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 the 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
  • 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, maths 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.

    Course Requirements

    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

    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, maths 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

    Degree Awarded

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

    Tutoring

    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

    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.

    Develop your communication strategies and explore cross-functional electives

    Students studying business communications have the opportunity to explore a variety of cross-functional electives while learning the skills to be a successful business communicator.

    Students working

    Versatile elective options

    The Business Communication concentration combines the broad base of a business major with versatile elective options. The cross-functional nature of business communicators led to the inclusion of electives from 6 different departments (STCM, JOUR, COMM, MGMT, MKTG and BLAW). This means that Business Communication students enjoy the opportunity to customize their course portfolio in preparation for a broad range of careers as a business communicator, ranging from managerial leadership to copywriting to social media marketing.

    Student ideating using post-it notes

    Hands-on capstone experience

    BCOM 435: Management Priorities and the Business Communicator

    This course aims to tie together the many elements of business and professional marketing / corporate communication students learn about in the concentration. Through a series of case studies, activities and a summative research project, students will learn about how to best position communication strategies and themselves to be well received by management.

    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

    GHR Fellows Program

    • Full tuition and fees for four years (and may, pending demonstrated financial need, receive grant funds that cover room and board at St. Thomas)
    • A fully funded J-Term study abroad experience
    • Professional coaching and mentorship
    • Networking opportunities with Fortune 500 business executives and community leaders
    GHR Fellows Program Information

    Fauth Business Scholarships

    The Opus College of Business awards this competitive scholarship to incoming students who intend to major in Business. Each year, up to four $10,000 / year scholarships are awarded.

    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, a 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

    Take the Next Step

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