Organizational and Leadership Communication

Today’s citizen leader requires skill sets in critical reasoning, research, persuasion, and oral and written expression. The organizational and leadership communication major develops these skills in tandem with the knowledge and experience necessary to participate effectively in organizational, group, sociopolitical, interpersonal and intercultural contexts.

Graduate paths for this major include nonprofit work, law, politics, graduate work, education, health, activism, religion and sales. All courses in the organizational and leadership communication curriculum are designed to integrate with and enhance Drury’s liberal arts education and CORE requirements.

The organizational and leadership communication major must complete 42 hours of coursework.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.

Please note that COMM 211 Presentational Speaking is a prerequisite for COMM 351 Principles of Persuasion and Influence. Students should complete COMM 211 early in their degree program.

Core Courses (18 hrs)
COMM 211: Presentational Speaking
COMM 215: Foundations of Communication
COMM 216: Multimedia Storytelling
COMM 285: Communication and Ethics
COMM 351: Principles of Persuasion and Influence
COMM 493: Senior Seminar

Major Requirements (18 hrs)
COMM 332: Intercultural Communication
COMM 387: Organizational Communication
COMM 386: Web Communication OR
COMM 380: Data Visualization
COMM 355: Organizational Rhetoric
COMM 444: Leadership Communication
COMM 435: Organizational Crisis and Change

Electives (6 hrs)
MGMT 301: Leadership & Organizations
COMM 221: Multimedia Writing
COMM 226: Multimedia Production I
COMM 231: Integrated Brand Management
COMM 322: Media Law
BSCI 275: Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
BSCI 275-L: Statistics for Behavioral Sciences Lab
COMM 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship

Senior Portfolio Requirement

All communication majors, and those planning to declare a major, must keep a file of important assignments completed in communication courses and in the general education program. Items to be placed in the file include any written assignments graded or evaluated by the instructor, written projects, speeches, internship projects and audio/video materials. The contents of the file will be used to develop a senior portfolio, a course requirement in COMM 493 senior seminar. The senior portfolio is a reflective document that provides evidence of a student’s learning achievements and it may be used to facilitate career planning, job search activities and/or admittance to graduate study.