Management Communication is one of four majors offered by the Department of Communication. Students study various communication techniques necessary for success in the workplace, including organizational communication, risk and crisis communication, leadership communication, team-based communication, and conflict communication.
Why Choose a Major in the Department of Communication?
Our students pursue degrees in Communication because they are interested in fast-paced careers where every day brings something new. They want to make a difference in the world while doing something they love – whether that’s reporting breaking news, designing advertisements, running social media campaigns, promoting organizations, or leading others in the workplace.
As a Management Communication major, you will get:
- More time to explore your interests. We give you the first year to explore your options, making it possible to switch between four different COMM majors without extending your graduation timeline.
- Guidance on choosing a career. In COMM 101: Majors and Careers in Communication, you will meet others in your major, learn more about possible careers, and find campus resources that help you achieve your professional goals.
- Hands-on learning. You'll have multiple ways to apply what you are learning through course projects, consulting for local organizations, and participating in national competitions.
- Built-in communities. You can connect with other students - while building your resume - through the eight student organizations affiliated with our department.
- Professional experience. We help you find and benefit from internships in your field through our relationships with local and regional employers.
Management Communication Major
A major in management communication trains students to be effective managers and leaders in corporate or non-profit environments. Students will complete an applied capstone course in their final semester. Students majoring in management communication may earn a Bachelor of Science degree (includes an approved minor) or a Bachelor of Arts degree (includes a modern language proficiency).
Admission to the Major
Students complete 18 credits of Pre-Communication courses with a minimum 3.00 GPA to be admitted to the professional program in management communication. These courses include COMM 110, COMM 112, COMM 114, COMM 212, COMM 220, and ENGL 120.
Internships offer practical experience for management communication students. Three credits (120 hours) of field experience are required for the major, and many students complete more than one internship. Students have interned with a variety of private companies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Internships often lead to jobs.
Coursework in the management communication major prepares students for careers in college admissions, corporate training, consulting, human resource administration, organizational communication, and project management. The coursework emphasizes written and oral communication skills and prepares students to communicate in meaningful and effective ways with a variety of audiences.
Students majoring in management communication are encouraged to join the Management Communication Club for undergraduate research and consulting opportunities. They may also be interested in joining the department's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). NDSU has two honoraries for top students majoring in a degree program offered by the Department of Communication. Pi Kappa Delta is a national honor fraternity for students involved in human communication activities. Lambda Pi Eta is a national honorary for communication majors with high academic achievement.
High School Preparation
A well-rounded high school education with experiences in high school music, forensics, theatre, journalism, student government, or scouting serves as good preparation for the management communication major. Students with interests in science and art, business and service, and publicity and promotion will find a major in this department to be a good fit.
The Department of Communication awards a number of scholarships to students who excel in academics and who have demonstrated career potential. Applications are due by March 1. Visit the department website for details.
Faculty members in the Department of Communication are dedicated teachers, scholars, and practitioners who are committed to providing high-quality courses, hands-on learning experiences, and opportunities for undergraduate research. We encourage students who want to learn more about management communication to reach out via email or schedule an appointment via Navigate.
Sample Program Guide
Please note this is a sample program guide and not an official curriculum. Actual student schedules for each semester will vary depending on start year, education goals, applicable transfer credit, and course availability. Once admitted, students are encouraged to work with their assigned academic advisor on a regular basis to review degree progress.
|COMM 101||1||COMM 110||3|
|COMM 112||3||COMM 216 (Major Elective)||3|
|COMM 114||3||ENGL 120||3|
|ENGL 110 (or placement)||3||Humanities/Arts GE||3|
|Quantitative Reasoning GE||3||Science/Technology GE||3|
|Wellness GE||2||Science/Technology Lab GE||1|
|COMM 212||3||COMM 315||3|
|COMM 220||3||COMM 320||3|
|Minor or Language Coursework||3||Minor or Language Coursework||3|
|Humanities/Arts GE||3||Global Perspectives GE||3|
|Science/Technology GE||3||Science/Technology GE||3|
|COMM 383||3||COMM 496||3|
|Major Elective||3||Major Elective||3|
|Minor or Language Coursework||3||Major Elective||3|
|AHSS Requirement||3||Minor or Language Coursework||3|
|Upper Division Writing||3||AHSS Requirement||3|
|COMM 431||3||COMM 483||3|
|Major Elective||3||Major Elective||3|
|Major Elective||3||Minor or Language Coursework||3|
|Minor or Language Coursework||3||Additional Coursework May Be Required to Reach 120 Credits||4|
|Additional Coursework or Internship||4|
|Total Credits: 120|