Communication Studies - Organizational Communication Option - (CSO) - BA Major

45 S.H. (Minor Required) 

If you are planning a career in the business world and want to learn how to be a successful communicator in a variety of organizational contexts, the Organizational Communication Option of Communication Studies is the major for you.  In this major, you will learn how to use social media effectively, communicate well in groups and organizations, and implement the best strategies for making a strong first impression.

This option is designed to prepare you to succeed in modern organizations.  With ongoing changes in technology, the use of teams, and the multiplicity of ways that organizations are structured, you need to be prepared to understand and adapt to an ever-changing world of work. If you choose this option, you will be expected to

  1. Analyze the effects of communication technologies in organizations;
  2. Analyze organizational culture and systems;
  3. Apply appropriate theories to organizational settings;
  4. Demonstrate communication competencies appropriate for the organizational setting, such as leadership, followership, and interpersonal communication;
  5. Analyze organizational behaviors from diverse perspectives;
  6. Construct original messages for a variety of audiences; and
  7. Develop a professional development plan or portfolio.

Required Courses (42 S.H.)

Foundations (9 S.H.)

     CMST 281       Intercultural Communication (3 S.H.)
     CMST 282       Introduction to Communication Studies (3 S.H.)
     CMST 283       Introduction to Rhetorical Studies (3 S.H.)

Core Requirements (15 S.H.)

     CMST 357       Communication in Social Media (3 S.H.)
     CMST 380       Communication Research Methods (3 S.H.)
     CMST 485       Senior Capstone in Communication Studies (3 S.H.)

    Choose one of the following:

            STAT 110     Fundamentals of Statistics (3 S.H.)
        Other options:
            ECON 222    Statistics for Business and Economics (3 S.H.)  
            PSY 231    Statistics (3 S.H.)
            STAT 210    Statistics (3 S.H.)  

     Choose one of the following:

            ENG 210         Advanced Expository Writing (3 S.H.)
            ENG 211         Writing in Communities (3 S.H.)
            ENG 439         Technical Writing (3 S.H.)

Option Requirements (18 S.H.)

     CMST 366       Organizational Communication (3 S.H.)
     CMST 369       Leadership and Communication (3 S.H.)
     CMST 371       Small Group Communication (3 S.H.)
     CMST 385       Health Communication (3 S.H.)
     CMST 399       Internship (1-12 S.H.)

     Choose one of the following:

            CMST 296       Fundamentals of Interviewing (3 S.H.)
            CMST 387       Interpersonal Communication (3 S.H.)

Electives (3 S.H.)

Choose one additional CMST course, excluding CMST 191 - Introduction to Public Speaking or CMST 192 - Introduction to Human Communication.