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ORGANIZATIONAL SCIENCES AND COMMUNICATION

Professors C. Warren (Chair), L. Offermann

Associate Professor D.P. Costanza

Assistant Professors J.C. Miller, N. Olsen, G. Debebe, T. Behrend

Adjunct Professor V. Grady

Professorial Lecturers Q. Ahmed, M.A. DiMola, E. van Iersel, B. Mello, R. Tovares

Adjunct Instructors C.M. Clapp, C. Wood

Lecturers A. Weiner, D. Coultice-Christian, D. Cronin, P. Hanke, S. Ewing, J. Murdock Bassett, S. Tomasovic, D. Tighe

The communication and organizational sciences majors are offered by the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication. Students are accepted as communication majors through a selective application process. Applications are not accepted from students with more than 75 credit hours. A student may apply no more than twice to the major. Expectations for admission include a GPA of 3.3 and completion of, or current enrollment in, one of three courses: Comm 1025, 1040, or 1041. Achievement of the expected GPA does not guarantee admission to the major because the acceptance process is selective. Application forms and the Student Handbook for Communication Majors, which provides additional information about the major, including the application process, are available in the department office.

Bachelor of Arts with a major in communication—The following requirements must be fulfilled:

1. The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

2. Required courses in the major: Comm 1025, 1040, 1041, 2100, 3110, 4150, 4199; 18 additional hours of upper-division courses in communication, as approved by the major advisor.

3. Required courses in related areas: 15 credit hours of upper-division courses in one other department, program, or field of study, as approved by the major advisor; this requirement may be fulfilled by completion of a second major or a minor or secondary field other than organizational communication.

Bachelor of Arts with a major in organizational sciences—The following requirements must be fulfilled:

1. The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

2. Required courses in related areas: Econ 1011 or 1012, Stat 1053, and 6 credit hours of upper-level courses from one of the following areas: American studies, anthropology, communication, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, or sociology. A list of approved courses fulfilling this requirement is available from the department.

3. Required courses in the major:

(a) OrSc 1109, 1046, 4161, 4197; Psyc 2144. (If a grade lower than C− is received for OrSc 1109 or 1046, the course must be repeated; credit for the repetition will not count toward the degree.)

(b) Six courses chosen from OrSc 2116, 2123, 2143, 3141, 3159, 3165, 3190, 4195; Comm 3170; Psyc 2160.

Special Honors in communication—Students may graduate with Special Honors if they meet the following criteria: (1) the Special Honors requirements stated under University Regulations; (2) selection to Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association Honor Society, which maintains a chapter in the GW Communication Program (i.e., open to majors who have completed a minimum of 24 hours in communication course work, who hold a grade-point average of 3.3 in communication courses and a grade-point average of 3.0 overall, and who are recommended by a majority of the full-time communication faculty); and (3) a grade of A on the thesis required in Comm 4199, Senior Seminar.

Special Honors in organizational sciences—To qualify for graduation with Special Honors, the student must meet the Special Honors requirements stated under University Regulations, submit an application to the department before the beginning of the senior year, take a graduate-level seminar with permission of the department, complete an independent study project in OrSc 4195 with a grade of A− or better, and have a grade-point average for courses required in the major of 3.5.

Minor in communication—Required: 18 credit hours, including Comm 1025, 1040 or 1041, 2120, 4150, and two upper-division electives in communication.

Minor in organizational communication—Required: 18 credit hours, including Comm 3170, 3171; OrSc 1109; Psyc 2144; plus two courses selected from Comm 2120, 2140, 3173, 3174, 3176; Psyc 2160.

Minor in organizational sciences—Required: 18 credit hours, including OrSc 1109, 2116, 2143; Psyc 2144; plus two courses selected from Comm 3170, 3171, 3173; Psyc 2160, 4193; or approved electives in organizational sciences.

Note: Within the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication, any course counted toward the major may not also be counted toward the minor. Students taking more than one minor in the department may not double-count electives.

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