Program Summary

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Understand How Effective Communication Can Help Companies Thrive

The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Professional Communication can prepare you to better understand communication within businesses and organizations. In this program, delivered online through Penn State World Campus, you can learn to use communication concepts, principles, theories, and perspectives to aid in vital decision-making and problem-solving processes. You will focus on the value of research methods to reinforce ethical practices so you can acquire the skills to effectively create and present reliable information.

The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Professional Communication curriculum provides a solid foundation in preparing you to generate messages that are appropriate to their audience, purpose, and context. This includes not only written but also oral communication to help you develop professional texts in a variety of genres. For global businesses and organizations, in particular, these communication skills are highly valued; acquiring this could help you advance your career in any number of fields.

Why Organizational and Professional Communication at Penn State?

This program will give you the opportunity to study with well-respected faculty from Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts, one of the premier institutions in the world to study and work in the liberal arts disciplines. The online format of this program provided by Penn State World Campus also allows you to continue working — and study when it is most convenient for you around your schedule.

Who Should Apply?

This is an excellent program if you work in or plan to pursue employment in public information, human resources, corporate training, business management, or research. The curriculum is flexible enough, however, to allow you to tailor some of the courses to your areas of interest. 

Career Opportunities for BA OPC Graduates

As a graduate of the BA OPC degree program, you can prepare for positions such as:

  • communications consultant
  • human resources manager
  • public information officer
  • market researcher
  • mediation specialist
  • public relations manager
  • rhetorician/rhetorical consultant

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions.