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Department: Business Communication

  • Business Communication

    Business Communication

    Marshall’s Department of Business Communication (BUCO) has emerged as the largest and one of the most prestigious academic entities of its kind, contributing to education and scholarship for more than 35 years. BUCO courses prepare students for a world driven by communication by applying theory to practical challenges in the professions, including the art of creating strategic messages for diverse audiences, leading successful dialog, networking, and connecting with stakeholders across cultures and utilizing multiple media.


  • The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Communication provides specialized skill sets for students that they will apply to succeed in the workplace, regardless of their chosen profession. Students will learn to apply emotionally intelligent and strategic communication, and utilize rapidly evolving communication technologies, to facilitate effective workplace processes among organizational stakeholders. The degree signals to potential employers that the graduate is ready to lead and motivate teams in-person and virtually and facilitate complex communication situations among diverse groups and individuals across cultures to support the success of the organization.




  • The Virtual Business Professional Project

    The Virtual Business Professional Project

    The VBP Project is a global student collaboration project created and managed by business communication faculty at the Marshall School of Business at USC. It’s goal is to help students develop skills necessary to succeed in a fast-paced global business environment that is increasingly relying on social platforms and virtual collaboration for their internal and external communication.

    Every semester, between 500 and 700 students participate in VBP. These students collectively represent over 50 countries around the world and study at 17 universities in 10 different countries.



Below is a selection of current courses taught by the department. For a complete listing of current courses please see the USC SCHEDULE OF CLASSES.

  • BUAD-111
    World Bachelor in Business Program Freshman Academy
    Introduction to selected academic subject matter, development of intercultural communication skills, and access to business professionals. Graded CR/NC.
  • BUAD-252
    Choosing and Planning a Future Career in Business
    Explore and plan for future career choices and options in business. Learn theoretical principles, best practices and strategies, and contemporary workplace issues/trends. Graded CR/NC.
  • BUAD-302
    Communication Strategy in Business
    Theory, practices, and techniques of business communication strategy essential to external and organizational communication; group and interpersonal communication; development of skill in oral and written communication.

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  • Campus Location

    Department of Business Communication
    Marshall School of Business, ACC 400
    University of Southern California
    3660 Trousdale Parkway
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0444