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Organizational and Relational Communication, BS

Bachelor of Science

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney

Get the same diploma as on campus students

 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
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.

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:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

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

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
SPCH 202Communication Concepts in Society3

Course Number: SPCH 202

A survey of the basic concepts of communication through application to different contexts and through examination of literature and methods in communication research.

SPCH 252Communication Inquiry3

Course Number: SPCH 252

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 301Introduction to Organizational Communication3

Course Number: SPCH 301

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 360Persuasion and Propaganda3

Course Number: SPCH 360

The study and practice of persuasion.

SPCH 451Leadership Communication3

Course Number: SPCH 451

A study of the characteristics, styles, roles, and strategies of leaders with emphasis on parliamentary process.

SPCH 452Advanced Organizational Communication3

Course Number: SPCH 452

A study of major themes of communication within the organization: scientific, humanistic, systems decision making and communication approaches.

SPCH 456Rhetorical Theory3

Course Number: SPCH 456

Historical study of theories of persuasive communication from early Greek and Roman times.

SPCH 459Communication Capstone3

Course Number: SPCH 459

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 499Communication Theory3

Course Number: SPCH 499

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.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $259.00
  • Fees: $57.25
  • Total: $316.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $777.00
  • Fees: $171.75
  • Total: $948.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $396.00
  • Fees: $57.25
  • Total: $453.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1188.00
  • Fees: $171.75
  • Total: $1359.75

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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