The College of Communication and the Arts is preparing to offer a new course for the Fall 2019 semester. This course, Workplace Communication Interactions (course code: COMM 6075) is available for students in both the Communication and Public Relations graduate programs, as well as an elective for graduate programs across the broader University with adviser approval. This is a class that will be offered as a part of the curriculum in the new M.A. in Communication program. It is a class available for the area of specialization in communication and organizations.
This course taught by Renee Robinson, Ph.D., will provide graduate students an opportunity to develop the necessary communication skills required to obtain professional positions in for-profit and nonprofit organizations. The course will focus on three key areas concerning employee success: pre-position messaging, workplace interactions, and employee brand development. Workplace interactions concentrates on interacting with colleagues and supervisors effectively when hired. Employee brand development requires students to create a professional digital media presence coupled with evidence to support that image.
Robinson designed this course to help students understand the importance of interpersonal communication in the workplace, discuss employee communication behaviors in face-to-face and digital interactions across a range of organization types. Students will also have an opportunity to examine and compare the communication process and components of effective messaging in various organizational settings which range from position interviews to digital personal presence.
“I developed this course based on my research, observations, and conversations with students regarding their concerns about being successful in the workplace,” says Robinson. “Frequently, students (and most individuals) struggle with interviewing for positions, developing an effective digital presence, and interacting professionally and collegially in the workplace. This course presents students with problem-solving scenarios containing various communication challenges presented in real work life contexts.”
Nikki Malupa, a Public Relations student planning to enroll in the class shares, “In my other classes, I am learning how to communicate efficiently within an organization, with co-workers and supervisors. With this class, I seek to better market myself as a communication professional in the workplace.”
Additionally, this course will help students strengthen their research skills and implement effective communication practices necessary in a workplace setting. Students will learn and apply communication theories which can then be translated into co-worker/manager interactions and digital identity management. Robinson adds, “Students will identify a position of interest, gather materials to apply for that position, work through interview scenarios, build a digital presence, and analyze common employee communication issues that they will likely confront in most positions. The intent of the course is to better prepare students to communicate more effectively in a diverse and changing work-world.”
The College currently offers three Master's-level programs, including Museum Professions, Communication, and Public Relations. In addition, four dual-degree options, including three accelerated B.A./M.A. programs and a dual M.A. degree with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations are offered.
For more information about Graduate Studies within the College of Communication and the Arts, please contact Ryan Hudes, Ph.D.