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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Liberal Arts

Organizational and Professional Communication

University Park, College of The Liberal Arts offered via the World Campus (ORPCM_BA)

Lecturer in Communication Arts and Sciences, Amber Jackson, in charge

A Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Professional Communication provides increased understanding and practice in how people communicate to influence others and shape the world around them. Modern society requires effective communication in professional, personal, social, and multicultural settings. The flexibility of the program offers preparation for a variety of careers, such as law, business, communication, health, administration, social services, and human relations. The bachelor of arts program will facilitate students' learning of effective oral and written communication, specifically helping students to understand and generate professional texts in a variety of genres. Upon completion of the Organizational and Professional Communication program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the significance of communication in everyday experience and as a distinctive intellectual paradigm;
  • Apply, critique, and extend communication concepts, principles, theories, and perspectives to a variety of organizational contexts;
  • Plan communication inquiry, including humanistic or social scientific approaches;
  • Apply qualitative research methods to organizational and professional contexts;
  • Demonstrate logical, critical, creative, and ethical thinking about communication for decision-making and problem-solving;
  • Generate and perform messages appropriate to their audience, purpose, and context;
  • Locate, synthesize, and assimilate new information from a variety of sources and use it to inform communication analysis and practice within organizations;
  • Engage diverse communities, both local and global, and function as a member of a deliberative society;
  • Write professional texts in a variety of genres using appropriate conventions;
  • Reflect on professional experience and situate that experience within college-level learning.

For the B.A. degree in Organizational and Professional Communication, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(0-9 of these 45 credits are included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

ELECTIVES: 6-18 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 45 credits [1]
(This includes 0-9 credits of General Education courses: 0-3 credits of GH; 0-6 credits of GS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (21 credits)
CAS 201 GH(3), CAS 202 GS(3), CAS 204(3), CAS 390 GS(3), CAS 426 WAC(3), LA 201 WAC(3) (Sem: 1-5)
CAS 496(3) (Sem: 8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
Select 3 credits in speaking and argumentation from: CAS 212(3); CAS 215(3); CAS 340(3); CAS 252(3) or CAS 340(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits in interpersonal communication or conflict management from: CAS 203 GS(3); CAS 271 US;IL(3); CAS 302(3) or CAS 352(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits in written communication from: ENGL 418(3); ENGL 419(3); ENGL 420(3) or ENGL 480(3) (Sem: 6-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS: (15 credits)
Select 15 credits from the following courses; at least 9 credits must be at the 400-level. [2]
CAS 203 GS(3); CAS 212(3); CAS 215(3); CAS 252(3); CAS 271 US;IL(3); CAS 302(3); CAS 340(3); CAS 352(3); CAS 404(3); CAS 452(3); CAS 455(3); CAS 475(3); COMM 428S(3); ENGL 418(3); ENGL 419(3); ENGL 420(3); ENGL 480(3); LER/OLEAD 464(3); LER/OLEAD 465(3); or OLEAD 410(3) (Sem: 6-8)

 

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

[2]A student may not use a course as both an ADDITIONAL course and as a SUPPORTING course.

[3] A student may only apply up to 6 credits of CAS 496 in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR.

 

Blue Sheet Item #: 45-06-039

Review Date: 4/4/17

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