Only a fraction of your communication time and effort are spent on writing, but without question, the most important issues in business end up on paper. This course will help you improve your writing, as well as your critical thinking skills. We look at a range of expression issues related to language use, style, tone, grammar, punctuation, and organization. You will learn to make decisions about document preparation, including format, layout, and design. You also will develop an understanding of the ethical dimensions of business writing. You cannot become a better writer overnight, but this course can begin the process. (1.5 credit hours) *Helps fulfill writing-intensive course requirement


This course explores the communication process and shows how success in business is directly related to your ability to integrate speaking skills with communication strategy and theory. More information is passed orally in business than ever before. This course can help you improve your speaking skills and overcome your fear of giving a speech. You will learn to research, write, organize, and present business briefings, informative speeches, and persuasive talks using presentation software. You will learn to develop effective visuals that communicate data-driven insights. Lastly, you will confront and overcome your fears about speaking in public, and provide peer feedback to classmates. (1.5 credit hours)


This course focuses on the writing, speaking and interpersonal skills that managers will need to solve everyday communication problems. Topics include researching corporate strategic initiatives, delivering informative and persuasive presentations, and communicating data. A case analysis and discussion approach asks you to solve authentic problems within the context of a business communicating for varied audiences, including executives, customers, employees, shareholders, the press, and the public. (1.5 credit hours) *Helps fulfill writing-intensive course requirement


Your career success will depend in part on your ability to reach agreements with other parties on important matters when the interests of the other parties may be in opposition to your own. Improving this skill, the skill of negotiation, is the focus of this course. We use classic theory, recent research findings, and a series of role-play exercises to introduce you to all phases of the negotiation process. You will learn how to prepare for success, perform well in the negotiation interaction, and recognize post-settlement opportunities. The role-play exercises feature a variety of situations and issues for the broadest range of experiential learning. (1.5 credit hours)


A principal challenge for anyone working with ubiquitous data is communicating results of an analysis to stakeholders. This course teaches students the art of clear, effective, and engaging data presentation with attention to the business necessity of translating complex technical subjects into actionable insights for a lay audience. Students will harness the power of storytelling for the strategic benefit of an organization by turning a raw set of data into a compelling message that resonates with an intended audience.


This Spring 1.0-credit hour course will explore issues, ideas, and trends likely to affect business and society over the next decade. A series of seven separate lectures on selected Friday mornings from 10:40 a.m. to 12:10 noon. No examinations. Students must attend all lectures; no unexcused absences. (1.5 credit hours)