Career Skills Module: Organizational Communication

Part I 

  • COM 102: Introduction to Communication (3 credits): This course surveys the theories of communication relevant to all contexts – from conversations between friends and family to presidential town halls on the Internet. It introduces students to essential concepts and fundamental theories that describe the process, function, natures, and effects of communication.


  • COM 203: Interpersonal Communication (3 credits): An examination of the ways in which people communicate through verbal and nonverbal symbols, the processes by which the receiver interprets messages, the effects of communication upon relationships, and the environmental and cultural conditions that affect communication. Intrapersonal and interpersonal communication are studied to help the student improve his or her own skills and to provide a foundation in basic communication theory.


  • COM 270: Organizational Communication (Prerequisite: COM 102; 3 credits): This course is concerned with communication processes within an organization. It focuses on the sending, the receiving and the interpreting of messages. Principles of downward, upward and lateral systems are investigated. Case studies are employed to illustrate typical problems that arise and the methodologies devised for successful resolutions to achieve effective communication.


Part II

(Prerequisite: Organizational Communications Career Skills Module: Part I)

  • COM 211: Fundamentals of Public Relations Theory & Practice (Prerequisite: COM 102; 3 credits): This course is designed to help students develop an understanding of public relations from a theoretical and a strategic management perspective. Specifically, the course will help students trace the history and development of the field; critically assess the role of public relations in modern societies; develop an understanding of theoretical concepts and practical techniques of public relations in interpersonal and organizational communication; and evaluate the relationships between public relations, journalism, advertising, marketing, and other communication disciplines in modern societies.


  • COM 302: Persuasion (3 credits): A study of contemporary theories of persuasive message design in mediated and interpersonal contexts. The course examines the roles played by language, culture, message content, and media in persuasion. Students analyze a variety of persuasive artifacts, learn how to detect deception, and learn how to construct effective persuasive messages.


  • COM 301: Small Group Communication (Prerequisite: COM 203; 3 credits): An investigation of the theories and processes of communication within small groups. Students work in small groups to integrate theory with experience.