Communication Management Track
The Communication Management track provides students with the theoretical understanding and practical skills needed for success in interpersonal, group, and organizational communication.
Many La Salle University alums who have studied in the Communication Management track have embarked on careers in corporate communication at health-care and pharmaceutical companies, nonprofit organizations, and communication and media training firms. Other possible careers include event planning, human resources and diversity management, social services, law, and education.
This track’s coursework emphasizes how communication competence is achieved through analysis, problem solving, teamwork, and conflict management.
Communication Management Capstone (COM 415) features an individual project during the senior year in which a real-world communication issue is solved. The work can be used as a case study and example of experience during job interviews.
Communication majors are required to take the courses below to complete the Communication Management track. You can also view full course descriptions.
Group and Team Communication (COM 215)
Now more than ever, organizations rely on group work to succeed—many times in virtual settings. In this course, students will gain an understanding of and experience with the elements of group communication. Topics include:
- Nature of groups
- Link between communication and group composition
- Goals and influence processes in groups
- Group decision making
- Properties of group interaction
Advanced Interpersonal Communication (COM 315)
In this course, students learn how to use advanced interpersonal communication theories to improve their own skill set. Topics include:
- Individual, situational, relational, and cultural factors in communication
- Interpersonal communication competence
- Relationship goals
Organizational Communication (COM 317)
Communication is the foundation of all organizations. This course focuses on historical and contemporary communication theories and practices and their impact on an organization’s success or failure. Topics include:
- Contemporary organizational issues
- Leadership communication
- Interviewing and the job search
- Organizational culture
- Impacts of globalization and technology
Communication and Culture (COM 320)
Students will learn how communication practices vary across cultures. Topics include:
- Intercultural communication
- Influence of gender, race, ethnicity, and country of origin on communication
Communication Management Capstone (COM 415)
This course includes a semester-long application of all knowledge and skills learned from previous coursework to analyze and solve a communication issue of your interest.
- Particular focus on social issues
- Demonstration of ability to solve real-world interpersonal, group, and organizational problems
- Individual project that can be used as a reference in job interviews
Prerequisite: COM 315 (above)
Communication Management students have a choice of two classes from among the following
Communication and Conflict Management (COM 267)
This course focuses on the nature and function of healthy and unhealthy conflict communication. Topics include:
- Theories of conflict development
- Effective conflict management techniques
- Communication’s role in the development, conduct and resolution of conflict
Nonverbal Communication (COM 325)
Nonverbal communication refers to the many ways we send messages without relying on words. Topics include:
- Specific nonverbal structures, such as touch, gesture, facial expressions, and so on
- Cultural variations in nonverbal communication
- Functions of nonverbal communication, such as impression formation and deception
Communication and Sex, Gender, and Sexuality (COM 345)
This course focuses on the influence of sex, gender, and sexuality in a variety of contexts. Topics include:
- Recent theories and research on communication and sex, gender, and sexuality
- Individual identity development
- Personal and social relationships
Communication in Relationships (COM 365)
We’re in relationships from the time we’re born, and this course focuses on contemporary research and theories associated with communication in close relationships. Topics include:
- What is “good” communication in “good” relationships?
- What research suggests are the realities associated with communication and relationships, including the dark side of relationships