Corporate Communication

The Communication curriculum begins with a thorough introduction to the historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations upon which all communication activity is based. Students begin in Pre-Communication, and after successfully completing three required Pre-Communication courses with a 3.0 GPA or higher, may proceed to the upper-level General Communication major or select a concentration in:

  • Corporate communication* - focuses on the theory, concepts, and skills necessary to understand how communication functions in and between organizations; provides background in organizational development, communication training, personnel placement and assessment, supervision and management, labor relations, or internal communication systems development.

Points of Pride

  • The School of Communication at Purdue is consistently ranked among the top programs in America in The Gourman Report.
  • Communication majors are encouraged to take advantage of internship and study abroad opportunities, and their curriculum and faculty support these important experiential enrichment opportunities. 

*Regardless of communication concentration of interest, choose communication on the undergraduate admission application.


  • Advertising
  • Professional sales
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Customer service/employee relations
  • Recruitment
  • Reporting
  • Editing
  • Promotion
  • Publicity
  • Public relations
  • Writing
  • Lobbying
  • Fund-raising and development
  • Media production, editing, or performance
  • Personnel placement, training, and evaluation

Plan of Study

"C-" or better is required in all COM major courses, including pre-com

PREREQUISITE: Students must complete COM 11400 and achieve a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale in the three Pre-Communication courses before declaring this or any major in communication. NO additional communication courses from the plan of study can be taken prior to admission. Only ONE Pre-Communication course may be repeated one time for admission purposes. 

A. The following courses to satisfy Pre-Com requirements

COM 10200 Introduction to Communication Theory
COM 20400 Critical Perspectives on Communication
COM 31800 Principles of Persuasion

B. The following General Communication course (3)

COM 30400 Quantitative Methods for Communication Research

C. Corporate Communication Core (6)

COM 21200 Approaches to Study of Interpersonal Communication (Individual and Society)
COM 32400 Introduction to Organizational Communication 

D. ONE of the following courses in Communication Strategies and Skills in the Workplace (3)

COM 32000 Small Group Discussion
COM 32500 Interviewing: Principles & Practice
COM 37500 Conflict & Negotiation
COM 41500 Discussion of Technical Problems
COM 41700 Training & Development in Organizations

E. ONE of the following courses in Organizing Processes and Systems (3)

COM 41100 Communication & Social Networks
COM 41900 Judgment & Decision Making
COM 42500 Communication and Emerging Technology

F. ONE of the following courses in Global and Social Change (3)

COM 22400 Communication in the Global Workplace
COM 30300 Intercultural Communication
COM 49600 Special Topics in Corporate Communication

G. ONE of the following courses in Contemporary Topics in Organizations and Corporations (3)

COM 32800 Diversity at Work
COM 42300 Leadership, Communication and Organizations
COM 42700 Careers, Communication Issues & Strategies
COM 49600 Special Topics in Corporate Communication [Different topic than above]

H. TWO additional COME courses listed from D, E, F, or G (that has not previously been taken) (6)

I. Choose TWO additional 30000-level or above courses in COM that are NOT listed in areas A through H (6)

Program Course Requirements (57-58 credits): (See PDF for full list here)

ONE of the following:

ENGL 10600 First Year Composition
ENGL 10800 Accelerated First Year Composition

COM 1140 Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Other Language (12) (Proficiency through level IV in one language)
West Heritage
United States Tradition
Other Cultures
Aesthetic Awareness
Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Gender Issues
Social Ethics
Individual and Society
Global Perspective
Natural Sciences
Natural Sciences Lab

Electives (20-21 credits)

University Core Requirements

Courses selected above must meet the following University Core Requirements:

Human Cultures Humanities
Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
Information Literacy
Science Selective
Science Selective
Science Technology Society Selective
Written Communication
Oral Communication
Quantitative Reasoning

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Brian Lamb School of Communication

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