Florida Southern College’s Department of Communication encourages the mastery of dynamic communication methods and practical theories that are applicable to real life experiences.

WHY CHOOSE FSC FOR Interpersonal and Organizational Communication

  • Our esteemed faculty are members of professional organizations and draw from their extensive research in communication.
  • Faculty mentor student projects dealing with mediation, organizational consulting, conflict management, leadership training, human resources, and the role of communication in interpersonal and organizational contexts.
  • Classes are personalized with an average student to faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Scheduling is flexible and convenient for the non-traditional adult professional.
  • Accelerated, seven-week academic terms enable full-time students to complete up to 48 credit hours per year.
  • Network with industry leading communication professionals.

Communication is an important tool utilized in all areas of life. This versatile degree will improve speaking and writing skills, providing the ideal preparation for careers that involve human relations related to Interpersonal & Organizational Communication. FSC faculty work one-on-one with their students outside of the classroom, advising them through their college experience, as well as mentoring them in other career related activities.

Program outcome goals for Communication students

  • Understand communication theories and integrate them into your own real-world work and life situations.
  • Build relationships with local organizations to help you make connections in your area of study.
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills to be a competent leader.
  • Learn methods to conduct extensive research, creating a case study that is applicable to your own interests and/or workplace setting. 
  • Communicate effectively across diverse populations.

Graduate & Professional Opportunities

A degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from FSC prepares you for further studies in graduate programs that emphasize Communication Arts, Communication Studies, Health Communication, International and Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Legal Communication, Organizational Communication, Performance Studies, Political Communication, Public Address, Public Relations, and Rhetorical Criticism.

Our graduates are also prepared for professional degree programs such as law and theological studies and graduate programs such as anthropology, business, criminology, education, english, mass communication, philosophy, psychology, public administration, religion, social work, sociology, theater arts, urban studies, and women’s studies.

Departmental Clubs & Organizations

Students have an opportunity to join local organizations, connecting them to professionals throughout the nation.

Active professional organizations include the Florida Public Relations Association, the American Advertising Federation, and the National Broadcasting Society.

Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor Society, promotes leadership in the field of communication through volunteering in the community and in leadership workshops offered on campus.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

There are numerous sources for scholarships related to FSC’s communications degrees. Full-time status is required for most scholarships. This is just a partial list of websites that offer information on scholarships:

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Degree Requirements

Interpersonal and Organizational Communication Major Requirements

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 40 hours
SPC 1500 Fundamentals of Speech
SPC 2250 Interpersonal Communication
SPC 2260 Small Group Communication
SPC 2270 Intercultural Communication
SPC 3210 Organizational Communication
COM/SPC 3900 Special Topics in Communication
COM/SPC 4550 Communication Research
COM/SPC 4999 Speech and Mass Communication Theory
SPC 4900 Senior Thesis
  And four-hours elective credit in BUS, COM, or SPC
C. Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements 12 hours
D. Electives 16-24 hours
E. Total 124 hours

For a complete listing of requirements, please refer to the
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Admission Requirements

  • Completed Online Application
  • Official Transcripts of all Academic Work
  • If less than 60 credit hours have been earned from a regionally accredited college or university, official high school transcripts are also required.


Jimmy Botero

Course Descriptions

Four hours. Theory and practice of public address; preparation and delivery of short speeches; development of critical thinking and listening. Gen Ed: EC-B

Four hours. A study of the dynamics of human communication in various settings. Course focus is on verbal and nonverbal messages, listening, conflict, and relationships. Group and partner discussions, oral presentations, and performances are important elements of class. Gen Ed: SW (Aw, Ap), EC-B

Four hours. The study of small group communication theory and practice in various situations. Course focus is on how small groups are used to solve problems, reach decisions, and make recommendations. Groups will work with campus and community groups to identify solutions and make recommendations to solve presented issues. Gen Ed: SW (Aw, Ap)

Four hours. This course explores the unique relationship between communication and culture. Students examine their own cultural view as they are exposed to a variety of cultural dynamics and mores in this increasingly global society. This course balances concepts and theories of intercultural communication with practical application. The goal of this course is to enhance the student’s effectiveness as a communicator. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw, An), EC-B

Four hours. Successful completion of Effective Communication SLO A. This course focuses on the principles of communication within a variety of organizational structures. Students will explore and discuss research on communication networks, how information is processed within systems, and the relationship between communication and organizational culture and climate. Gen Ed: SW (Aw, Ap), EC-B
Four hours. Prerequisites: Either COM/SPC 3400 or COM 3300 or SPC 3210 and successful completion of four hours of the Systematic and Creative Thinking: Quantitative SLO. Students are introduced to quantitative and qualitative research methodologies used by communication professionals and researchers. The course focuses on proper application of methodologies and interpretation of data. Gen Ed: Ql

Four hours. Prerequisite: Successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. Concentrated study of a special topic in speech communication such as health communication, rhetoric of the 1960s, rhetoric of the women’s movement, narrative inquiry, communication as performance, communicating addiction, or ethnography.

Four hours. Prerequisites: Either COM/SPC 4400 or COM 4300 or SPC 3210, and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. Seminar in speech and mass communication theory and its role in the study of mediated and human communication. This course will explore foundations of communication research, memes in the literature, and current trends. Students will be responsible for writing a research paper focused on a topic of significance within the field of communication. Gen Ed: EC-C

Four hours. Prerequisites: SPC 3210 and COM/SPC 4550 or by permission of instructor. Must be Senior standing and meet GPA requirements, which include a minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 overall cumulative and a GPA requirement of 3.5 within the Communication Major. In this course students will develop, execute, create, and present an original research project.