Dynamics of Workplace Communication

Undergraduate Minor

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Dynamics in Workplace Communication

Undergraduate Minor

Whether navigating the culture of a start-up, a Fortune 100 company, or in any domestic or international workplace situation, strategic and emotionally intelligent communication is essential. This minor has a high emphasis on application practice to prepare students to succeed in their work environment. Courses feature experiential components and/or offer opportunities to connect with professionals and outside constituencies to learn hands-on about communication challenges and how to develop effective communication strategy.

The Department of Business Communication at the Marshall School seeks to equip students majoring outside Marshall with an understanding of the theoretical and practical foundations for effective communication in the workplace. The minor focuses on interpersonal and small group communication, strategic and inclusive communication in a diverse workforce, professional business writing and speaking, and techniques for persuasive communication in both formal and informal professional settings. It offers students the opportunity to explore the communication demands common to leadership in different professional contexts, applying communication models that emphasize emotional intelligence, audience analysis, divergent thinking, and communication strategies based on the socio-psychological foundations of effective communication.

This minor requires a minimum of 16 units. Students taking this minor should, if possible, enroll in the business version of the upper division USC writing requirement: WRIT-340 “Advanced Writing for Business.” To enroll in this minor, students must have completed 32 units of college level courses with a cumulative USC GPA of at least 2.75. Completion of this minor requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in for 16 units.

Admission requirements:

To be approved for the Dynamics in Workplace Communication minor, students must have completed 32 units, a declared major, and a minimum USC GPA of 2.75.

More details and the link to apply are at https://www.marshall.usc.edu/current-students/applying-marshall-current-usc-students/marshall-minors

Courses of Study

Two required courses of three (8 units):

Required for all students:

  • BUAD 302: Communication Strategy in Business (4 units; offered Fall/Spring/Summer)

Choose one of two:

  • BUCO 333mw: Communication in the Working World: Managing Diversity (4 units; typically offered in Fall and Spring; fulfills GE diversity/citizenship in a diverse world, or category G, requirements)
  • BUCO 460: International Business Communication (4 units; typically offered in Fall, but could also offer in Spring) (depending on the choice the alternative is added to the electives list)

Choose two or more from the following electives (or a minimum of 8 units). Must choose at least one BUCO elective:

  • BUCO 333mw: Communication in the Working World: Managing Diversity (4 units; if not completed as required course above; typically offered in Fall and Spring; fulfills GE diversity/citizenship in a diverse world, or category G, requirements)
  • BUCO 425: Ethics and Professional Communication (4 units; typically offered in Fall)
  • BUCO 445: Building Oral Communication Expertise (4 units; typically offered in Spring)
  • BUCO 450: Communications for Organizations: Exploring Creativity (4 units; typically offered in Spring and Fall)
  • BUCO 458: Managing Communication and New Media (4 units; typically offered in Spring)
  • BUCO 460: International Business Communication (4 units; If not completed as required course above; typically offered in Fall, but could also offer in Spring)
  • BUCO 485: Business Communication Management for Nonprofits (4 units; typically offered in Fall)
  • BAEP 470: The Entrepreneurial Mindset—Taking the Leap (2 units)
  • BAEP 472: The Science of Peak Performance (2 units)
  • BAEP 475: Entertainment Entrepreneurship (2 units; offered Spring and Fall)
  • BAEP 491: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship (4 units; offered Fall)
  • MOR 469: Negotiation and Persuasion (4 units; offered Spring and Fall)
  • MOR 471: Managing and Developing People (4 units; offered in Fall)

Recommended: Upper division USC writing requirement: WRIT-340 “Advanced Writing for Business.”