University of Southern California

Undergraduate Electives in Management Communication

BUCO 252: The Art of Case Analysis and Presentation
2 units | Fall, Spring | Profs. Yolanda Kirk and Michael Coombs
Develop analytical problem-solving and persuasive presentation skills to successfully analyze strategic business situations and convincingly argue your position in a competitive environment.

BUCO 260: Business Communication Across Cultures
2 units | Fall, Spring | Prof. Jolanta Aritz
Reflect and build on your LINC, GLP, or other overseas experiences – or prepare for upcoming USC international trips. Acquire intercultural communication competencies, analyze international business situations.

BUCO 333m Communication in the Working World: Managing Diversity and Conflict
4 units | Fall, Spring | Profs. Sharoni Little and Naomi Warren
Learn about communication strategies to manage workplace diversity and conflict. Examine historical, social, legal precedents and institutional barriers to diversity. Fulfills USC diversity requirement.

BUCO 425 Ethics and Professional Communication
4 units | Fall | Prof. Steve Byars
Study the intersection between business and professional leadership, language, and ethics. Analyze and present results to public audiences through publications, professional conferences, ethics case competitions.

BUCO 445 Building Oral Communication Expertise
4 units | Fall | Prof. Kirk Snyder
Achieve advanced professional speaking skills through a coaching model that focuses on persuasive business presentations, both in-person and via new media channels; emotional intelligence; and personal branding.

BUCO 450 Communication for Organizations: Exploring Creativity
2 units | Fall, Spring | Prof. Ellen-Linnea Dipprey
Develop individual creative thinking and problem solving skills; enhance managerial communication skills necessary to foster workplace creativity.

BUCO 458 Managing Communication and New Media
4 units | Spring | Prof. Marion Philadelphia
Achieve interpersonal and collaborative success with new media in the workplace through creative assessment of e-culture management, including analysis of corporate use of YouTube, Second Life, blogs, Skype, and social media.

BUCO 460 International Business Communication
4 units | Spring | Prof. Pete Cardon
Understand cultures and global systems to deepen your interpersonal, cultural and organizational communication skills and prepare you to be successful in international business settings.

BUCO 485 Business Communication Management for Nonprofits
4 units | Spring | Prof. James Owens
Explore the communication issues and challenges that nonprofit managers face. Design communication tools used to conduct fundraising and visibility campaigns, work with a board of directors, attract and retain volunteers, write grants and report on program outcomes, and demonstrate accountability to a variety of private and public constituencies. Fulfills elective option for completion of Marshall’s minor in Social Entrepreneurship, SPPD’s minor in Nonprofits and Social Innovation

For MBAs: Personal Brand Development and Professional Communication Strategies

BUCO-503 Advanced Managerial Communication, Spring, Term 1 (M/W or S)*
(offered in Fall for MAcc and MBT graduates only)
Executive coaching model applied to individual interpersonal communication dynamics. Advanced skill development in the application of business communication theory to visual and verbal persuasion and presentations. This model includes initial assessment of skill level, and establishing an individualized goal plan to improve your interpersonal, relational, networking, interviewing, career advancement, and managerial communication skills. Course utilizes multiple delivery methods, including: lecture/discussion sessions; one-on-one and peer coaching sessions; class activities; video analysis; lab sessions; case studies; and experiential learning sessions.

BUCO-533 Managing Communication in Organizations, Spring, Term 2 (S)
(offered in Fall for MAcc and MBT graduates only)
Facilitate team dynamics through communication. Explore team communication through case studies and consulting projects relating to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Crisis Communication, and Business Ethics. This course focuses on exploring and enhancing team dynamics, team leadership, and group communication; it complements individual communication skills student have developed in other courses.

BUCO-599 Gender, Work, and Communication, Spring, Term 2 (M/W)
Understanding the implications of gender-based differences in communication in the workplace: This course particularly focuses on how students can optimize their individual communication styles and practices to achieve professional success and work/life balance. Drawing on readings from a range of theoretical perspectives, as well as on class discussions, experiential activities, and personal reflection, students will develop an understanding of how gendered identities are enacted through communication practices in the workplace, how these practices may either help or hinder their advancement as business leaders, and most importantly, how they may adapt or enhance their own gender-based styles to better manage their professional identities and become more competent communicators.

BUCO-599 Leading with Virtual Communication, Spring, Term 2 (M/W; hybrid-online)**
Exploring how leaders can communicate via new media to drive collaboration, increase employee engagement, build networked communities, and manage change: This course provides theory and practice in how leaders can communicate via social media and other forms of new media to achieve business goals. Students will build their abilities to lead and manage on new social platforms (Facebook-like platforms/intranets for companies) that organizations increasingly use as the hub of their communications. A constant theme throughout the course will be using new media to build professional credibility as a leader.

BUCO-504 Professional Writing for Business, Spring, Term 1-2, F
(meets once a week for 1.5hrs, hybrid-online)**
This course deepen students’ understanding and ability of what it takes to create effective communication in writing by engaging them in creating professional documents and texts. Apply communication strategies in business writing to produce written persuasive, directive, informative, or descriptive documents in professional contexts essential for success in today’s workplace. This course is project-based and focuses on practical application based on students’ project preferences or needs. Students will determine and coordinate with the professor the project and/or documents they will be working on.

*M/W classes meet twice/week for 1.5 hours. Saturday classes meet once/week for 3 hours.
**Hybrid-online means that about half of the sessions are held on campus, and the rest will be conducted online via appropriate media. No special software, or tech knowledge required.

Additional Fall Electives will be published soon.

Marshall Ph.D. Program: Communication for Doctoral Students

The CMC has developed a series of one- and two-units seminars, in addition to workshops, assessments, one-on-one tutorials and other activities designed to support Marshall doctoral students in developing the communication skills essential for their success as scholars and teachers.

To learn more about doctoral student support services and coursework, contact Prof. Lee Cerling at