COMM 352

Organizational Communication

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 1, 1998 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course examines communication patterns and systems functioning in modern organizations in sectors such as government, nonprofit and corporate. Course simulations and topics include analysis of organizational communication models, formal and informal communication networks, external and internal communication channels, the changing shape of future organizations, mentoring, ethics, diversity, technologies, and the purpose of communication research.

Learning outcomes


  • Develop a sense for one's own area of research interest and tools appropriate to explore that area.
  • Identify an organizational problem and recommend possible communication strategies to improve communication
  • Improve competence in expository writing and public speaking to the intermediate level.
  • Reflect and analyze using appreciative and critical inquiry how communication defines an organization and makes successful achievement of its objectives possible.
  • Understand communication in the context of an organization, particularly as a critical system that reflects a unique culture.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 1: Communication

  • Understand/demonstrate the writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing and presentation.
  • Participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
  • Locate, evaluate, and synthesize in a responsible manner material from diverse sources and points of view.
  • Select appropriate communication choices for specific audiences.
  • Construct logical and coherent arguments.
  • Use authority, point-of-view, and individual voice and style in their writing and speaking.
  • Employ syntax and usage appropriate to academic disciplines and the professional world.


Summer 2020

Section Title Instructor
50 Organizational Communication Maier, Melissa Ann Books Course details

Fall 2020

Section Title Instructor
01 Organizational Communication Carlson, Andrew F Books Course details
50 Organizational Communication Maier, Melissa Ann Books Course details

Spring 2021

Section Title Instructor
50 Organizational Communication Maier, Melissa Ann Thomas, Milton E Books Course details