Organizational and Professional Communication, B.S.

Program Code: ORPCM_BS

Direct Admission to the Major

Incoming first-year students who meet the program admission requirements are admitted directly into the major. Admission restrictions may apply for change-of-major and/or change-of-campus students.

For more information about the admission process for this major, please send a request to the college, campus, or program contact (listed in the Contact tab).

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational and Professional Communication, a minimum of 120 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 27
Requirements for the Major 57

9 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 3 credits of GH; 6 credits of GS courses.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the major. To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn at least a C grade in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

 
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CAS 204Communication Research Methods3
CAS 301Rhetorical Theory Keystone/General Education Course3
CAS 303Communication Theory Keystone/General Education Course3
CAS 390Qualitative Research Methods Keystone/General Education Course3
CAS 426WCommunication Ethics3
CAS 496Independent Studies 23
LA 201WExperiential Learning Portfolio3
SOC 207Research Methods in Sociology3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select two courses in speaking and argumentation from:6
Professional Public Speaking
Argumentation Keystone/General Education Course
Business and Professional Communication Keystone/General Education Course
Communication and Civility
Select two courses in interpersonal communication or conflict management from:6
Interpersonal Communication Keystone/General Education Course
Intercultural Communication Keystone/General Education Course
Social Influence
Organizational Communication Keystone/General Education Course
Select two courses in leadership/group communication from:6
Communication Skills for Leaders in Groups and Organizations
Collective Decision Making
Leadership in a Global Context
Work Attitudes and Motivation
Leadership in Work Settings
Social Influence and Small Groups
Gender, Occupations, and Professions
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 15 credits from the following courses; 6-9 must be at the 400-level. 115
Interpersonal Communication Keystone/General Education Course
Professional Public Speaking
Argumentation Keystone/General Education Course
Business and Professional Communication Keystone/General Education Course
Intercultural Communication Keystone/General Education Course
Social Influence
Communication and Civility
Organizational Communication Keystone/General Education Course
Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Keystone/General Education Course
Organizational Communication Theory and Research Keystone/General Education Course
Gender Roles in Communication
Studies in Public Address
Principles of Strategic Communications
Advanced Technical Writing and Editing
Advanced Business Writing
Writing for the Web
Communication Skills for Leaders in Groups and Organizations
Collective Decision Making
Leadership and Motivation
Leadership in a Global Context
Work Attitudes and Motivation
Leadership in Work Settings
Social Influence and Small Groups
Gender, Occupations, and Professions

Learning Outcomes

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 quantitative and 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;
  • Facilitate groups communication and functions in and out of organizations;
  • Apply principles of leadership to interpersonal and group situations;
  • Demonstrate critical and ethical understanding of conflict in interpersonal, group, and organizational settings;
  • Reflect on professional experience and situate that experience within college-level learning.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park and World Campus

Undergraduate Academic Advising
301 Outreach Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-3283
advising@outreach.psu.edu

Career Paths

Careers

The flexibility of the Bachelor of Science in Organizational and Professional Communication program offers preparation for a variety of careers, including law, business, communication, health, administration, social services, and human relations.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

The flexibility of the Bachelor of Science in Organizational and Professional Communication program offers preparation for graduate studies in a variety of fields, including law, business, communication, health, administration, social services, and human relations.

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION ARTS AND SCIENCES
234 Sparks Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-3461
amw306@psu.edu

http://cas.la.psu.edu/people/amw306

World Campus

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION ARTS & SCIENCES
234 Sparks Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-3461
amw306@psu.edu

https://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/penn-state-online-organizational-and-professional-communication-bachelor-of-science-degree/overview