The study of organizational communication focuses on the internal dynamics and human interactions within various organizational settings.

Students in organizational communication complete courses designed to develop interpersonal communication skills, problem solving and critical thinking, informative and persuasive message construction for both public speaking and small group interactions, and essential communication competencies for effective leadership in organizations.

Organizational Communication focuses on the essential communication skills necessary to work with others in professional settings which include verbal communication, nonverbal communication, listening, emotional awareness/intelligence, and context assessment. 

Organizational Communication majors develop a set of necessary and flexible skills that make them “most likely to succeed” in various workplace settings. 


Organizational Communication (BS) Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree.

Careers in Organizational Communication

Listed here are a few of the jobs our recent graduates secured after completion of the degree.

  • Customs Broker for Unigroup
  • Compliance Coordinator for Enterprise Fleet Management
  • Contract Administrator and Marketing Director for Kueker’s Nursery and Landscaping
  • Customer Relation Assistant for Bank of Missouri
  • Youth Development Professional with the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis
  • Youth Specialist in the Missouri Department of Social Services
  • Associate Regional Director for Tau Kappa Epsilon International Headquarters
  • Insurance Producer for Arnold Insurance
  • Healthcare Recruiter for Maxi Healthcare Group
  • Senior Benefits Consultant for GoHealth
  • Regional Sales Professional at Amor Equipment
  • Franchise Sales Executive for Goodhead Insurance Agency

Internship Opportunities

The department seeks to facilitate experiential learning opportunities for students. Whether a student chooses to complete an internship with a local organization or chooses to venture further away, the department works to support student success. Below are a few of the companies that our students have completed their internships with.

  • Avoca Search
  • Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce
  • City of Maryland Heights, MO
  • Old Town Cape
  • Associated Wholesale Grocers
  • Cape Catfish
  • Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
  • Swiftprint Communications
  • Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center

Graduate Programs of Recent Graduates

  • Ball State University, Dept. of Comm. Studies
  • Clemson University, Dept. of Comm. Studies
  • Indiana University, Dept. of Communication
  • Lindenwood University, School of Business
  • Northwestern University, Dept. of Comm Studies
  • Saint Louis University, Dept. of Communication
  • University of Arkansas, Dept. of Communication
  • University of Central Florida, School of Communication
  • University of Illinois, Health Comm. Program
  • University Missouri St. Louis, Dept. of Communication

What You'll Study

Degree Map

Our program provides a comprehensive curriculum covering various aspects of communication within organizations. You'll explore topics like interpersonal communication, organizational behavior, public relations, and conflict resolution. The Organizational Communication curriculum includes 48 hours specific to this major. Students are also expected to complete at least 120 required credits, including the general education requirements, and at least 39 senior division hours.

Required Courses:

  • SC001 Exit Interview (0) 
  • SC105 Fund of Oral Comm (3) 
  • SC155 Fund of Interpersonal Comm (3) 
  • SC200 Introduction to Communication Research (3) 
  • SC230 Communicating Professionally (3) 
  • SC302 Managerial Communication Processes (3) 
  • SC350 Organizational Communication (3) 
  • SC359 Ethics of Dialogue and Deliberation (3) 
  • SC415 Communication and Group Leadership (3) 
  • SC425 Persuasion (3) 
  • SC483 Internship in Speech Comm (3) 
  • SC491 Senior Research Project in Organizational Communication (3) 

Choose 3 Hours From:

  • SC215 Intercultural Communication (3) 
  • SC316 Gender Communication (3) 
  • SC355 Relational Comm Strategies (3) 

Choose 3 Hours From:

  • SC335 Interviewing (3) 
  • SC363 Communication Theory and Research (3) 

Choose 3 Hours From:

  • SC406 Negotiation and Conflict Management (3) 
  • SC482 Special Topics (3) 

Choose 6 Hours From:

  • MG301 Principles of Management (3) 
  • MG356 Foundations of Human Resource Management (3) 
  • PS431 Non-Profit Management (3) 
  • PS436 Grants and Fundraising (3) 

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities and Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year 

Fall Semester (13 Hours) 
  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
Spring Semester (15 Hours) 
  • SC105 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Sophomore Year 

Fall Semester (16 Hours) 
  • SC155 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (4) 
Spring Semester (15 Hours) 
  • SC200 (3) 
  • SC230 (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Junior Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 
  • SC350 (3) 
  • SC359 (3) 
  • Org Comm Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
Spring Semester (15 Hours) 
  • SC302 (3) 
  • Org Comm Elective (3) 
  • Org Comm Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Senior Year 

Fall Semester (16 Hours) 
  • SC415 (3) 
  • SC425 (3) 
  • Org Comm Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (1) 
Spring Semester (15 Hours) 
  • SC001 (0) 
  • SC483 (3) 
  • SC491 (3) 
  • Org Comm Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3)

NOTE: Consider taking a summer or winter session course to avoid 18-hour semesters.

Degree requirements for all students: a minimum of 120 credit hours, completion of the General Education program, and completion of 39 senior division hours (300-599). Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin or Degree Works for additional graduation requirements for your program. 

A minimum 2.0 GPA in the major and overall are required to graduate with a BS degree. 

Outcomes & Careers

  • $67K

    Public Relations Specialist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for public relations specialists is $67,440.

  • $120K

    Training and Development Manager

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for training and development managers is $120,000.

  • $64K

    Human Resources Specialist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for human resources specialists is $64,240.

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Hands-on Learning

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"The main thing I’ve taken away from my experiences at Southeast is communication skills — in person, by email, by phone, and by other written forms. All of the experiences I’ve had with classmates and professors and all the written assignments and speeches I’ve done have taught me the communication skills that I will need in a career in sports."

Blake Schaffer

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