Effective leaders are effective communicators. A major in organizational communication will prepare you to be an invaluable team member in a variety of settings.

Overview

Courses in this interdisciplinary major are designed to help you develop a strong understanding of organizational structures, business ethics and human motivation. You'll also foster skills in persuasive communication, business writing, spreadsheets, media production and managerial accounting. An internship in advertising, public relations, marketing or sales will give you practical experience as you plan for your career.

Careers in Organizational Communication

  • Film Critic
  • Director
  • Journalist
  • Office Manager
  • Publicist
  • Editor
  • More

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Student involvement

Join Calvin Video Network; Write for the Chimes or Dialogue; Try out for the Improv team; Help out with Prism, Calvin's year book; Join the Film Arts Committee.

Course Requirements 2013-14

Organizational Communication

A grade of at least a C in BUS 160 and in either CAS 141 or 190 is required to be accepted into this major. (34-35 semester hours)

  • One course from:
  • CAS-240 Group Communication
  • ENGL-262 Business Writing
  • BUS-160 Business Foundations
  • BUS-203 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • BUS-360 Management and Organizational Behavior
  • Two courses from:
    • CAS-285 Advertising and Public Relations
    • BUS-365 Human Resource Management
    • BUS-380 Marketing
    • BUS-382 Consumer Behavior Theory and Practice
  • One course from:
  • One course from:
    • CAS-211 Argumentation and Advocacy
    • CAS-305 Persuasion and Propaganda
  • One course from:
    • CAS-253 Intercultural Communication
    • CAS-260 Interpersonal Communication
    • CAS-270 Communication and Gender
    • SOC-250 Diversity and Inequality in the United States

Cognates (12 semester hours)

  • ECON-221 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON-222 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • MATH-143 Introductions to Probability and Statistics
  • IS-171 Computing with Spreadsheets
  • One course from:
    • IS-141 Computing with Databases
    • IS-151 Computing Presentation
    • IS-153 Computing with the Internet

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Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2013-14 academic year.

Michigan Industrial Tools Pathway to Business Possibilities Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; intending to go into for-profit business
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
William and Matilda Monsma Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to students from the South Chicago area
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Kenneth and Phyllis Timmer Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need considered; Michigan resident
  • automatic consideration
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Faculty

Randall Bytwerk

Randall Bytwerk
Professor, co-chair
Department co-chair (budget & personnel)
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 250-A
bytw@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6286

Brian Cawley

Brian Cawley
Associate Professor
Department of Business
NH190
bc27@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7849

David Cook

David Cook
Professor
Department of Business
NH 183
dcook@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7025

Phil de Haan

Phil de Haan
Adjunct Faculty
Sr. Public Relations Specialist
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 260-O
dehp@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7806

Mark Fackler

Mark Fackler
Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 250E
mfackler@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6274

Brian Fuller

Brian Fuller
Associate Professor
On Leave
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences

Kathi Groenendyk

Kathi Groenendyk
Professor, co-chair
dept co-chair (curriculum & assessment)
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 267
kgroenen@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6317

Nancy Hull

Nancy Hull
Assistant Professor
Department of English
CFAC 286
nhull@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6728

Cal Jen

Cal Jen
Associate Professor
Department of Business
NH 171
ccj2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7626

Garth Pauley

Garth Pauley
Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 269
gpauley@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6294

Peter Snyder

Peter Snyder
Assistant Professor
Department of Business
North Hall 172
pjs23@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7164

Marilyn Stansbury

Marilyn Stansbury
Assistant Professor
Department of Business
NH 189
msc5@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7795

Jason Stansbury

Jason Stansbury
Assistant Professor
Department of Business
NH 170
jms58@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7714

Talk to us

Randall Bytwerk Randall Bytwerk
Department Co-Chair
Department co-chair (budget & personnel)
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 250-A
bytw@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6286

Kathi Groenendyk Kathi Groenendyk
Department Co-Chair
dept co-chair (curriculum & assessment)
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 267
kgroenen@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6317

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