Organizational Communication

Professional written and verbal communications skills are universally valued by corporate, nonprofit, governmental and entrepreneurial organizations. Employees tell us these highly transferable; communications competencies are the number one skill that they are seeking in college graduates. Organizational communication students study the frameworks, systems, and networks of communication within an organization and develop technical and analytical skills to effectively communicate with internal and external constituencies in order to achieve organizational goals.

Learning Goals:

  1. Foundation of Organizational Communication Knowledge and Application
  2. Information Technology Proficiency
  3. Managerial Communication Skills
  4. Analytical and Critical Thinking Skills
  5. Ethical Decision Making

Assumption also offers a major in Communications and Media in the D’Amour College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Program Contact

Bridget Leonard, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Marketing and Organizational Communication, Assistant Professor of Marketing
508-767-7246 Tsotsis Family Academic Center - Room 334

All classes taught by professors, none by teaching assistants
2019 Organizational Communication graduates employed or in graduate school within six months
Student/Faculty ratio

Program Curriculum

  • Business Core (6 courses)
    ACC 125 Principles of Accounting I
    MGT 100 Introduction to Management
    MGT 102 Introduction to Organizational Behavior
    MKT 101 Principles of Marketing
    ECO 110 Principles of Microeconomics
    ECO 115 Statistics

    Note: ECO115 requires students to have taken MAT114 prior to or at the same time. The course also requires successful prior completion of the one-credit CSC110 or a passing score on an Excel placement exam.

    Area II: Writing Course (1 course)
    ENG 201 Writing Workshop: Argument and Persuasion
    ENG 304 Business and Technical Writing
    ENG 308 Writing and Editing
    Area III: Core Communication Courses (3 courses)
    OCM 200 Communication Theory
    OCM 333 Strategic Managerial Communication
    PSY 220/INB 334 Interpersonal Communication OR International Communication: Organizational Perspectives
    Area IV: Internship Capstone (1 course)
    OCM 398/OCM 399 Portfolio Management OR Internship in Business
    Area V: Major Electives (4 courses, limit 1 from outside the Department of Business Studies
    BUS 250 Personal Finance
    BUS 304 Business Research
    BUS 444 Honors Capstone in Business
    INB 306 International Marketing
    INB 307 International Management
    MKT 308 Consumer Marketing Behavior
    MKT 309 Marketing Management
    MKT 310 Advertising
    MGT 311 Diversity in the Work Force
    MKT 312 Sales Management
    MKT 314 Services Marketing
    MKT 316 Public Relations
    MKT 326 Marketing on the Internet
    MKT 327 Social Media Marketing
    INB 334 International Communication
    MKT 344 Sport Marketing
    MKT 346 Sport Media and Communication
    ENG 201* Writing Workshop: Argument and Persuasion
    ENG 304* Business and Technical Writing
    ENG 308* Writing and Editing

    Other courses which support the organizational communication knowledge base as approved by the department chairperson.

    *If not taken to fulfill the Area II writing course requirement

    Course Descriptions

  • As a major in Communication and Media, you will learn to read television, radio, and film productions (as well as websites) as constructed texts, while developing your own voice as a writer and your skills in radio and television production.  Majors in Communication and Media can specialize in journalism and professional writing, creative writing, media production, or create their own specialization. Several specialty courses also count towards the minor in graphic design.  In 2019, 100% of our Communication and Media graduates were employed or enrolled in addition education within six months of graduation.

    Learning Goals of Major in Communication and Media

    1. To pose questions and employ methods specific to the field of communication studies and to explore the implications of these ways of knowing;
    2. To read film, audio, and printed texts critically and empathetically, recognizing the significance, quality, and consequences of images and language;
    3. To write and speak effectively, exhibiting an awareness of audience;
    4. To ask ethical questions about others’ and one’s own communication practices and the tensions and consequences that result from various rhetorical decisions;  to consider how communication strategies impact students’ own values and ways of being in the world;
    5. To gain a more informed and global understanding of cultural and historical differences;
    6. To take intellectual risks, to synthesize the questions and approaches of the discipline they have learned, and to take responsibility for their own learning. To become lifelong active and engaged learners.


Melanie Downey
Visiting Assistant Professor of Management
Zachary Jeremy Daniels
Associate Professor of Practice, Mgmt, Mktg, Org Comm

Experiential Learning

Assumption's Rome Campus

At Assumption's campus in Rome, Italy, the city and the country become your classroom through daily and weekend-long excursions throughout "the eternal city" and the Italian countryside. This unique study abroad experience will enrich your academic and cultural pursuits as you walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators then enjoy delectable Italian cuisine or perhaps a cappuccino after class in a local cafe. (Did you know that your financial aid follows you to Rome?)

Explore the Rome Campus

Learn the Skills Employers Seek

Faculty/Student Research

The Assumption curriculum encourages scholarly and real-world experience. With hands-on research conducted alongside faculty mentors, students gain a depth of knowledge and skills that lead to professional success and personal fulfillment.

Study Abroad

At Assumption University, the world is your classroom. Students can study and explore abroad in over 50 places from Vienna to England, South Africa, and even our own campus in historic, yet modern, Rome, Italy. Assumption’s study abroad program offers culture, history, and a living classroom for all.


Assumption career planning starts the day you arrive on campus. “Internship in Business” is a 3-credit seminar course in the Business Studies Department that is available to all business students. The course provides hands-on experience and training, networking and informational interviews with professionals, and assessment of your personal career strengths and interests. You will spend a minimum of 120 hours working in the field. During the weekly seminar, students discuss how organizational behavior and management concepts apply to their individual placements.

Career Paths

Employers that have hired Assumption University organizational communication graduates.



Astra Zeneca

Citadel Broadcasting



Dunkin' Brands






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Be Prepared for the Future

Accelerated BA/MBA Dual Degree Program

Apply as a high school senior into the dual degree program with one application and benefit from being considered for a $2,500 Assumption Business Leader Scholarship (per year for 5 years), special programming, and the ability to take up to two MBA courses during your senior year.  We offer two tracks to choose from: Management and CPA (for accounting majors only). Learn more about all of the University's dual degree offerings.

Career Opportunities

Organizational Communication students are qualified for career opportunities in:
  • Strategic Communications
  • Media Relations
  • Internal Communications
  • Public Relations
  • Crisis Management
  • Investor Realations
  • Government Relations
  • Marketing Communications
  • Advertising
  • Advocacy