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 structures and cultures. In particular, you will investigate the relationship between communication and business ethics, leadership, human motivation, and collaboration. As part of the major, an internship in advertising, public relations, marketing or sales will give you practical experience as you plan for your career.

Student involvement

Join Calvin Video Network; Write for the Chimes or Dialogue; Try out for the Improv team; Help out with Prism, Calvin's year book; Join the Film Arts Committee.

Course Requirements 2017-2018

(46 semester hours)

  • CAS 101 Oral Rhetoric
  • BUS 160 Business Foundation
  • Two courses from
    • CAS 240 Group Communication
    • CAS 260 Interpersonal Communication
    • CAS 265 Leadership Communication for Organizations
  • One course from
  • One course from
  • One course from
    • CAS 305 Persuasion and Propaganda
    • CAS 311 Argumentation and Advocacy
  • CAS 362 Organizational Communication
  • BUS 360 Management and Organizational Behavior
  • One course from
    • CAS 201 New Media
    • CAS 240 Group Communication
    • CAS 260 Interpersonal Communication
    • CAS 263 Communication and Conflict Resolution
    • CAS 264 Communication and Ministry Leadership
    • CAS 265 Leadership Communication for Organizations
    • CAS 305 Persuasion and Propaganda
    • CAS 311 Argumentation and Advocacy
    • ENGL 262 Business Communication
  • One course from
  • CAS 346 Internship in Communication

Cognates

(9 semester hours)

  • ECON 221 Principles of Microeconomics
  • STATS 143 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • ACCT 203 Introduction to Managerial Accounting

Recommended Core: IS 175 Productivity Software

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.

Consider these exciting careers related to organizational communication:

  • business owner
  • employment recruiting
  • lobbyist
  • marketing executive
  • real estate agent
  • sales manager
  • project management
  • paralegal
  • business management
  • research director
  • advertising
  • public relations
  • organizational leadership

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