Mar 29, 2023  
2012-2013 Catalog 
2012-2013 Catalog ARCHIVED CATALOG: Content may no longer be accurate.

Organizational Communication Concentration, Communication (BS)

Communication Major

  • Program Prerequisite: Not required.
  • Minor: There is no minor required for students majoring in Communication, although a minor is an option for students who choose to concentrate in Journalism or Public Relations & Advertising. A student may not receive both a major and a minor from the Department of Communication.
  • Grade Requirements: A grade of “C” or better in courses required for this major (a grade of “C-” is not acceptable), in addition to an overall GPA of 2.00 or higher for all courses.
  • Credit Hour Requirements: A total of 120 credit hours is required for graduation. A total of 40 upper division credit hours is required (courses numbered 3000 and above). Between 27 and 35 of these are required within the major, depending on the selected concentration.

To enroll in upper division Communication courses, a student must be admitted as a major or hold upper division standing in the university.

Students must successfully complete at least 50 percent of their Communication course work at Weber State University in order to receive a major or a minor in Communication


Students are encouraged to meet with the appropriate department advisor depending on their selected interdisciplinary concentration. Refer to the Communication Department Web page for a current list of department advisors –

Admission Requirements

Declare your program of study at the Communication department office, Elizabeth Hall 330. No special admission or application requirements are needed for this program.

General Education

Refer to Degree and General Education Requirements  for either Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science requirements. See specific requirements for the BA and BS under the major course requirements. The following courses, required for the Communication major, will also satisfy general education requirements: COMM 1020 , COMM 2010 , and COMM 2110 .

Interdisciplinary Concentration

select one of the following:

  • Civic Advocacy
  • Electronic Media
  • Interpersonal & Family Communication
  • Journalism
  • Organizational Communication
  • Public Relations & Advertising

Major Course Requirements for BS or BA Degree

Students must successfully complete a series of foundation, core, depth and breadth courses.

Foundation Courses – Communication courses required for admission to the major.

Core Courses – Communication courses required of all Communication majors regardless of their chosen concentrations.

Depth Courses – required and elective Communication courses that are specified and vary based on the interdisciplinary concentration and area of specialization selected.

Breadth Courses – required and elective courses from non-Communication departments within the University that are specified and vary based on the interdisciplinary concentration and area of specialization selected.

Organizational Communication Interdisciplinary Concentration (44-46 credit hours)

An Organizational Communication concentration provides students with a foundation employers seek—effective professional communicators in the workplace, with particular knowledge and skills needed for: 

Technical Writing:
Synthesize technical information into messages easily understood by a given audience.  Technical writers produce organizational policy and training manuals, employee newsletters, brochures, grant applications, and annual reports.   

Training & Development:
Conduct training needs assessments for diverse groups; design workshops; write training manuals; evaluate classroom technology and equipment needs; and evaluate training.

Depth Courses (18-21 credit hours)

Required depth courses for all Organizational Communication students (9 credit hours):

Additional required depth courses for Technical Writing specialization only (12 credit hours):

Additional required depth courses for Training & Development specialization only (9 credit hours):

Breadth Courses (23-25 credit hours)

Required breadth course for all Organizational Communication students (3 credit hours):

One of the following:

One of the following “technical language” courses, with approval of the major advisor, is required based on the kind of technical writing career anticipated.

Additional required breadth courses for Training & Development specialization only (15 credit hours):

Elective Breadth course(s) for all Organizational Communication students (3-9 credit hours):

In consultation with their Communication Department advisors, students with a Technical Writing specialization will select 1 additional course (3 credit hours) from a department other than Communication to enhance their knowledge base as an organizational technical writer. Students with a Training & Development specialization will select 3 courses (9 credit hours) from departments other than Communication to provide them with an appropriate knowledge base related to Organizational Communication–Training & Development.