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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Organizational and Professional Communication, B.S.

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Contact Information

Phone: (470) 578-6298

Program Description

Organizational Communication professionals study the role of communication in increasing corporate productivity and employee satisfaction. KSU is the only Georgia institution offering an undergraduate concentration in Organizational Communication. Organizational Communication students learn the skills they need to develop employee training programs, training manuals, and employee handbooks. Students also conduct communication audits at area companies to measure employee satisfaction with company communication practices. Students often intern in corporate human resources or training and development departments.

The Organizational and Professional Communication major requires 18 credit hours of lower division course work (1000-2000 level) comprising various offerings, both inside and outside of the communication discipline, that serve as important groundwork leading to advanced studies. Lower division offerings include basic courses in communication research, visual communication, public speaking, writing, organizational communication careers, and an introductory course in organizational communication.

Admission Requirements

The below Admission Requirements have been suspended for this program. Students declaring an Organizational and Professional Communication major can enroll in any gated SOCM course for which they have met the course prerequisites.

Admission to the Organizational and Professional Communication program is separate from admission to Kennesaw State University. Students must meet the admission requirements to pursue this degree program, outlined below.

  • All organizational and professional communication majors must earn a grade of “C” or better in all School of Communication and Media courses counted toward their degree and pass the Communication Entrance Exam with a score of 78% or higher. Students who fail to pass the grammar test in three attempts must pursue majors in other departments.
  • Meet the School of Communication & Media (SOCM) Sophomore GPA Requirement. This Sophomore GPA requirement consists of combined adjusted 2.75 GPA in the following five courses:
  • Achieve a satisfactory score on the SOCM Entrance Exam. Students may take the test no more than three times.

Graduation Requirements

Each student is expected to meet the Academic Policies Graduation Policies and Procedures  outlined in the Academic Policies section of the Catalog.

Double Owl Pathway

This program offers a Double Owl Pathway. The Double Owl Pathway is an advising pathway for high-potential KSU undergraduate students who want to accelerate the attainment of a Master’s degree at KSU. For pathway options and to learn if you qualify, visit doubleowl.kennesaw.edu

Program of Study

General Education Core Curriculum (Areas A-E) (42 Credit Hours)

See listing of requirements.   This program recommends the Statistics Pathway .

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) (18 Credit Hours)

To be eligible to apply to the major in Organizational and Professional Communication, students must have a 2.75 combined adjusted GPA in these five courses: COM 2020, COM 2033, COM 2129, COM 2135, COM 2240. COM 2230 is also required but is not included in the GPA calculation. 

Related Studies (12 Credit Hours)

Upper division course work (3000-4000 level) outside of the School of Communication & Media (SOCM). These hours do not have to be taken in a single discipline, but should relate to a particular interest or career goal. Students should determine needed prerequisites. Completion of Formal Minor or Certificate Program would also satisfy the Related Studies requirement.

Free Electives (12 Credit Hours)

Any courses (1000-4000 level) in the university curriculum. Students must earn a grade of “D” or better. 

Program Total (120 Credit Hours)

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