Organizational Communication is designed to provide students with a comprehensive and advanced understanding of communication in the organizational environment. Courses are designed to extend oral, written, and critical thinking skills through application of concepts using practical challenges in organizations. Students have the opportunity to explore essential areas of organizational communication, presentational skills, leadership styles, interpersonal and small group interaction, decision making, persuasion, conflict management, and diversity training. Two programs are offered. The thesis track emphasizes student development of research skills under faculty supervision (30 credits). The non-thesis track emphasizes a theoretical foundation based on application of communication courses (36 credits).

Thesis Program

Required Communication Core
COM 601Theories of Communication3
COM 602Methods of Communication Research3
COM 603Qualitative Research Methodologies3
Communication Electives
Select 3 - 5 of the following:9-15
Advanced Communication Research Methods and Statistics
Special Topics in Communication
Seminar in Persuasive Communication
Small Group Processes
Gender Issues in Leadership
Conflict Management
Intercultural Communication: International Perspectives
Culture and Organizations
Organizations, Communication Health
The Executive Communicator
Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
Organizational Training and Development
Seminar in Organizational Communication
Communication Studies Practicum
Advanced Special Topics in Communication Studies
Advanced Projects and Directed Research
Outside Electives 10-6
Thesis
COM 810Master's Thesis1-6
Total Credit Hours30
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A maximum of 6 credit hours thesis track may come from outside the Department of Communication Studies (COS or COM courses). Elective credits must be chosen with prior approval from a Communication Studies advisor.

Non-Thesis Program

Required Communication Core
COM 601Theories of Communication3
COM 602Methods of Communication Research3
COM 603Qualitative Research Methodologies3
Communication Electives
Select 6 - 9 of the following:18-27
Advanced Communication Research Methods and Statistics
Special Topics in Communication
Seminar in Persuasive Communication
Small Group Processes
Gender Issues in Leadership
Conflict Management
Intercultural Communication: International Perspectives
Culture and Organizations
Organizations, Communication Health
The Executive Communicator
Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
Organizational Training and Development
Seminar in Organizational Communication
Communication Studies Practicum
Advanced Special Topics in Communication Studies
Advanced Projects and Directed Research
Outside Electives 10-9
Total Credit Hours36
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A maximum of 9 credit hours non-thesis track may come from outside the Department of Communication Studies (COS or COM courses). Elective credits must be chosen with prior approval from a Communication Studies advisor.