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  Therese Mailand, undergraduate business major, works on a laptop in the Charles J. Keffer Library in Opus Hall on November 29, 2016, in Minneapolis.

Business Communication

Messaging Matters

If the business world is an engine, great communication is the fuel. Choose the Business Communication program at St. Thomas, and gain the foundation you need to thrive in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Our hands-on, practical curriculum will give you a solid understanding of business fundamentals and background knowledge and skills in human message exchange. You’ll learn:

  • Communication strategies that apply one-on-one, in groups, and electronically
  • How to create persuasive messaging
  • How to communicate effectively across cultures

Our highly engaged faculty and small class sizes ensure that you receive plenty of individual attention, and your faculty advisor supports and guides your student journey. If you want to make your mark in the field of business communication, take the first step at St. Thomas.

Program Overview

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degree Awarded
  • Tutoring
  • Internships
  • All undergraduate business students are required to take core courses, concentration courses related to their major, and allied courses, which take place outside of the Opus College of Business. In addition, Business Communication majors take four extra communication courses.

    Business Communication Program Courses

     

    Year 1

    ACCT 100 Principles of Accounting I
    BUSN 100 Business for the Common Good 
    ENTR 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation 
    Allied courses in economics, math, and statistics

    Year 2

    ACCT 200 Principles of Accounting II
    BETH 300 Ethical Principles in Business 
    BLAW 300 Law for Business Leaders I 
    BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service 
    FINC 310 Core Financial Management 
    MGMT 200 Working Skillfully in Organizations
    MKTG 200 Introduction to Marketing 
    OPMT 300 Operations and Supply Chain Management 

    Years 3 & 4

    At the end of your sophomore year, you’ll declare a business major. As a junior and senior, you’ll take courses specific to your chosen concentration as well as business electives. And, if you choose to study abroad, you’ll likely do so sometime during year 3 or 4.

    In addition to your major courses, you’ll also take courses in the St. Thomas Core Curriculum throughout your four years.

    Students who complete this coursework receive a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Communication.

    Your professor is always available to help you with your coursework. If you need extra help with your core courses in accounting, finance, or operations, free tutors are also available. Whether you’re stuck on an assignment or want help preparing for an exam, our tutors are always glad to work with you. You can schedule a 30-minute one-on-one appointment, or drop in during open hours.

    St. Thomas maintains a large network of alumni and local business connections, which leads to real-world learning opportunities, internships and—oftentimes—employment after graduation. When you’re ready for an internship, the Career Development Center can help you find a position that supports your professional goals.

    Course Requirements

    All undergraduate business students are required to take core courses, concentration courses related to their major, and allied courses, which take place outside of the Opus College of Business. In addition, Business Communication majors take four extra communication courses.

    Business Communication Program Courses

     

    Four-Year Plan

    Year 1

    ACCT 100 Principles of Accounting I
    BUSN 100 Business for the Common Good 
    ENTR 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation 
    Allied courses in economics, math, and statistics

    Year 2

    ACCT 200 Principles of Accounting II
    BETH 300 Ethical Principles in Business 
    BLAW 300 Law for Business Leaders I 
    BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service 
    FINC 310 Core Financial Management 
    MGMT 200 Working Skillfully in Organizations
    MKTG 200 Introduction to Marketing 
    OPMT 300 Operations and Supply Chain Management 

    Years 3 & 4

    At the end of your sophomore year, you’ll declare a business major. As a junior and senior, you’ll take courses specific to your chosen concentration as well as business electives. And, if you choose to study abroad, you’ll likely do so sometime during year 3 or 4.

    In addition to your major courses, you’ll also take courses in the St. Thomas Core Curriculum throughout your four years.

    Degree Awarded

    Students who complete this coursework receive a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Communication.

    Tutoring

    Your professor is always available to help you with your coursework. If you need extra help with your core courses in accounting, finance, or operations, free tutors are also available. Whether you’re stuck on an assignment or want help preparing for an exam, our tutors are always glad to work with you. You can schedule a 30-minute one-on-one appointment, or drop in during open hours.

    Internships

    St. Thomas maintains a large network of alumni and local business connections, which leads to real-world learning opportunities, internships and—oftentimes—employment after graduation. When you’re ready for an internship, the Career Development Center can help you find a position that supports your professional goals.

    Learning Through Service: Business 200

    We believe that businesses need to be socially responsible in the communities where they operate. All undergraduate business majors and minors are required to complete BUSN 200, a zero-credit, tuition-free course that includes 40 hours of community service and a series of reflective seminars. This service learning helps you grow into a highly principled global business professional, and an effective and ethical leader who’s prepared to make positive contributions in both your profession and community.

    St. Thomas Career Services

    The experts in the Career Development Center can help you find internships, develop job hunting skills, and put you in touch with business leads—both alumni and St. Thomas connections in the broader Twin Cities business scene. We can help you:

    • Clarify your strengths and how they relate to majors and career fields
    • Map out a career plan
    • Create your résumé and prepare for interviews
    • Look for internships and jobs
    Three professionals sitting around a table, and talking.

    Career Opportunities

    Typical business communication jobs include:

    • Public Relations Associate, Broadcast or Media Analyst
    • Employee Communications Specialist
    • Investor Relations Manager
    • Customer Relations Specialist
    • Business Analyst