The Organizational and Multicultural Communication program offers three tracks: Organizational Communication, Multicultural Communication and Training and Development. Students also have the option of declaring a dual track by taking courses in two of the tracks listed above. The tracks share some common coursework, however, each track also has its own distinct focus.
The Organizational Communication track focuses on communication challenges specific to business and organizational settings. It helps students to understand and manage the broad communication processes within organizations while enabling them to develop their individual skills as communicators. This track will be of interest to professionals in profit and nonprofit settings, particularly those who manage employees or have responsibilities for personnel issues.
The Multicultural Communication track focuses on the dynamics of communication across cultures. It explores not only what happens when people of two different national cultures meet, but also what happens when people from a variety of cultures and ethnicities come together in one organization, community or country. This track will be of particular interest to those who work with international and multiethnic corporations and to public service personnel serving individuals from a variety of backgrounds and cultural traditions.
The Training and Development track provides students with a foundation in adult learning theory as well as theories of organizational change. Students learn how to conduct organizational communication assessments and design interventions to facilitate organizational problem-solving. Furthermore, students are taught how to design and implement training activities in organizational contexts. The track also provides opportunities for students to explore organizational diversity conceptually and as an ongoing influence on organizational communication processes.
Students may also elect to take a dual track of courses from two of the above tracks. This option may appeal to students interested in such areas as diversity in the workplace, international training and development, and communication education, and consulting. The Organizational and Multicultural program also provides a solid foundation for Ph.D. work in communication and related disciplines.