Organizational Sciences and Communication

The Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication provides a multidisciplinary home for faculty and undergraduate, master's, and doctoral students interested in the study, interpretation, and improvement of organizational and communication phenomena. The department seeks to increase understanding of communication and organizations at the individual, interpersonal, group, organizational, societal, and global levels, by incorporating a variety of epistemological and methodological approaches. The department comprises three programs:


The Communication program explores how people constitute and share meaning in an abstract world. Current curricular offerings probe communication events as media-bound occurrences, studying the verbal and nonverbal, oral or written, live or mass media nature of communication phenomena. A major in communication, two minors (communication and organizational communication), and a master's degree in communication management are offered.

Organizational Sciences

Centered within a social systems framework, Organizational Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate programs that focus on the for-profit, nonprofit, government, military, service, and other sectors. The premise of the program's offerings is that success comes with a deep understanding of the theory and practice underlying individual and organizational effectiveness. Major, minor, and master's degree in organizational sciences are offered.

I/O Psychology (industrial and organizational psychology)

I/O Psychology offers a doctoral program in areas such as personnel selection, training and development, work motivation, leadership, and work teams. The program of study is designed in accordance with guidelines established by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

In addition, the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication, through the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, offers an interdisciplinary program leading to the degree of master of arts in leadership education and development (LEAD) to a cohort of designated officers from the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA). The Department awards the degree in partnership with the Department of Human and Organizational Learning in GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development, and with the Division of Leadership at USNA.

Professors L. Offermann (Chair), C. Warren 

Associate Professors T. Behrend, D.P. Costanza, G. Debebe, M. Liu

Assistant Professors  J.C. Miller, J. Mote, N. Olsen, K. Pariera

Adjunct Professor K. Froemling, J. Procopio, T. Suiter, C. Wood

Professorial Lecturers Q. Ahmed, M.A. DiMola, D. Getter, T. Hayes, E. Hoffman, L. Karimova, J. MacDoniels, D. Minionis, E. van Iersel

Adjunct Instructor C.M. Clapp

Lecturers S. Bergman, D. Coultice-Christian, S. Ewing,  P. Hanke, C. Kennedy, M. Lally,  G. Nair, B. Piatt, P. Schechter, P. Scott, D. Tighe,​ S. Tomasovic, A. Weiner

Explanation of Course Numbers

  • Courses in the 1000s are primarily introductory undergraduate courses
  • Those in the 2000–4000s are upper-division undergraduate courses that can also be taken for graduate credit with permission and additional work
  • Those in the 6000s and 8000s are for master’s, doctoral, and professional-level students
  • The 6000s are open to advanced undergraduate students with approval of the instructor and the dean or advising office

Within the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication, any course counted toward the major may not also be counted toward the minor. Students taking more than one minor in the department may not double-count electives.