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Northwest Missouri State University


Organizational Communication

Organizational communication focuses on how individuals create, send and receive messages within an organization. The focus of this major is to develop effective communication within an organization. Professionals in the field analyze how people send messages and how those messages affect individuals' perception of the organization. They identify problems in the communication flow within an organization, plan means of correcting those problems and train and develop the communication ability of members of the organization.

In this cross-disciplinary major students will study in the areas of management and organizational systems theory, public speaking, writing, persuasion, interpersonal communication, group behavior and leadership. Additional areas of study focus on psychology, organizational policy and decision-making, and human resource management.

Students interested in studying organizational communication may elect to pursue either a Comprehensive Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

Career Opportunities

Required Courses

Core Requirements

Course Number Course Name Hours
Com 29-210 Communication Theory 3
Com 29-225 Intercultural Communication 3
Com 29-230 Public Speaking 3
Com 29-232 Small Group Communication 3
Com 29-332 Propaganda and Persuasion 3
Com 29-335 Interpersonal Communication 3
Com 29-310 Communication Research Methods 3
Total Course Hours Reqiuired 21

B.A. Degree; no minor required

Course Number Course Name Hours

Core Requirements 21
Com 29-226 Principles of Interviewing 3
Com 29-240 Principles of Leadership 3
Com 29-325 Listening Behavior and Skills 3
Com 29-432 Organizational Communication 1
Com 29-467 Internship-Organizatonal Comm. 3
Com 29-499 Senior Seminar 1
Psych 08-313 Industrial and Org. Psychology 3
Eng 10-311 Advanced Composition 3
Eng 10-315 Technical Writing 3
Mgmt 54-313 Principles of Management 3
Mgmt 54-314 Human Resource Management 3

Area of Emphasis Courses 5

B.S. Degree; no minor required

Course Number Course Name Hours

Core Requirements 21
Com 29-226 Principles of Interviewing 3
Com 29-240 Principles of Leadership 3
Com 29-260 Public Relations Techniques 3
Com 29-325 Listening Behavior and Skills 3
Com 29-432 Organizational Communication 1
Com 29-467 Internship-Organizatonal Comm. 3
Com 29-499 Senior Seminar 1
Psych 08-313 Industrial and Org. Psychology 3
Eng 10-311 Advanced Composition 3
Eng 10-315 Technical Writing 3
Mgmt 54-313 Principles of Management 3
Mgmt 54-314 Human Resource Management 3

Area of Emphasis Courses 8

Internships

Organizational Communication students are required to complete an internship. This provides the student with a realistic preview of the different types of task areas that a graduate may encounter in his or her career. Students have interned in such places as: