Organizational communication

Organizational Communication

Quality communication in today's business world.

Communication is essential in every organization, whether it’s in small groups, conducting training seminars, making product presentations or working one-on-one with clients and colleagues. That’s why Marian’s organizational communication program prepares you for success in a variety of careers.

Program Information

The Communication program aligns with the curriculum recommendations of National Communication Association.
Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission .


The purpose of the Communication Program is to help students become well-rounded, critically minded, technologically experienced and globally aware communicators who use their communication skills for creative, productive and socially responsible purposes.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Advanced skill development in written, spoken and interpersonal communication
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of communication, emphasizing ethical issues within the field.
  • Integrated understanding of the intercultural factors leading to strong global perspectives and intercultural development.

The Program
The organizational communication program will prepare you to create, support, and restore communication structures, networks, and the flow of communication in organizations. The program provides a solid foundation in effective communication skills, combined with communication theories and principles. You’ll develop the necessary skills to advance your career through oral, written and interpersonal communication. You’ll also engage in an integrated study of intercultural, ethical and practical communication issues that professionals encounter on the job every day.

Liberal arts core
45 credits:
ENG 230 Professional Composition and Research Writing, 3 cr.
MUS Music elective, 3 cr.
ENG Literature elective, 3 cr.
ART Art elective, 3 cr. (ART 201 preferred)
BIO Ecological or environmental science elective, 3 cr.
PHS Physical science, chemistry, meteorology, or physics elective, 3 cr.
MAT Mathematics elective, 3 cr.
SOC Sociology elective, 3 cr.
PSY Psychology elective, 3 cr.
HIS 114 World History Since 1900, 3 cr.
HIS 2xx History elective, 3 cr.
THE 101 Introduction to Christian Theology, 3 cr.
THE 2xx Theology elective, 3 cr.
PHI 130 Philosophy and Values, 3 cr.
PHI 2xx Philosophy elective, 3 cr.

Communication courses
18 credits:
COM 100 Introduction to Communication, 3 cr.
COM 202 Writing for Media, 3 cr.
COM 232 Public Speaking, 3 cr.
COM 302 Intercultural Communication, 3 cr.
COM 401 Legal Issues in Communication, 3 cr.
COM 406 Organizational Communication Senior Project, 3 cr.

Organizational communication courses
18 credits:
COM 321 Organizational Behavior and Communication, 3 cr.
COM 322 Argumentation and Persuasion, 3 cr.
COM 324 Interpersonal Communication, 3 cr.
COM 334 Discussion and Small Group Interaction, 3 cr.
COM 400 Theories in Communication, 3 cr.
COM 420 Professional Presentations, 3 cr.
COM 431 Training and Assessment in Communication, 3 cr.

6 credits from the following (3 credits must be communication):
COM 3xx Communication elective, 3 cr.
COM 4xx Communication elective, 3 cr.
MGT 213 Principles of Management, 3 cr.
MGT 311 Human Resource Management, 3 cr.
MKT 201 Principles of Marketing, 3 cr.

41 credits:
University electives

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

As part of the communication program, you will not only gain a valuable foundation of knowledge, but also engage in internship experiences in various specialized areas of employment. Through on-the-job training and networking opportunities, you will be prepared for actual work situations and responsibilities that puts you one step ahead of the competition.

Learn more about how a degree communication can help you achieve your future career goals. Contact us today!

For more information, please contact:

Office of Admission

Dr. Mary Klein, Professor and Chair
Communication Department

As a student pursuing your bachelor's degree in the organizational communication program, you’ll find the relevancy and quality that comes from a faculty comprised of leading experts. We offer you convenient learning centers in Appleton, Fond du Lac and West Allis, as well as convenient evening courses from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday. You can start your program in the fall, spring or summer; and you'll be able to proceed through the program at your own pace by taking one or more courses per 7-week term.

The communication program prepares you for professional careers in a variety of areas, including event coordinating, journalism, management, marketing, public relations and writing. Through quality internship experiences, your hands-on experience will enhance your résumé and establish relationships with numerous organizations, which often lead to professional employment opportunities.

The Communication program has met or exceeded all of its benchmarks for student learning at each stage of the program for the 2014-15 academic year. In addition to ongoing assessment efforts in key courses related to each of the student learning outcomes, capstone data confirms this high degree of program effectiveness.

Communication, as a program, contributes to the following institutional learning outcomes:

Knowledge acquisition:

  • 98.5% of students (N=133) assessed in COM courses in AY 2014-15 meet or exceed expectations

Critical thinking:

  • 100% of students (N=96) assessed in COM courses in AY 2014-15 meet or exceed expectations

Effective Communication:

  • 93.4% of students (N=61) assessed in COM courses in AY 2014-15 meet or exceed expectations

Global Perspectives

  • 95.2% of students (N=165) assessed in COM courses in AY 2014-15 meet or exceed expectations

Socially Responsible Action:

  • 97.0% of students (N=100) assessed in COM courses in AY 2014-15 meet or exceed expectations

In addition to maintaining a high degree of excellence within the program, the Communication department supports learning across the university by contributing to successful effective communication outcomes in other academic programs. Therefore, the Communications Program supports learning across the university as well as in the major.

Communication program video

Hear what students and faculty have to say about the opportunities awaiting you in our organizational communication program!

Mary C. Klein, Ed.D.
Professor and Chair
Communication department

Cooper Wakefield, PhD
Assistant Professor
Communication department

Vicky Hildebrandt, MS
Assistant Professor
Communication department

Barbara Ramstack, MA
Adjunct Faculty and Internship Coordinator
Communication department

Janet Postier, PhD
Adjunct Faculty
Communication department

Tracy Qualmann, MS, MA
Adjunct Faculty
Communication department

Mary Hatlen, MS
Adjunct Faculty
Communication department


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