Organizational Communication

Course Information

Program Overview

Strong written and verbal communication skills are universally valued in corporate, nonprofit, government and entrepreneurial organizations. Assumption’s organizational communication students study the patterns, systems and networks of communication within an organization and develop the skills to effectively communicate with internal and external constituencies.

This major has a business foundation with a required core of six business knowledge courses, including: management, marketing and microeconomics.

Students who major in this program take a required, 3-credit course in either “Internship in Business” or “Portfolio Management” in their junior or senior year.

  • The internship/seminar course provides hands-on experience and training, networking with professionals in the field, and assessment of your personal career strengths and interests. You’ll spend a minimum of 120 hours working with professionals in the field. In this capstone seminar, students discuss organizational behavior and management concepts.
  • The portfolio course enables you to document your knowledge and skills, develop a resume and compile writing samples that make you more marketable as you seek your first professional position or as you apply for graduate school.

By combining the College’s strength in the liberal arts and business, students develop skills that enable them to be employed in areas such as:

  • strategic communications
  • advertising
  • advocacy
  • media relations
  • marketing communications
  • internal communications
  • investor relations
  • corporate social responsibility
  • government relations crisis management

Internship Blogs

Every semester approximately 25 students enroll in the Internship in Business course and intern at companies throughout Central Massachusetts. This seminar course with Professor Arlene DeWitt enables students to gain hands-on experience and then review what they are learning onsite with other members of the seminar class. Each week during the semester, one or more students will be blogging about their experiences.

Read our Internship blogs

Internship Blogs

Dec 8, 2015
Being a quick change artist is very important when it comes to internships, jobs, and/or careers. When I started my internship at TCS in New York City I immediately was faced with change. First of all, I had only been to NYC twice before and knew close to no one in the city. Then, when I arrived at my internship I was informed that they had gotten approval for a consultant for the same job I was assigned. This meant half or more of the work I was supposed to be doing was no longer up for grabs. They said I would instead be working with social media, communications, and branding. My major is marketing, so I accepted this and took it head-on in order to improve my skills. This ended up working in my favor since I learned so much more than just marketing a sponsorship and a sporting event!
Dec 8, 2015
Throughout my experiences I have learned a lot about the Human Resources field in a Human Services organization. I also came to the conclusion that HR is where I would like to land after graduation!
Nov 30, 2015
My internship experience with the Leadership Through Service Program has taught me a great deal about program planning and development. I help students find their passions and then facilitate programs on how to be an agent for social change through our discussions and retreats. This program strives to enrich student leadership skills through service projects and community involvement.
Nov 24, 2015
Working at Country Junkie Nation has allowed me to execute the communication and marketing skills that I have leaned in my classes in a real world setting, and has also provided an in-depth look at an entrepreneurial setting. Working closely with the co-founders of the company allows me to bounce ideas off of them and receive immediate feedback. The open communication throughout the company has proven to be the perfect setting for advancing my skills.
Nov 16, 2015
The Office of Communications is the information hub for the Assumption College community; their functions include: developing press relations, interviewing guests, publishing news stories on Assumption’s website, and populating social media.

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