Organizational Communication

The interdisciplinary major in

Organizational Communication

Suggested Pattern of Study

The following is a suggested pattern of study for students in this major. Total required hours: 120. Students in this major must complete General Education requirements. Students in this major must also receive a grade of C (2.0) or better in all courses in the major for the course to count as a prerequisite or to count toward graduation.

  41 hours General Studies
+33 hours in the interdisciplinary Major
+18 hours Cognate 
+28 hours Electives (can include a minor)
Total: 120 hours

(courses in the major are in bold

  • Freshman year (31 hours)
    ENGL 1010 and 1020, 6 hours
    COMM 2200 Fundamentals of Communication, 3 hours
    COMM 2300 Interpersonal Communication, 3 hours
    Humanities and/or Fine Arts, 6 hours
    Mathematics, 3 hours
    Natural Sciences, 4 hours
    Electives, 6 hours

  • Sophomore year (31 hours)
    Humanities and/or Fine Arts (ENGL 2020 or 2030 or HUM 2610), 3 hours
    ORCO 3240 Introduction to Organizational Communication, 3 hours
    Social/Behavioral Sciences, 6 hours
    HIST 2010, 2020, 2030 (choose 2), 6 hours
    Natural Sciences, 4 hours
    Cognate, 3 hours
    Electives, 6 hours

  • Junior year (30 hours)
    COMM 3220 Small Group Communication
           or PSY 4380 Group Dynamics, 3 hours
    ORCO 3250 Organizational Communication in Communities
           or ORCO 4200 Multinational Organizations, 3 hours 
    ORCO 3650 Conflict and Organizations, 3 hours
    ORCO 3500 Strategic Communication in Organizations
            or ORCO 3245 Women, Leadership, and Communication, 3 hours
    COMM 3300 Communication Theory, Culture, and Films
            or LEAD 3010 Leadership Theories and Practices, 3 hours 
    Cognate, 6 hours
    Electives, 9 hours

  • Senior year (28 hours)    
    ORCO 4220 Internship or ORCO 4210 Applied Organizational Projects, 3 hours
    ORCO 3750 Organizational Communication Analysis, 3 hours 
    COMM 3340 Interview Communication, 3 hours
    ORCO 4500 Senior Capstone in Organizational Communication, 3 hours
    Cognate, 9 hours
    Electives, 7 hours

  • Cognate, 18 hours (included in the hours above)

    Organizations: 6 hours (choose two) 
    ATHC 4800 Administration of High School/College Athletics
    ATHT 4820 Organization and Administration of Athletic Training
    BCEN 2900 Entrepreneurship
    BCEN 3010 Office Management
    LSTS 3010 Introduction to Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies
    LSTS 3390 Tourism and Commercial Recreation
    LSTS 4110 Youth Sport Programming and Administration
    MGMT 3610 Principles of Management
    MGMT 3810 Human Resources Management
    MGMT 4000 Not-for-Profit Management (prerequisite: MGMT 3610)
    MKT 3820 Principles of Marketing
    PR 3040 (PR 2040) Public Relations Principles
    PSY 3320 Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    PSY 4360 Organizational Psychology (prerequisite: PSY 1410)
    RIM 3600 Survey of the Recording Industry
    SOC 3950 Social Organizations and Institutions (prerequisite: SOC 1010 or 2010)
    SOC 4100 Sociology of Work
    SOC 4560 Organizational Structures and Processes
    THEA 3800 Introduction to Arts Management

    Diversity: 6 hours (choose two)
    ANTH 3750 Race, Class, and Gender (prerequisite: SOC 1010 or ANTH 2010 or WGST 2100)
    ANTH 3752 Cultural Images of Gender (prerequisite: SOC 1010 or ANTH 2010 or WGST 2100)
    BCEN 4680 Diversity in the Workplace
    CJA 3700 (WGST 3700) Women, Crime, and Justice Administration
    CJA 4220 Community Relations and Minority Problems
    GS 3200 Special Problems and Topics in Global Studies (prerequisite: GS 2010)
    HLTH 4390 Women's Health
    LSTS 4470 Leisure and Aging
    PS 3170 Civil Rights Policy and Politics
    PS 3550 Democratic Participation and Civic Advocacy
    PSY 3250 (AAS 3250) Perspectives on Black Psychology
    PSY 4610 Adult Psychology and Aging
    PSY 4620 Psychology of Women
    PSY 4720 Multicultural Perspectives in Psychology and Education
    SOC 3400 Gender and Society (prerequisite: SOC 1010 or WGST 2100)|
    SOC 4011 Social Inequity
    SOC 4240 (AAS 4240) Race and Ethnic Relations
    SOC 4511 Social Movements and Social Change
    SOC 4550 Sociology of Religion
    WGST 2500 Women and Leadership

    Communication: 6 hours (choose two)
    ATHC 4060 (PSY 4060) Sport Psychology
    BCEN 3510 Business Communication
    BCEN 4410 Managerial Media Presentations
    BCEN 4510 Business Report Writing
    BLAW 3400 Legal Environment of Business
    COMM 4800 Special Topics in Communication or ORCO 4000 Topics in Organizational Communication
    HLTH 3250 (PHED 3250) Workshops and Instructional Methods in Health Education
    HLTH 4400 Drugs & Violence in Health Education
    JOUR 2710 Media Writing
    LEAD 4500 Topics in Leadership Studies
    MGMT 3890 Managerial Decision Making (prerequisite: MGMT 3610)
    MGMT 3940 Business Ethics
    MKT 3850 Promotion (prerequisite: MKT 3820)
    PSY 4330 Industrial/Organizational Training and Development
    PSY 4370 Motivation and Work Attitudes
    PSY 4390 Persuasion (prerequisite: PSY 1410)
    SOC 4150 Topics in Sociology
    SOC 4500 Social Interaction and Identities
    SOC 4790 (LSTS 4790) Sport and Society
    THEA 4850 Development for Arts Organizations (prerequisite: THEA 3800)
    UNIV 4010 MTSU Institute of Leadership Excellence
    WGST 3000 Women's Leadership Conference Practicum A (prerequisite: WGST 2100 and permission of instructor)

Note: Students may take no more than 10 courses (30 hours) commonly found in a school of business.

  • Although a minor is not required, students may choose to complete one as part of the 28 hours in electives. Courses which count in the minor may not be used for credit in the Cognate or in the major.

  • Electives should help with or add to:
    (a) life skills, such as courses in personal financial planning, leisure in your life, first aid and safety, voice and diction, parenting, religious perspectives
    (b) expertise in the major, such as courses in management, entrepreneurship, public relations, ethics, use of computer software

  • Internship lists are updated weekly at the MTSU Career and Employment Center, where you can also find information about jobs, resume writing, interviewing, and more.