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Organizational Communications (M.A.)

Course Descriptions



ORGC 502 COMMUNICATION THEORY AND RESEARCH3 CreditsProvides an understanding of organizational communication theories. Includes description, application, and critique of theories. In addition, this course introduces the basic framework for communication research.

ORGC 504 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS3 CreditsProvides introduction to human communication in organizations. Special attention is given to concepts of motivation, leadership, job satisfaction, goal-setting, task design, operant conditioning, cross-cultural and small group communication.

ORGC 522 CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS3 CreditsPresents an overview of the fundamentals of telecommunications technology and applications in organizations, including human factors in organizations, acquisition and procurement, market competition, logistical planning, research and development, and relations with carriers and manufacturers.

ORGC 606 SEMINAR IN DOMESTIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY3 CreditsDevelopment of telecommunications technology industry and policy in the United States, and the interaction of private and public policy in research and development, market entry, competition, ownership and acquisition, deregulation, business decisions, and social impact.


This course explores the relationship between organizational leadership and implementation of effective change.  It explores the differences between management and leadership.  In addition, the course investigates several leadership theories, the process of innovation adoption, persuasion, ideas about change agentry, and the building of critical mass of adopters.

ORGC 608 TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT3 CreditsExplores the role of telecommunications in facilitating national development strategies and policies in developing countries. Major sectoral development targets will include: agriculture, health, population, democracy, human rights, education, and the environment.


This course allows students to choose an interest area in organizational/corporate communications to investigate during the semester.  These areas include healthcare, educational context, crisis management, sports management, entertainment, business, and media among others.  Students select an area of interest with the approval of the professor and then apply organizational and corporate communication principles through a research paper and presentation.

ORGC 627 MEDIATION AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION3 CreditsExamines the process of mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution, with particular reference to organizations. Reviews communicative acts that shape realities of mediators and disputants and influence outcomes. In addition, this course suggests ways to resolve conflicts effectively.

ORGC 630 CORPORATE ADVERTISING3 CreditsTheory and practice in the management of advertising in the organization. In-depth study of advertising management functions or analysis of objectives, planning, staffing, budgeting, campaign media, and publications in organizations.

ORGC 631 ORGANIZATIONS AND INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS3 CreditsThis course gives the student an advanced understanding of intercultural communications—verbal and nonverbal—in organizational spheres. It demonstrates the existence of competing values, beliefs, norms, and practices in organizations, particularly in a world where organizations are increasingly inhabited by diverse voices. The course also investigates the differences in cultural intersections that exist between localized and globalized organizations. The essence of this course is to provide the student with the opportunity to understand and adapt successfully to these cultural interactions and to ultimately prepare the student for the organizational reality of interacting with diverse groups.

ORGC 634 PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMUNICATION3 CreditsAnalysis of public relations function in organizations. In-depth study of specialized areas to include public relations analysis, objectives, planning, staffing, budgeting, campaign media, and publications in organizations.

ORGC 636 INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION3 CreditsExamination of theories of telecommunications. Investigation of various contemporary social, economic, political, cultural, and educational problems in international telecommunications. Explores telecommunications across national borders and the role of telecommunications in developing countries.

ORGC 735 ORGANIZATIONAL PUBLICATIONS3 CreditsThis course focuses on internal publications as well as other organizational writings, such as memos, reports, proposals, and letters. A major aspect of this course is a review of communications tenets guiding organizational publication design and writings. This course involves the use of desktop publishing software.

ORGC 738 APPLIED RESEARCH DESIGN3 CreditsPrerequisites: ORGC 502 & ORGC 504Course in research methodology which stresses the need for theory development or framework as basis for organizational communications research. Current literature will be reviewed to include methodology employed and issues of theory building. Students will be guided in developing their own research design and empirical study.

ORGC 810 PRACTICUM IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY3 CreditsPrerequisite: Advancement to CandidacyPractical study within a telecommunications environment. This is designed to provide the student with in-depth knowledge of daily activities associated with telecommunications management, policymaking, and implementation.

ORGC 815 THESIS3 CreditsPrerequisites: ORGC 502, ORGC 504, & ORGC 738Advisory: Comprehensive examination should have been passed by the student. An empirical research study. The research topic should be one that will further the student's educational development by developing research and other skills that will help the student keep abreast of the field and enable the student to pursue independent work.

ORGC 816 THESIS ADVISEMENT1 Credit***Taken only when student fails to complete ORGC 815. Thesis writing advisement is provided to students who fail to complete ORGC 540. This 1 credit hour course features research related advisement and an oral examination at completion.