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Organizational Communication and Leadership

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Why Study Organizational Communication and Leadership?

Every great leader is a great communicator. Whatever your trajectory in life—if you want to challenge yourself and change your world—you need the skills to intelligently, strategically, and intentionally express yourself. Additionally, successful organizations are often the result of people who understand the importance of building and maintaining relationships, effectively communicating with organizational stakeholders, leveraging technology wisely and ethically, and leading with excellence.

Why Study Organizational Communication and Leadership at Butler?

The Organizational Communication and Leadership Department at Butler blends innovative courses with opportunities for local, national, and international real-world professional experiences to position our students for personal and professional success. The department is supported by the expertise of faculty with academic training and professional expertise that propel the department’s three areas of specialization within the major: organizational communication, health and human communication, and leadership studies.

In addition to the opportunity for students to study abroad, the Indianapolis campus offers students access to a variety of internships and experiences that prepare them to begin a professional career immediately after graduation or facilitate their transition into graduate study in communication, business, medical, technology, or legal programs, among others. In addition, students may choose to take advantage of the many cocurricular activities offered in the College of Communication, including Lambda Pi Eta national communication honor society, Butler’s nationally recognized Speaker's Lab, the Butler Speech and Debate Team, or one of many other activities designed to enhance social, academic, and professional development.

The department encourages students to think synergistically by requiring innovative courses designed to build expertise in organizational communication, interpersonal and professional relationship management, social networks, research and analytics, communication technologies, social responsibility, and leadership. Whether students are considering local, national, or international positions and whether they are interested in nonprofit or Fortune 500 careers, the human communication and organizational leadership major offers a wide range of opportunities for students hoping to become the leaders of the future. One major; unlimited possibilities.

Organizational Communication and Leadership Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate appropriately and effectively in a variety of interpersonal, group, organizational, and public settings
  • Apply research and analytics to academic and professional communication contexts
  • Demonstrate how and explain why to engage in socially responsible communication and leadership
  • Analyze and implement research-supported approaches to the study of organizational communication, health communication, interpersonal communication, and/or leadership
  • Demonstrate the ability to create and implement appropriate and effective organizational communication in professional contexts