About the Program

Curriculum and Courses


CJ 390 – Communication in Interpersonal and Cultural Contexts

Emphasizes skills and knowledge for competent communication in interpersonal contexts and in globally and domestically diverse situations. Analysis and application of principles and theories including conflict, self-concept and self-presentation within and between diverse populations.

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CJ 391 – Communication in Organizations: Perspectives and Applications

Explores the role of competent communication in organizational effectiveness and member satisfaction. Reviews major perspectives and key theories of organizational communication, and builds skills for leadership and management in corporate and community organizations.

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CJ 392 – Communication in Teams and Groups

Theories, concepts and skills to enhance communication in community and professional groups and teams. Includes problem-solving, decision-making, conflict resolution, team-building, and leadership.

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CJ 492 – Analyzing and Improving Organizational Communication

Emphasis on assessing organizational communication needs, and designing, implementing and evaluating strategies to address them. Focus on enhancing messages for external audiences as well as training and development, supervision, and change messages for internal audiences.

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CS 290 – Introduction to Data Management

An introduction to managing data using technology. Topics include understanding different types of data, managing data using spreadsheets and databases, creating application macros to manipulate data, designing and implementing databases, and visualizing data.

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ECON 373 – Economics of Urban Issues

This course provides an introduction to fundamental economic concepts, which are then applied to analyze urban issues such as housing, transportation, urban congestion, crime, and local government finance.

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HIST 390 – Local History, Global History

Examines the connections between the history of Wisconsin and the broad forces of global history. Topics include first peoples, expansion of world trade, colonization, long-distance immigration, the development of new societies, and globalization.

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IDIS 360 – The Workforce in Music, Literature, and Art

Students will examine the ways that different professions and professional communities are represented in art, literature, and music. Topics include urban/rural work, employer/employee relations, and race/class/gender/sexuality in the workplace.

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IDIS 370 – Science and Society

This course examines how science affects our social, cultural, economic, and political lives. Emphasis will be on ethical, legal, and social issues arising from the knowledge, advancements, applications, and technologies gained from natural sciences.

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PHIL 301 – Ethics in the Professions and the Community

A survey of major ethical theories and their applications in the professions and in community affairs, including key ethical issues in medicine, law, business, computing, and government.

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PSAS 300 – Introduction to Organizational Leadership and Communication

Introduces the principles of effective organizational leadership and communication. Emphasizes the role of writing, speaking, analysis, and research in organizational leadership. Prepares students to ntegrate content and skills from courses across the major.

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PSAS 350 – Using Data to Make Decisions

Students will learn basic research tools and methods—both qualitative and quantitative—grounded in the social sciences—to assist them in formulating and addressing real-world problems. Course will also address the application of appropriate technology tools including database management and statistical software.

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PSAS 480 – Organizational Leadership and Communication Capstone

Culminating experience taken near the end of the major program. Students engage in collaborative research, internship, volunteering, or other immersion experience resulting in a final project integrating the practice of skills with the application of knowledge from the major.

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PSB 321 – Business Communication for Today’s Workforce

Students will focus on oral and written business communication theory and practice to enhance their communication skills. The use of technology for communicating in today’s business environment is explored.

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PSB 350 – Principles of Management and Leadership

Managerial functions of planning, organizing, directing and controlling as they apply to organizations are discussed. Principles of leadership, motivation and project management as they relate to the role of individual and team applications are examined.

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PSB 360 – Marketing and Selling Your Ideas

Examines how profit and nonprofit organizations identify and evaluate customer needs, and then offer need-satisfying products and services. Explores how individuals can promote their ideas in a persuasive manner.

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PSB 370 – Human Resource and Legal Issues in the Workplace

Recruiting, selection, appraisal, training, reward systems, and employee relations in the workplace are examined. Addresses Equal Opportunity Law and international human resource issues, as well as basic workplace legal issues.

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PSB380 – Accounting for the Workplace

An introduction to basic accounting concepts students encounter in their lives. Financial statements are analyzed to reveal the financial health of a person or organization. Students are also shown how to include financial information when making decisions about investing, borrowing, and budgeting.

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POLS 387 – The Psychology of Public Opinion

This course will look at the ways in which individuals and groups form opinions on issues of relevance to themselves and their communities, as well as examine the ways in which opinion can be measured and mismeasured.

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SOC 385 – Social Foundations of Work and Occupations

Examines historical trends in the nature of work and occupations; trends in employment, unemployment, and the impact of technology on work in the global economy; the experience of paid and unpaid work across gender, race, and class; and issues surrounding work-life balance.

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