Organizational Communication

Natalie Slater

Class of 2015 (BS), 2016 (MPC)

“I wanted to focus on the training/development and business aspect of communications. I loved being able to take courses not only in communications, but also in the business school, because it gave me a broader range of knowledge.”

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.

Careers in Organizational Communication

See a list of career possibilities.

Program Requirements

How To Declare Your Major

  1. Complete the Major Declaration Form
  2. Email the completed form to

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