Organizational Communication

What You Will Learn

Organizational Communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within organizations across various contexts, cultures, channels and media through the effective and ethical practice of human communication. You can select a track in either Technical Writing or Training & Development. You also have the option of completing a minor approved by your advisor.   

  • Technical Writing: Focus on the process of synthesizing technical information into messages easily understood by a given audience. Technical writers produce organizational policy, training manuals, employee newsletters, brochures, grant applications and annual reports.
  • Training & Development: Focus on communication knowledge and skills needed to conduct training needs assessments for diverse groups; design workshops; write training manuals; evaluate classroom, technology and equipment needs; promote training within the organization; advise individuals and groups on problems that might be resolved through training; and evaluate training outcomes in terms of individual and organizational development.
"Communication Studies worked great for me. Not only did we delve into interesting theoretical discussions, but we learned to apply that theory to real life. It was the professors who made the difference for me. They knew my name and taught in a way that challenged me personally. My experience was very rewarding."

Linda J. Fonnesbeck, Communication Specialist
Ogden City Council

Careers in Organizational Communication

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Program Requirements

How To Declare Your Major

  1. Complete the Major Declaration Form (PDF) and have your advisor sign it.
  2. Return the form to the Communication Department in Elizabeth Hall, Room 330.

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Susan Hafen, Ph.D.
Last Names A-M
EH 349

Hailey Gillen Hoke, Ph.D.
Last Names N-Z
EH 338

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