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Organizational Communication (Accelerated)

Application Deadline

July 1, 2014

The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication at St. Edward’s prepares you to facilitate clear and effective communication across all levels of an organization.

All required courses in this major are offered in seven-week accelerated sessions. With two seven-week sessions per semester, you can choose to take more classes each semester and finish your degree faster. You have the flexibility to build your degree plan around your schedule. If you enroll with 60+ transferable credits, you can complete your degree in less than two years.

Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication

Overview:

As a BA in Organizational Communication major, you’ll learn to analyze scenarios and develop processes that help people and businesses interact successfully. You’ll also examine ways to help organizations carry out changes, such as workforce reductions or alterations to employee benefits and company policies, in a smooth and confident manner. Courses in leadership, writing, technology, communication and team development give you the skills and training to become a change agent within an organization.

Students who think critically, solve problems quickly, listen well and relate easily to others are good candidates for this program. Earning elective credit, our students have put these skills to work during internships at sites such as CW Austin and Emmis Austin Radio Station.

Graduates of this program are well suited to careers where leadership and a big-picture perspective are essential to managing change. They secure jobs as diverse as program administrators for nonprofits, crisis management directors for city governments and project managers for corporations.

Course Preview:

BA in Organizational Communication majors take courses from these groups:

REQUIRED COURSES
Students majoring in Organizational Communication complete required courses that include Interpersonal Communication; Innovation, Communication and Organizational Change; Intercultural Communications; and Business Ethics.

GENERAL EDUCATION AND MISSION COURSES
All New College programs require general education and mission courses designed to refresh and expand your knowledge and skills in research methods, critical thinking and writing, and oral presentation, among others.

SENIOR PROJECT
Organizational Communication students conduct a communication assessment in an organization of their choice. They act as formal consultants: determining a research question, designing a research plan, constructing and distributing a survey, conducting interviews or focus groups, analyzing their data, drawing conclusions, and making recommendations. Ultimately, they develop and present a formal research report to their clients. Students have completed projects for the State of Texas, Dell, Austin Community College, Applied Materials, the Austin American-Statesman, and several schools and churches, among others.

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication.

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