Skillful, ethical and meaningful communication is vital in the business and non-profit organizations. Learn about how people think, work, collaborate and communicate, and develop the skills you need to spark their interest in your product, your idea or your cause.

Courses in this interdisciplinary major will deepen your understanding of how communication works in organizational contexts to help people with diverse perspectives and interests collaborate ethically and effectively. Through communication and business coursework, you will investigate the relationship between communication and organizational culture, leadership and social influence, knowledge sharing, identity, change, human motivation, organizational structures, and decision making. As part of the major, an internship in internal communication, development, employee communication, public relations, marketing or sales will give you practical experience as you plan for your career.

Student involvement

Join the HR Club, Marketing Club, or Calvin Women’s Business Network; write for the Chimes or Dialogue; help out with Prism, Calvin's yearbook; or use your knowledge and skills to lead one of the many student organizations on campus.

Course Requirements

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To graduate with honors in organizational communication you must:

Earn a grade of B+ or better in at least six honors courses (18 hours) overall with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.  To have a course count as an honors course, you and a professor must create a contract for honors work. 

  • earn a grade of B+ or better in at least two honors courses in BUS and two in CAS

  • complete at least two honors courses outside the major (i.e. neither CAS nor BUS).

  • present an honors thesis or project either in BUS 390H with a grade of at least B (3.0) or a CAS 300-level course, with a presentation to the CAS department.

Organizational Communication graduates can pursue positions in fields such as:

  • change management
  • communication management
  • consumer relations
  • customer service
  • employee communication
  • internal communication
  • organizational administration
  • organizational leadership
  • project management
  • sales
  • training and development

Recent alumni have attained the following positions:

  • Communication Manager
  • Business Development Associate
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Communication Coordinator
  • Compensation Processor
  • Consumer Relations
  • Recruiter
  • Project Manager
  • E Commerce Marketing
  • Sales Leader
  • Marketing Specialist
  • News Writer
  • Online communication
  • Public Relations Associate
  • Data Management Assistant
  • Planning Coordinator
  • Campaign Manager
  • Youth Director

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