Organizational Communication | Communication Studies | SIU

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Organizational Communication

Are you planning to work for a specific type of organization when you finish your degree?

Hone your talents for a competitive edge.

  • Improve your understanding of how businesses and organizations work
  • Develop your business communication skills
  • Develop interviewing techniques and skills

Wherever people work in groups, effective formal and informal communication is crucial to the success of their enterprise. If you plan to work in any type of organization, you might select the specialization in organizational communication where your course work will include business and professional speaking, persuasion, interviewing, and the climate and culture of organizations. As a community member and student within the university system, you already are involved in many organizational activities which offer you a unique perspective on organizational communication dynamics. In addition, your participation in activities such as student government, athletics, community service, and the workplace will extend the knowledge gained from your coursework with practical experience as you explore and refine your communicative skills in a variety of organizational settings.


Organizational Communication Specialization Requirements, 33 credit hrs
Required: 280, 281, 326, 341 (or 301I), 383, 480, 483; 12 hours selected from any other communication studies courses.

Communication Studies Major Requirements
University Core Curriculum Requirements, 41 credit hours
College of Liberal Arts Academic Requirements, 6-11 credit hours (Includes: one year of foreign language and two writing intensive courses).

Requirements for Major in Communication Studies, 42-43 credit hours
Required Core Courses, 9 credit hours
Communication theory: 230
Communication skills: 3 hours of public communication selected from 221, 325, 326 or 370; and 3 hours of interpersonal communication selected from 261, 262, 371 or 383. Required Curriculum Specialization, 33-36 credit hours (see above)

Communication Studies Minor Requirements
A minor in communication studies consists of a minimum of fifteen hours (in addition to Communication Studies 101), which must include nine hours at the 300-or 400-level.

*From 2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog