Apr 21, 2018  
2013-2014 Catalog 
2013-2014 Catalog ARCHIVED CATALOG: Content may no longer be accurate.

Organizational Communication Concentration, Communication (BS)

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Communication Major

  • Program Prerequisite: Not required.
  • Minor: Students may complete a minor approved by their academic advisor OR one of the tracks associated with any of the six interdisciplinary emphasis areas: Civic Advocacy, Digital Media, Interpersonal & Family Communication, Multimedia Journalism, Organizational Communication, and 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 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 – weber.edu/communication.

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
  • Digital Media
  • Interpersonal & Family Communication
  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Organizational Communication
  • Public Relations & Advertising


Major Course Requirements for BS or BA Degree

Students, regardless of their concentration, must successfully complete required and elective Communication courses that are specified for each concentration.  Students must also complete required and/or elective courses from non-Communication departments. 

Organizational Communication Interdisciplinary Concentration (45 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:

Generalist: The Organizational Communication Generalist does not specialize.  The generalist has the communication skills and knowledge to lead groups and development organizational strategies necessary for management.  Rather than focusing on the career areas of technical writing or training and development, the generalist combines organizational communication with expertise in a secondary subject of interest.  Minors in disciplines such as Spanish, health administration, political science, psychology, or economics would be a valuable combination with an organizational communication generalist emphasis.

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 workshop, write training manuals, evaluate classroom technology and equipment needs, and evaluate training.

Required Courses outside the Department (18 credit hours)

Required for Training & Development specialization only (18 credit hours):

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