Organizational Communication

COMS students develop skills in meeting and conference planning

Communication is a defining feature of organizations. Organizational communication is the study of how individuals construct and exchange messages to enable goal-oriented activity and cope with uncertainty. Coursework adopts a communication approach to exploring organizational structures, interpersonal relationships, power and control, leadership, organizational socialization, and diversity at work.

How are organizational cultures created, maintained, and changed through communication? How do emergent technologies shape how people organize to reach individual and collective goals? What is the role of communication in managing and negotiating relational conflicts in the workplace? What roles does communication play in developing and enacting leadership in ways that affect change, decision-making, and organizational outcomes? In what ways does communication facilitate organizational socialization? How are organizational missions and strategic visions communicated to internal and external stakeholders? How do environmental, economic, and regulatory forces impact organizational communication practices?

Recent graduates are employed in major consulting firms, national financial service providers, conference planning companies, and information management organizations.

Career Pathways

Public Relations, Sales, & Marketing

You might consider a career in Public Relations, Sales, and Marketing if you find these questions compelling:

How are organizational missions and strategic visions communicated to internal and external stakeholders? In what ways can companies use persuasive messages to establish a strong external image and organizational identity? How do companies draw on emergent technologies to effectively address brand management and organizational crisis? In what ways do sales people use communication strategies to pitch their ideas effectively? What role does communication play in developing, testing, marketing, and selling new products or services?

COMS Curriculum (Suggested COMS Theory and Elective Courses)

Courses listed are only suggestions. Students should consult the COMS Major Checklist for an exhaustive overview of major requirements and to identify requisite requirements.

COMS 2020 Persuasion
COMS 2040 Techniques of Interviewing
COMS 2400 Information Diffusion
COMS 3060 Interpersonal Conflict Management
COMS 3200 Communication & New Technology
COMS 3500 Introduction to Organizational Communication
COMS 3501 Advanced Organizational Communication
COMS 4030 Advanced Presentations
COMS 4050 Meeting & Conference Planning
COMS 4060 Advanced Interpersonal Communication
COMS 4530 Communication & the Campaign
COMS 4921 Internship, Organizational Communication

Related Area/Certificates/Minors

Courses, Minors, and Certificates listed are only suggestions. Students should consult the Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog to identify requisite requirements for courses and to identify requirements and application processes for Minors and Certificates.

BA 1100 Introduction to Business
JOUR 1050 Introduction to Mass Communication
MGT 2000 Introduction to Management
MKT 2020 or 2400 Marketing Principles
JOUR 2500 Introduction to Strategic Communication
JOUR 2700 Introduction to Public Relations
MGT 3000 Principles of Operations
CONS 3100 Human Resources for Customer Service Professions
MGT 3100J The Social, Legal, and Ethnical Responsibilities of Business
HRM 3250 Managing the Employment Relationship
HRM 4250 Employee Relations
MKT 4440 Consumer Behavior
JOUR 4510 Corporate Social Responsibility
MKT 4550 Customer Service
JOUR 4710 Public Relations Planning
JOUR 4720 Advanced Public Relations

Business Minor
Customer Service Minor
Economics Minor
Finance Minor
Financial Planning Certificate
Journalism Minor
Marketing Minor
Sales Certificate

Human Resource Management

You might consider a career in Human Resource Management if you find these questions compelling:

How are organizational cultures created, maintained, and changed through communication? What is the role of communication in managing relational conflicts in the workplace? How does communication help facilitate successful organizational change initiatives (e.g., mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructuring, downsizing, etc.)? How do companies successfully recruit, socialize, and retain talented employees? In what ways do communication professionals ensure equity in their organizations?

COMS Curriculum (Suggested COMS Theory and Elective Courses)

Courses listed are only suggestions. Students should consult the COMS Major Checklist for an exhaustive overview of major requirements and to identify requisite requirements.

COMS 2040 Techniques of Interviewing
COMS 3060 Interpersonal Conflict Management
COMS 3200 Communication & New Technology
COMS 3500 Introduction to Organizational Communication
COMS 3501 Advanced Organizational Communication
COMS 4030 Advanced Presentations
COMS 4050 Meeting & Conference Planning
COMS 4060 Advanced Interpersonal Communication
COMS 4100 Cross-Cultural Communication
COMS 4110 Communicating with People with Disabilities
COMS 4200 Gender Communication
COMS 4410 Communication in the Family
COMS 4510 Training & Development in Communication
COMS 4900 Communication Practicum
COMS 4921 Internship, Organizational Communication

Related Area/Certificates/Minors

Courses, Minors, and Certificates listed are only suggestions. Students should consult the Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog to identify requisite requirements for courses and to identify requirements and application processes for Minors and Certificates.

BA 1100 Introduction to Business
JOUR 2500 Introduction to Strategic Communication
MGT 2000 Introduction to Management
MGT 3000 Principles of Operations
CONS 3100 Human Resources for Customer Service Professions
MGT 3100J The Social, Legal, and Ethnical Responsibilities of Business
HRM 3200 Human Resource Management
HRM 3240 Advanced Concepts in Human Resource Management
HRM 3250 Managing the Employment Relationship
HRM 4250 Employee Relations
MKT 4440 Consumer Behavior
JOUR 4510 Corporate Social Responsibility
HRM 4550 International Human Resource Management
HRM 4600 Strategic Human Resource Management

Business Minor
Customer Service Minor
Economics Minor
Finance Minor
Financial Planning Certificate
Marketing Minor
Sales Certificate

Event Planning

You might consider a career in Event Planning if you find these questions compelling:

How do individuals communicatively manage the delicate balance between clients and vendors? In what ways do communication skills contribute to the development of an entrepreneurial business? How do communication professionals facilitate effective communication amongst stakeholders with various divergent needs? In what ways do individuals use communication strategies to advocate for their clients?

COMS Curriculum (Suggested COMS Theory and Elective Courses)

Courses listed are only suggestions. Students should consult the COMS Major Checklist for an exhaustive overview of major requirements and to identify requisite requirements.

COMS 2020 Communication & Persuasion
COMS 2040 Techniques of Interviewing
COMS 3060 Interpersonal Conflict Management
COMS 3200 Communication & New Technology
COMS 3500 Introduction to Organizational Communication
COMS 3501 Advanced Organizational Communication
COMS 4030 Advanced Presentations
COMS 4050 Meeting & Conference Planning
COMS 4060 Advanced Interpersonal Communication
COMS 4410 Communication in the Family
COMS 4510 Training & Development in Communication
COMS 4530 Communication Practicum
COMS 4921 Internship, Organizational Communication

Related Area/Certificates/Minors

Courses, Minors, and Certificates listed are only suggestions. Students should consult the Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog to identify requisite requirements for courses and to identify requirements and application processes for Minors and Certificates.

BA 1100 Introduction to Business
BUSL 2000 Law and Society
MGT 2000 Introduction to Management
MKT 2020 or 2400 Marketing Principles
GLC 2030 Business and Communication in Transitional Societies
JOUR 2500 Introduction to Strategic Communication
JOUR 2700 Introduction to Public Relations
MGT 3000 Principles of Operations
CONS 3100 Human Resources for Customer Service Professions
MGT 3100J The Social, Legal, and Ethnical Responsibilities of Business
MKT 4440 Consumer Behavior
JOUR 4510 Corporate Social Responsibility
MKT 4550 Customer Service
JOUR 4710 Public Relations Planning
JOUR 4720 Advanced Public Relations
JOUR 4810 New Media Management

Business Minor
Customer Service Minor
Economics Minor
Entrepreneurship Certificate
Finance Minor
Financial Planning Certificate
Journalism Minor
Marketing Minor
Recreation Management Minor
Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development Minor
Sales Certificate

Nonprofit Organizing

You might consider a career in Nonprofit Organizing if you find these questions compelling:

How can communication practitioners contribute to the missions, visions, and goals of nonprofit organizations? How do communication specialists facilitate dialogue to promote social goods, democratic practices, collective actions, equity, and inclusion? What is the role of storytelling in nonprofit organizing? What communication challenges do volunteers and paid staff of nonprofit organizations face when advocating for social change?

COMS Curriculum (Suggested COMS Theory and Elective Courses)

Courses listed are only suggestions. Students should consult the COMS Major Checklist for an exhaustive overview of major requirements and to identify requisite requirements.

COMS 2020 Communication & Persuasion
COMS 2400 Information Diffusion
COMS 3060 Interpersonal Conflict Management
COMS 3200 Communication & New Technology
COMS 3300 Environmental Communication
COMS 3500 Introduction to Organizational Communication
COMS 3501 Advanced Organizational Communication
COMS 3602 Political Rhetoric
COMS 3603 Contemporary Culture & Rhetoric
COMS 4030 Advanced Presentations
COMS 4060 Advanced Interpersonal Communication
COMS 4100 Cross-Cultural Communication
COMS 4110 Communicating with People with Disabilities
COMS 4200 Gender & Communication
COMS 4510 Training & Development in Communication
COMS 4921 Internship, Organizational Communication

Related Area/Certificates/Minors

Courses, Minors, and Certificates listed are only suggestions. Students should consult the Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog to identify requisite requirements for courses and to identify requirements and application processes for Minors and Certificates.

BA 1100 Introduction to Business
SOC 1000 Introduction to Society
PHIL 1300 Introduction to Ethics
WGS 2000 Issues in Women’s and Gender Studies
MDIA 2012 Media, Communication & Social Change
JOUR 2500 Introduction to Strategic Communication
SOC 2600 Criminal Justice
MGT 3100J The Social, Legal, and Ethnical Responsibilities of Business
SOC 3310 Class and Inequality
SOC 3290 Race and Ethnic Relations
SW 3602 Social Welfare Policy
EDCS 4001 Democracy, Diversity and Education
JOUR 4510 Corporate Social Responsibility
ANTH4620 Human Rights, Law and Justice
ANTH 4960 Human Diversity

Business Minor
Diversity Studies Certificate
Environmental Studies Certificate
Law, Justice, and Culture Certificate
Marketing Minor
Political Communication Certificate
Sociology Minor
War and Peace Studies Certificate
Women’s and Gender Studies Certificate

Social Media & Emerging Technologies

You might consider a career in Social Media & Emerging Technologies if you find these questions compelling:

How do social media shape how people organize to reach individual and collective goals? How do companies respond to organizational crisis using social media such as Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook? In what ways do organizations use social media to develop and maintain their organizational identity, brand, and image?

COMS Curriculum (Suggested COMS Theory and Elective Courses)

Courses listed are only suggestions. Students should consult the COMS Major Checklist for an exhaustive overview of major requirements and to identify requisite requirements.

COMS 2020 Communication & Persuasion
COMS 2040 Techniques of Interviewing
COMS 2400 Information Diffusion
COMS 3060 Interpersonal Conflict Management
COMS 3200 Communication & New Technology
COMS 3500 Introduction to Organizational Communication
COMS 3501 Advanced Organizational Communication
COMS 4030 Advanced Presentations
COMS 4050 Meeting & Conference Planning
COMS 4060 Advanced Interpersonal Communication
COMS 4630 Rhetoric and Electronic Media
COMS 4920 Communication Practicum
COMS 4921 Internship, Organizational Communication

Related Area/Certificates/Minors
Courses, Minors, and Certificates listed are only suggestions. Students should consult the Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog to identify requisite requirements for courses and to identify requirements and application processes for Minors and Certificates.

BA 1100 Introduction to Business
EM 1010 Introduction to Electronic Media
ITS 1010 Consumer Issues in Telecommunication
ITS 2020 Understanding Internet Technology
MDIA 1020 Media & the Creative Process
JOUR 1050 Introduction to Mass Communication
MDIA 1300 Digital Media Production Basics
MDIA 1700 Media Perspectives
MDIA 2012 Media, Communication & Social Change
MKT 2020 or 2400 Marketing Principles
MDIA 2040 The Business of Media
EM 2180 Introduction to Digital Media
JOUR 2500 Introduction to Strategic Communication
JOUR 2700 Introduction to Public Relations
MDIA 2800 Media and Identity

Business Minor
Entrepreneurship Certificate
Journalism Minor
Marketing Minor
Political Communication Certificate
Public Relations Major
Sales Certificate
Writing Certificate
Social Media Certificate

Consulting (Domestic & International)

You might consider a career in Consulting if you find these questions compelling:

How do communication specialists manage, facilitate, and orchestrate communication messages and processes to meet the needs of their client organizations? What role does power play in distribution of resources to various stakeholders? How can communication practitioners appropriately and effectively perform in the contexts of international/multinational organizations?

COMS Curriculum (Suggested COMS Theory and Elective Courses)

Courses listed are only suggestions. Students should consult the COMS Major Checklist for an exhaustive overview of major requirements and to identify requisite requirements.

COMS 2040 Techniques of Interviewing
COMS 2400 Information Diffusion
COMS 3060 Interpersonal Conflict Management
COMS 3200 Communication & New Technology
COMS 3500 Organizational Communication
COMS 3501 Advanced Organizational Communication
COMS 4030 Advanced Presentations
COMS 4050 Meeting & Conference Planning
COMS 4100 Cross-Cultural Communication
COMS 4200 Gender Communication
COMS 4510 Training & Development in Communication
COMS 4920 Communication Practicum
COMS 4921 Internship, Organizational Communication

Related Area/Certificates/Minors

Courses, Minors, and Certificates listed are only suggestions. Students should consult the Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog to identify requisite requirements for courses and to identify requirements and application processes for Minors and Certificates.

BA 1100 Introduction to Business
GEOG 1310 Globalization and the Developing World
POLS 1500 Themes in Global Politics
MGT 2000 Introduction to Management
GLC 2010 Building Cross-National Alliances
CONS 2500 Consumers in Global Communities
JOUR 2500 Introduction to Strategic Communication
GLC 3010 Global Economic Trends and Strategic Alliances
MGT 3100J The Social, Legal, and Ethnical Responsibilities of Business
HRM 3250 Managing the Employment Relationship
ECON 3400 International Trade
MGT 3600 Introduction to International Business
HRM 4250 Employee Relations
MGT 4410 International Marketing
MKT 4440 Consumer Behavior
JOUR 4510 Corporate Social Responsibility
HRM 4550 International Human Resource Management
HRM 4600 Strategic Human Resource Management
MGT 4650 Transnational Strategy, Organization and Leadership

Business Minor
Diversity Studies Certificate
Entrepreneurship Certificate
European Studies Certificate
Foreign Language Majors or Minors (such as French, German, and Spanish)
Certificate Programs available with an emphasis on a variety of cultures (such as African Studies Certificate, East Asian Studies Certificate)
Global Leadership Certificate
Journalism Minor
Marketing Minor
Political Communication Certificate
Public Relations Major
Sales Certificate
Writing Certificate

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