The Millikin Difference

As a business communication major, you will study the nature and role of communication in professional contexts. More specifically, you will learn to craft and deliver the critical messages of a business to essential stakeholders such as employees, customers and investors.

The curriculum will provide you with the communication skills and business acumen to identify organizational objectives, understand stakeholders and convey meaningful insights. This major prepares students for a wide range of careers in professional contexts.

Career Opportunities

A degree in business communication will prepare you for versatile careers in communication, marketing, and public relations fields. Specific career roles include:

  • Communication specialist
  • Communication manager
  • Fundraiser
  • Talent acquisition/recruiting
  • Customer relations
  • Sales consultant
  • Professional/corporate trainer
  • Social media manager

$57,089 Average starting salary for graduates*

*National Association of Colleges and Employers, 2020

Performance Learning

Performance Learning is Millikin's hands-on approach to learning that allows you to apply what you're learning in the classroom to real-world situations. With Performance Learning, you perform the actual work of your future career starting on day one.

As a business communication major, you will experience Performance Learning through applications such as social media certification, an intercultural communication training seminar and various non-profit organization projects.

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Required Courses

Business Communication Course List

Business Communication 8-Semester Plan

Business Requirements (25 credits)

  • ET100 Business Creation
  • IS120 Intro to Business Analytics
  • ET230 Financial Decision Making
  • EC120 Principles of Economics
  • BU250 Written Business Communication
  • MK200 Principles of Marketing
  • FI300 Personal Finance
  • ET235 Customer Discovery
  • MG300 Organizational Behavior and Change

Communication Core (18 credits)

  • CO101 Communication Theory
  • CO204 Communication Research Methods
  • CO341 Organizational Communication
  • CO432 Intercultural Communication
  • MK363 Brand Loyalty through Digital Media
  • CO480 Communication Internship OR MK471 Digital Marketing Internship

Business Communication Electives (choose 15 credits)

  • AT110 Intro to Digital Media
  • CO251 Intro to Public Relations
  • CO360 Crisis Communication
  • CO343 Communication and Conflict
  • CO332 Gender Communication
  • EN305 Web Publishing
  • MK307 IMC Campaigns
  • MK308 Consumer Behavior & Analysis
  • MK310 Personal Selling & Sales Management
  • MK330 Event Planning
  • OL344 Organizational Leadership
  • PS130 Intro to Psychology
  • PS305 Social Psychology
  • PS332 Memory & Cognition
  • PS315 Perception
  • SO313 Multiculturalism & Diversity
  • Other Communication or Digital Marketing courses as approved by Chair or Dean