and after)

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The major requires a minimum of 54 hours and leads to a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

The major in Corporate & Organizational Communication requires a minimum of 55 semester hours, and leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. All Courses within the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. One half of the hours must be at the 300-400 level.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Minimum GPA of 2.3

Completion of the following courses with a grade of “C” or better:

  • COMM 145 or COMM 161
  • ENG 100
  • MATH 116

Note: Students can take no more than 15 hours in the Department of Communication before being admitted to the major.

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS

NOTE:      COMM 200 will be a pre-requisite for ALL 400-level courses (or instructor permission).                   
                    COMM 300 will be a co-requisite or pre-requisite for all 400-level courses or 400 level courses can be taken  
                    with instructor permission.

Communication Core Courses (19 hours) 

COMM 200: Communication Foundations   (COMM 145/161)
COMM 300: Introduction to Communication Research Methods   (COMM 200; Math 116)
COMM 345: Advanced Public Speaking   (COMM 145/161)
COMM 348: Interpersonal Communication
COMM 362: Organizational Communication
COMM 463: Intercultural Communication
COMM 494: Capstone in Communication (1 hour portfolio) – Senior standing, majors only 

Organizational Communication Core Courses (12 hours)

  • COMM 346: Persuasion
  • COMM 349: Small Group Communication
  • COMM 462: Advanced Organizational Communication   (COMM 362)
  • COMM 489: Internship in Communication   (COMM 362) with Junior standing

     *  COMM 489 is repeatable once for credit; only 3 hours will count for credit toward major

Outside Courses (12 hours)

  • ACCT 200: Financial Accounting
  • MKT 220: Basic Marketing Concepts
  • ENG 306: Business Writing
  • MGT 311: Human Resource Management


Communication Electives (6 hours; only 3 hours may be at the 200 level)

  • COMM 240: Critical Listening
  • COMM 247: Voice and Diction
  • COMM 330: Leadership Communication
  • COMM 343: Speech Analysis/Writing
  • COMM 374: Gender Communication
  • COMM 440: Health Communication
  • COMM 451: Computer Mediated Communication
  • COMM 460: Organizational Interviewing
  • COMM 470: Organizational Relationships   (COMM 362)

With departmental approval, students may opt to substitute one of the following courses in fulfillment of a Communication Elective:

  • COMM 400: Special Topics in Communication
  • COMM 495: Independent Study in Communication

Outside Electives (6 hours)


  • MGT 200: Legal Environment of Business
  • MGT 333: Management of Non-Profit Organizations
  • MKT 325: Personal Selling
  • ACCT 201: Managerial Accounting
  • ECON 202: Principles of Microeconomics
    OR ECON 203: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 206: Statistics
  • BCOM 325: Survey of Writing for Television & Radio
  • BCOM 385: Broadcast Commercial Sales
  • JOUR 202: Introduction to Media Writing
  • JOUR 341: Principles of Advertising
  • JOUR 355: Fundamentals of Public Relations
  • LEAD 330: Leadership and Ethics
  • PSY 370: Industrial Psychology
  • PSY 371: Sales Behavior
  • PS 440: Elements of Public Administration
  • PS 441: Public Personnel Administration

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