Organizational Communication

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Degree Overview

What makes an organization tick? How do you unite a team behind a common vision? Why are some people passive in their work and others passionate?

When you study organizational communication at Calvin, you’ll learn from communication faculty who are visionaries in the field of organizational communication. They’ve spent years investigating organizational cultures, and they’ll show you how to do the same. In class, you’ll unpack theories in communication ethics, conflict negotiation, and written communication.

Then, put that good thinking to work. Hands-on class projects, seminar presentations, and internships will empower you to become an effective leader. Analyze the workplace dynamics of nonprofits or Fortune 500 companies. Research new ideas and present your findings. Practice innovation through an internship with a marketing firm, nonprofit, church, or Fortune 500 company.

With this degree, you’ll be able to step into any organization and know how to take it to the next level.

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Program Distinctives

Diverse classes - You’ll have lots of options in the courses you choose, so your degree can be tailored to your ambitions. Optional electives include classes in human relations, entrepreneurship, and psychology.
A practical advantage - Understanding the intricacies of the workplace makes you competitive in any workplace. You’ll be a vital asset to any business, non-profit, or other organization.
Lead on campus - Use your knowledge and skills to lead one of the many student organizations on campus. Our communications-related clubs include the Human Relations Club, Marketing Club, Calvin Women’s Business Network, and our Chimes student newspaper.
Grace-filled perspective - Be part of a community that centers faith in every class and project. We believe that integrity and grace should be at the heart of all communication, whether it's personal or organizational.

Program Requirements & Opportunities

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  • Careers

    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

    See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Broaden your horizon

Organizational communication is the closest communication major to a business major, but why not go one step further? Adding a business major will give you even more tools to create better businesses, and a better world.

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