Organizational Sciences and Communication

The communication and organizational sciences majors are offered by the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication. Students are accepted as communication majors through a selective application process. Applications are not accepted from students with more than 75 credit hours. A student may apply no more than twice to the major. Expectations for admission include a GPA of 3.0 and completion of, or current enrollment in, one of three courses: COMM 1025 Introduction to Communication Studies, COMM 1040 Public Communication, or COMM 1041 Interpersonal Communication. Achievement of the expected GPA does not guarantee admission to the major because the acceptance process is selective. Application forms and the Student Handbook for Communication Majors, which provides additional information about the major, including the application process, are available in the department office.

The Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication offers interdisciplinary programs leading to the degree of Master of Arts in the field of organizational sciences with concentrations in human resources management and organizational management. The programs have been designed for public, private, and nonprofit sector professionals who wish to increase their managerial competence, enhance their leadership ability, and improve their career potential. The curricula provide knowledge and skills in the social and behavioral sciences.

Master's programs

Doctoral program

The Doctor of Philosophy in the field of psychology with a concentration in industrial/ organizational psychology is offered through the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication on a full-time basis only.

A graduate certificate in organizational management is offered. 

Professors C. Warren (Chair), L. Offermann

Associate Professors D.P. Costanza, M. Liu

Assistant Professors J.C. Miller, N. Olsen, G. Debebe, T. Behrend, J. Mote, K. Pariera

Adjunct Professor V. Grady, C. Wood, K. Froemling, T. Suiter

Professorial Lecturers Q. Ahmed, M.A. DiMola, E. van Iersel, R. Tovares, J. MacDoniels

Adjunct Instructor C.M. Clapp

Lecturers A. Weiner, D. Coultice-Christian, P. Hanke, S. Ewing, S. Tomasovic, D. Tighe, J. Hodges, S. Ray, F. Mindel, P. Schechter, P. Scott

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.