Trevecca’s Bachelor of Science in organizational communication is a versatile and highly applicable degree that equips you to use strong communication skills to evaluate issues within any organization and apply effective solutions. Through relevant and engaging coursework, you will strengthen your relational communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Learn from faculty who possess high degrees in their fields, who have relevant and valuable real-world experience and who make an effort to know you personally.
- Graduate with a versatile and applicable knowledge base.
- Enjoy our small class sizes and supportive campus community.
- Take advantage of incredible internships and job opportunities available in the exciting Nashville market.
What to Expect
Large organizations, small businesses, churches, government organizations, not-for-profit agencies and educational institutions all need strong organizational communication to function effectively and efficiently. As a student in Trevecca’s organizational communication program, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills you need to be a servant leader in any organizational setting.
Your coursework will enable you to understand the modern-day issues facing organizations and their members and to establish strong communication strategies to address them. On top of gaining a strong foundation of communication theory, you’ll strengthen your relational communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
Our highly accessible faculty members will create strong mentoring relationships with you and will give you individualized attention as you pursue your unique goals and career path. They will help you seek out and choose from the exciting internship opportunities available in the Nashville market whether it be in entertainment, healthcare, manufacturing, finance, social services or another field.
Why Choose Trevecca?
Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca helps students discover and pursue an individual calling by providing innovative instruction; cultivating a supportive, Christ-centered community; and establishing relationships that open doors.
Recognized nationally and locally for academic quality, Trevecca has earned a reputation for providing the world with servant leaders, problem solvers and difference makers. Trevecca’s holistic approach to education encompasses intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual growth.
As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith intersects with your field of study. This means you can gain your organizational communication degree in a supportive, Christian community with small classroom sizes and engaged faculty members who care about you, your faith and your goals.
Your organizational communication degree from Trevecca prepares you to enter any number of graduate programs or to enter a wide variety of careers in nearly any industry or field. More specifically, your degree positions you for roles such as:
- Human resources director
- Public relations director
- Director of community engagement and fundraising
- Events coordinator
- Corporate trainer
- Account manager
- Customer service director
Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.*
Principles of Intercultural Communication
A study of how culture affects communication behavior and intercultural relationships. This course provides a broad theoretical and contextual base that emphasizes intercultural communication competency as it relates to Western and non-Western cultures.
Business Information Technology
Seeks to prepare students to use technologies that they will encounter as they pursue their calling in the world. Regardless of discipline students will need to work with databases, web technologies, publishing technologies, financial tools, online resources for Christian ministry, and perform research using computing technologies. Students will have an opportunity to explore and use these technologies in a project-based context.
Theories of Communication
Surveys the major theories of human communication. The study will focus on the origins, usefulness, and limitations of each theory for understanding communication events. This course will help prepare students to analyze and interpret human communication in all its forms (intrapersonal communication, interpersonal communication, small group transactions, organizational communication, public speaking, drama, and mass communication).
Advanced Public Speaking
Gives students practical experience in the preparation and presentation of the speeches that are usually required in business and the professions. Areas of instruction include speech making, oral reading of reports, and speech for radio and television.
Career Internship in Communication Studies
Intensive study, observation, and participation in various field projects designed and contracted between the student and instructor. Internships will be arranged in conjunction with the student's major. Maximum of 6 hours. Graded S/U.
Research Methods in Communication Studies
Introduces students to the most commonly used qualitative and quantitative methods of research associated with the discipline of communication.
Senior Project in Communication Studies
All majors in the Department of Communication Studies are required to present a senior project as a public performance. The project should relate to the student's specialized interest in the field, demonstrate his or her acquired skills, and be academically and vocationally beneficial as a culminative experience. The project must be approved by the faculty advisor at least one semester in advance. The number of credits is contingent upon the number of hours given to the project [40+ hours for one (1) credit; 80+ for two (2) credits.] Graded S/U.
Foundations of Media Writing
Will teach mass communication students, regardless of their concentration, basic media writing skills. Emphasis is placed on a journalistic style of writing using AP style that is required by all media industries including radio, television, newspaper, internet, and public relations.
Principles of Public Relations
Surveys the development, scope, and role of public relations in society and provides training in basic public relations skills. Includes practical experience with news releases, PR campaigns, communication schedules, and media strategies.
Human Relations in Organizations
Examines concepts and literature useful in analyzing interpersonal behavior in an organizational setting. Includes reading, simulations, case studies, and field observation of situations involving problems of morale, productivity, leadership, authority, communication and the introduction of change.
Examines organizations and organizational communication within broader social, cultural, economic, and political contexts. Strategies of organizing and communicating are analyzed from the perspective that organizations are embedded in a society's beliefs, values, structures, practices, and tensions.
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Examines the role of communication and human relations in the initiation of attitude change and development within individuals, groups, community organizations, and other cultures. Consideration will be given to persuasive theory, diffusion of innovations, conflict resolution, and the development of working relationships between and within community groups.
Leadership in the Christian Organization
COM 4560/CED 4560
A course designed to enable students to integrate leadership theory and Biblical principles into a workable philosophy of leadership. Because secular leadership theory is not always applicable in Christian organizations, careful attention is given to worldview, motivation, leadership style, team building, power, decision making, organizational culture, and conflict resolution.
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Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
Designed to teach the student concepts and skills needed to succeed in an entrepreneurial venture. It will include understanding unique characteristics an entrepreneur should possess, and it will view marketing, economics, finance, accounting, management, communication and legal issues from a small business perspective.
Human Resources Management
BUS 3040/COM 3040
Emphasizes the role of human resources management in an effective organization. Topics include personnel planning, recruitment, selection, training, and performance appraisal, among others.
Introduction to the Healthcare Industry
An introduction to the fundamentals of the healthcare industry including: an overview of various healthcare entities with an emphasis on hospitals, healthcare financing, HR issues in healthcare, disease management, the pharmaceutical industry, the healthcare regulatory environment, public health and threats facing the U.S., as well as job opportunities in healthcare.
COM 3150/MKT 3150
Introduces the basic principles of sales success, sales theory, sales techniques, and role playing. The history of selling is emphasized along with the sales person's role in today's society. The course applies communication theory and principles to the sales situation.
Examines the basic factors of contemporary world politics; the state system, ideologies, nationalism, imperialism, and nongovernmental organizations.
An examination of the psychological principles which function in the social behavior of the individual and group. The impact of social groups on individual behavior and the causes and motives of social behavior are emphasized.
General Education — 51 hours
General Electives — 15-18 hours
*For a complete list of courses, tracks and other relevant information, view the program's course catalog.