Organizational Communication

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College of Arts and Sciences


Location: Lincoln

Degree Type: Undergraduate

The Organizational Communication major focuses on the impact of effective communication in business and not-for-profit organizations. This major integrates course work in the fields of communication, business, psychology, sociology, and writing. Students develop skills that are valued and prioritized by employers in today’s workplace.

Examples of learning include how to interact with and motivate people, sell ideas and products, promote organizations and events, build productive teams, and train and develop people. Students experience a positive impact on their skills to work effectively with people across cultures, generations, and world views. There is a strong focus on written and oral communication skills as well as the ethics of human interaction.


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Requirements for the Organizational Communication Major:

Complete the following courses:

CMS 112 - Small Group Communication (3)

CMS 210 - Public Speaking (3)

CMS 220 - Interpersonal Communication (3)

CMS 296 - Organizational Communication Practicum (1)

CMS 316 - Business and Professional Communication (3)

CMS 321 - Intercultural Communication (3) or

CMS 348 - Gender Communication (3)

CMS 323 - Training and Development (3)

CMS 330 - Public Relations (3)

CMS 336 - Applied Organizational Communication (3)

CMS 342 - Leadership Communication (3)

CMS 351 - Persuasion (3)

CMS 497 - Senior Seminar in Organizational Communication I (3)

CMS 498 - Senior Seminar in Organizational Communication II (3)

BUS 205 - Business Writing (3) or

ENG 113 - Basic News Writing and Reporting (3)

BUS 215 - Business Statistics (3)

BUS 365 - Ethics in a Business Environment (3)

CSA 108 - Desktop Publishing (3)

IDS 206 - Introduction to Research (3)


Complete three courses from the following two areas:

One or two courses chosen from the following:

BUS 212 - Human Resource Management (3)

BUS 242 - Management (3)

BUS 251 - Introduction to Marketing (3)

BUS 301 - Consumer Behavior (3)

BUS 315 - Organizational Behavior (3)


One or two courses chosen from the following:

PSY 256 - Adult Development (3) or

PSY 259 - Lifespan Development (3)

PSY 365 - Psychology of Personality (3)

PSY 336 - Social Psychology (3) or

SOC 336 - Social Psychology (3)

SOC 324 - Race and Nationality (3)

Faculty & Staff

Amanda Irions - Assistant Professor

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Nathaniel Wilson - Assistant Professor of Practice

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Public Relations Specialist

2018 Median Pay: $60,000 per year
Job Outlook: +9% from 2016-2026
Public relations specialists create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent. They craft media releases and develop social media programs to shape public perception of their organization and to increase awareness of its work and goals.

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2018 Median Pay: $56,950 per year
Job Outlook: +15% from 2016-2026
Fundraisers organize events and campaigns to raise money and other kinds of donations for an organization. They also may design promotional materials and increase awareness of an organization’s work, goals, and financial needs.

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Training and Development Managers

2018 Median Pay: $111,340 per year
Job Outlook: +10% from 2016-2026
Training and development managers oversee staff and plan, direct, and coordinate programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of an organization’s employees.

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