Organizational Communication

About the major in

Organizational Communication

The interdisciplinary major in Organizational Communication is anchored by the Department of Speech & Theatre. This major prepares students for careers in employee communication, special events and fund raising, strategic communication, and conflict management.

Mission Statement for the Major
The interdisciplinary major in Organizational Communication is a student-focused program that emphasizes theory, concepts, and skills necessary to understand how communication functions in non-profit and for-profit organizations.

Students learn application and analysis in organizational innovation, culture, training, assessment, supervision, conflict management, leadership, team-building, and communication networks. They learn to think critically, logically, creatively, and ethically, and to broaden understanding of organizational diversity, cultures, historical perspectives, and current issues.

Through experiential learning in both on-campus and online courses, the major provides hands-on opportunities, applied projects, and internships to involve students on campus and in the community.

Courses to take each year
For course suggestions for each year, see the suggested pattern of study for the Org Com major.  Also check out
the MTSU catalog and Planning Your Schedule.

All students majoring in Organizational Communication must receive a C (2.0) or better in all courses in the major for the course to count as a prerequisite or to count toward graduation.

Minor and required electives
A minor is not required. Students have 25 hours or more in electives and may earn a minor if they wish. They also must choose from among several groups of courses for an 18-hour Cognate.

Experiential Learning
Many courses in the Organizational Communication major are experiential learning courses (EXL). These include hands-on learning projects and count toward the requirements of the EXL Scholars Program that formally began on campus in fall 2006. Research shows that students are more engaged in learning when they can learn "by doing." For more information about the EXL Scholars Program, check the website: http://www.mtsu.edu/~exl.



Ms. Debbie Boyd teaches
ORCO 3240 Introduction to Organizational Communication both online and on campus at MTSU.  She teaches ORCO 3250 Organizational Communication in Communities online.  She is also lead course designer for ORCO 3240 Organizational Communications in the Regents Online Campus Collaborative.


Courses in Organizatio
nal Communication:

Course Number

ORCO Course Name

Semester Offered

ORCO 3240

Introduction to Organizational Communication (most sections are EXL)

Fall, Spring, and
Summer

ORCO 3245
(same as LEAD 3245)

Women, Leadership, andCommunication (EXL)

Spring

ORCO 3250

Organizational Communication in Communities (EXL)

Fall, Spring, and Summer

ORCO 3500

Strategic Communication in Organizations (most sections are EXL)

Fall, Spring, and Summer

ORCO 3650

Conflict and Organizations (EXL)

Fall, Spring, and Summer

ORCO 3750

Organizational Communication Analysis (EXL)

Fall and Spring

ORCO 3800
(same as THEA 3800)

Introduction to Arts Management

Fall and Spring

ORCO 4000

Topics in Organizational Communication (most sections are EXL)

Fall and Spring

ORCO 4200

Multinational Organizations (most sections are EXL)

Fall and Spring

ORCO 4210

Applied Organizational Projects (EXL)

Fall, Spring, and Summer

ORCO 4220

Internship in Organizational Communication (EXL)

Fall, Spring, and Summer

ORCO 4450

Directed Study in Organizational Communication

Fall, Spring, and Summer

ORCO 4500

Senior Capstone in Organizational Communication (EXL)

Fall, Spring, and Summer

ORCO 4850
(same as THEA 4850)

Development for Arts Organizations

Spring

*ORCO 3240 Organizational Communication is part of the Regents Online Degree Program, and is offered online during Fall, Spring, and Summer.

Students in Senior Capstone class enjoy working on their consulting projects, Spring 2009.

 

Interview End of Year with Dr. Asbury
End of the semester celebration with Dr. Asbury,
Spring 2012. 

Second Interview End of Year with Dr. Asbury
Another end of the semester celebration with Dr. Asbury,
Spring 2012.



Org Com students having fun.


ORCO 3750 class photo
ORCO 3750 Analysis class, Fall 2006.