Dec 07, 2023  
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Department of Business Communication

The Department of Business Communication offers core and elective classes in a variety of topics relating to interpersonal, internal and external communication in organizations, business writing and oral communication and presentations, group and team communication processes, persuasion, networking and leadership. Courses also focus on critical thinking and decision-making processes, cross-cultural business communication, media-mediated communication, and ethics.

The importance of effective communication to the success of individuals and organizations and their stakeholders has increased exponentially in the age of globalization and the Internet. New media technologies are changing communication at the workplace and influencing how business is conducted. Understanding communication theory, concepts, practice and skills will help students advance themselves and their organizations regardless of their positions or industries. The ability to communicate strategically in times of calm or crisis is essential for career success.


Undergraduate Minor


Undergraduate Major


Department of Business Communication
Marshall School of Business
Accounting 400
(213) 740-0627
FAX: (213) 740-9428

Chair: Kirk Snyder, EdD


Professors of Clinical Business Communication: Jolanta Aritz, PhD; Stephen Byars, PhD; Pete Cardon, PhD*; Ellen-Linnea Dipprey, MPW*; Jerry Giaquinta, PhD, JD; Lucy Lee, PhD*; Sharoni Little, PhD*; Greg Patton, PhD*; Marion Philadelphia, EdD*; Kirk Snyder, EdD*

Associate Professors of Clinical Business Communication: Lee Cerling, PhD; Stacy Geck, MA*; Stephen J. Lind, PhD; James Owens, EdD; Naomi Warren, PhD*

Assistant Professors of Clinical Business Communication: Lindsey Bier, PhD; Yijia (Veronica) Guo, PhD; Andrew Ogilvie, PhD

Senior Lecturers: Clark C. Hansen, MA; Janna Wong-Healy, MPW

Lecturer: Maria Colman, MBA

Emeritus Professors: J. Douglas Andrews, PhD; Sandra Chrystal, PhD*; Paul Frommer, PhD; James Gosline, MPW

*Recipient of university-wide or school teaching award.


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