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The employee communication emphasis equips students interested in both interpersonal and organizational communication for work that actively utilizes both skill sets.

Why should I study employee communication?

At its core, the success of an organization depends on the talent, creativity, and drive of the people who work there. The emphasis in employee communication teaches students how to approach organizational communication from this people-centric perspective.

You'll explore organizational structures, work processes, cultures, and effective communication practices while cultivating the skills to navigate social complexities within an organizational context. 

What can I do with this degree?

The B.A. in Organizational Communication prepares students to pursue further graduate study and opens doors to a myriad of career opportunities at companies like:
  • Target
  • The Minnesota Twins
  • 3M
  • Amazon

and nonprofit organizations including:

  • Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Specifically, the emphasis in employee communication is conducive for students interested in entering people-intensive fields such as: 

  • Human resources
  • Employee communication
  • Corporate recruiting
  • Project management
  • Career consulting
  • Public relations
  • Fundraising and development
  • Marketing communication
  • Management
  • Sales
  • Event management
  • Social media management

A minor in leadership studies pairs nicely with this degree.

What skills will I develop?

  • Effective communication in organizational setting
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Strategic thinking

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Benefit from a personalized education

Students from all emphases within the organizational communication major are required to complete core communication studies courses as well as a variety of courses that they will need to succeed in an organizational setting. The courses you take are tailored to your emphasis and other areas of interest. Employee communication courses offered include, but are not limited to Intercultural Communication; Topics in Relational Communication; and Staffing, Training, and Development.

Experience hands-on learning

All students majoring in communication studies complete an internship in communication tailored to your specific area of interest—providing real-world, applicable experience. 

Learn from experienced professors

Our professors have been recognized for their excellence as instructors and scholars and will partner with you as mentors and advisees as you prepare for your future career. Betsy Anderson, Ph.D., APR, has a professional background in public relations and is an active member of the Minnesota Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

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