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The BA in Organizational Communication explores effective and participatory communication across organizational contexts. Students are encouraged to identify and explain theoretical frameworks operative in organizational and group communication; apply multiple theoretical perspectives to a variety of organizational and group contexts and events; express ideas and information competently in written or oral form with clarity and organization; appraise similarities and differences among multicultural and global communication contexts and events; formulate appropriate communicative messages for group and organizational effectiveness.
The curriculum is both deep and broad, enabling students to gain practical expertise in their area of interest while gaining a working knowledge of related areas. The curriculum focuses on ethical practice and the convergence of traditional and new media, preparing students for professional practice in an evolving marketplace. Students learn to express themselves well in oral and written communications, to think critically about communication events all around them, to develop skills valuable in the workplace, and to communicate effectively in a diverse world.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|College Core Requirements||16|
|Liberal Studies Requirements||84|
|Total hours required||192|
Students will be able to:
- Identify and explain theoretical frameworks operative in organizational and group communication.
- Apply multiple theoretical perspectives to a variety of organizational and group contexts and events.
- Express ideas and information competently in written or oral form with clarity and organization.
- Appraise similarities and differences among multicultural and global communication contexts and events.
- Formulate appropriate communicative messages for group and organizational effectiveness.
Four core courses are required of all College of Communication students:
|CMN 101||INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION||4|
|CMN 102||INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION||4|
|CMN 103||INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION||4|
|CMN 104||PUBLIC SPEAKING||4|
Students are encouraged to complete all four prior to taking additional coursework in the major.
Students who intend to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Communication will be required to demonstrate a measure of competence in a modern language, as defined by the college. Such competence may be demonstrated in one of several ways:
- completing the last course in a second year high school course work in a modern language or Latin
- completing the last course in the first-year college sequence of any language
- completing a college course beyond the first-year level in any language
- achieving a satisfactory score on any of the Modern Language placement examinations administered at DePaul
- achieving a satisfactory rating in a proficiency examination accepted by DePaul
- achieving a score of 3 or higher on the Advance Placement (AP) test for any language (must be completed during high school)
- achieving a score of 5 or higher in the Language B assessment from a Standard or Higher Level International Baccalaureate (IB) program
- achieving a satisfactory score on the CLEP examination.
Students with some modern language training should consult with the Modern Language Department about the course with which they should begin. Students with little or no previous work in the language will be required to complete the entire three-course introductory sequence.
The Modern Language Option is available to all BA students who wish to study a modern language beyond the level necessary to meet the College’s modern language requirement. Students selecting the option may substitute a three-course language sequence for two learning domain courses and one open elective, or two upper-level courses in the same language for two learning domain requirements. Modern Language Option substitutions may not be used to replace the Scientific Inquiry: Lab or Scientific Inquiry: Science as a Way of Knowing requirement.
Any substitutions must be consistent with the principle that students complete at least one course in each learning domain.
Liberal Studies Requirements
Honors program requirements can be found in the individual Colleges & Schools section of the University Catalog. Select the appropriate college or school, followed by Undergraduate Academics and scroll down.
|First Year Program||Hours|
|LSP 110 |
or LSP 111
|DISCOVER CHICAGO |
or EXPLORE CHICAGO
|LSP 112||FOCAL POINT SEMINAR||4|
|WRD 103||COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC I 1||4|
|WRD 104||COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC II 1||4|
|Quantitative Reasoning & Technological Literacy|
|LSP 120||QUANTITATIVE REASONING & TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY I 2||4|
|LSP 121||QUANTITATIVE REASONING AND TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY II 2||4|
|Multiculturalism in the US|
|LSP 200||SEMINAR ON MULTICULTURALISM IN THE UNITED STATES||4|
|CMN 396||CAPSTONE IN COMMUNICATION 1||4|
Students must earn a C- or better in this course.
Readiness for LSP 120 is determined by the math placement test taken online after admission. Students may need to take developmental coursework prior to LSP 120. The LSP 120 requirement may be waived by credit already earned for advanced math coursework or by passing a dedicated proficiency exam. Students who complete both LSP 120 and LSP 121 take one less Learning Domain course. Students may not apply the course reduction to any Domain where only one course is required, and if taken within the SI Domain, the reduction cannot be applied to the SI Lab or SWK requirement.
- 2 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 3 Courses Required
[1 SWK Course, 1 Lab Course, and 1 Additional Course]
- 2 Courses Required
Courses offered in the student's primary major cannot be taken to fulfill LSP Domain requirements. If students double major, LSP Domain courses may double count for both LSP credit and the second major. Students who choose to take an experiential learning course offered by the major may count it either as a general elective or the Experiential Learning requirement.
In meeting learning domain requirements, no more than one course that is outside the student’s major and is cross-listed with a course within the student’s major, can be applied to count for LSP domain credit. This policy does not apply to those who are pursuing a double major or earning BFA or BM degrees.
All Organizational Communication majors must complete the four core courses required of all College of Communication students. In addition, they must take two required courses and choose six classes from among the Organizational Communication course offerings. Organizational Communication majors must also take any two electives within the College of Communication. All Organizational Communication majors must complete a total of 14 classes, or 56 credit hours.
|ORGC 251||ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION||4|
|ORGC 201||BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION||4|
|Select six of the following:||24|
|ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD WORKSHOP (2.0 quarter hours)|
|MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR COMMUNICATION INTERNSHIP|
|COMMUNICATION INTERNSHIP SPECIAL TOPICS|
|RESEARCH PRACTICUM 1|
|INDEPENDENT STUDY 1|
|RELATIONAL, GROUP, AND ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY|
|GENDER AND COMMUNICATION|
|QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES|
|SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION|
|ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP (VARIABLE TOPICS) (2.0 quarter hours)|
|COMMUNICATION AND GROUP DECISION-MAKING|
|COMMUNICATION AND THE CORPORATE CULTURE|
|COMMUNICATION AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE|
|DARK SIDE OF ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION|
|TOPICS IN GROUP AND ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION|
|DIVERSITY, LEADERSHIP, & TEAM BUILDING|
|HUMAN RESOURCES COMMUNICATION|
|ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION PRACTICUM (2.0 quarter hours)|
|Select two electives (8 credits) from any College of Communication offerings||8|
Students may take up to 4 hours of credit in this course toward graduation requirements.
Students in the major may take CMN 394 and/or CMN 395 (when work relates to the major). In order to take CMN 394 or CMN 395, students must have completed two of the four communication core classes (CMN 101, CMN 102, CMN 103, CMN 104), two courses in the chosen major and have fulfilled internship program eligibility requirements.
Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.