Organizational and Relational Communication, BS

Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational and Relational Communication, BS

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 120
  • $259.00
  • $396.00

Program Overview

The online Bachelor of Science in Organizational and Relational Communication program equips students with an understanding of communication theories and skills to become professional ethical communicators in a rapidly changing and diverse global environment.  

Students graduating from this program: 

  • Demonstrate and apply professional written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate and apply relevant professional oral and visual communication skills.
  • Apply communication-related concepts to contemporary issues and everyday life.
  • Demonstrate informational literacy including how to gather, evaluate and interpret information.

Graduates of the online Organizational and Relational Communication, BS program report meaningful gains in presentation skills, leadership skills and group communication skills. 

Who should consider this degree?

  • People who seek positions in junior management, human relations, marketing or public relations with career goals of going into the law field, recruitment, human resources or management.
  • People interested in pursuing advanced education in law, recruit
  • People who are looking to increase their skills in effective communications
  • Anyone interested in expanding their knowledge and skills to grow professionally
  • People who have an associate degree and are interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree

A wide array of career options are available to students who study in this field, including: 

  • Public relations director
  • Corporate recruiter
  • Corporate communications manager
  • Community relations directors
  • Customer sales representatives and supervisors
  • Human resource managers
  • Fundraisers
  • Public administrators

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. High school diploma

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
SPCH 452Advanced Organizational Communication3
A study of major themes of communication within the organization: scientific, humanistic, systems decision making and communication approaches.
SPCH 301Introduction to Organizational Communication3
Students in this course will be introduced to the constitutive role that communication plays within organizational settings through studying the various theoretical approaches of the organizational communication discipline.
SPCH 459Communication Capstone3
The capstone in communication serves as a culminating experience for communication majors in the new Organizational and Social Interaction curriculum design. The course will be taught by each full time faculty member of the department with different topical foci, but each version of the course will include (1) developing a research presentation and (2) career development. Prereq: senior status
SPCH 252Communication Inquiry3
Improve researching skills by applying knowledge of experimental design to analyze, evaluate, and interpret research writing within the Communication field. Prereq: SPCH 202GS or instructor approval.
SPCH 360Persuasion and Propaganda3
The study and practice of persuasion.
SPCH 499Communication Theory3
An overview of theory and major theorists in the field of communication. Prereq: 9 hours of core courses completed OR 6 hours completed and 3 taken concurrently.
SPCH 202Communication Concepts in Society3
A survey of the basic concepts of communication through application to different contexts and through examination of literature and methods in communication research.
SPCH 456Rhetorical Theory3
Historical study of theories of persuasive communication from early Greek and Roman times.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Ralph Hanson, Ph.D.
Interim Chair, Professor

Ralph Hanson has worked extensively on developing online curriculum and has been blogging on mass communication issues since March 2004. His classroom interests include ethics, reporting, new media, mass media and society, research methods and editorial page writing.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.