The Strategic Communication Pathway focuses on historical and contemporary challenges, and theoretical and practical orientations, in organization studies. Central among the pathway courses are questions about the role of communication and discourse in human organizing. Courses are guided by the principle that creating mutually beneficial relationships among organizations and their stakeholders is the task of communication professionals, and coursework is oriented to exploring and practicing this principle within local, national, and international organizations possessing a service mandate. This combination of intensive education, training, and service positions graduates to successfully contribute to strategic management and communication activities within public, commercial and non-governmental organizations. The Pathway focuses on organizational communication and discourse, public relations, identity, culture, power, diversity, media, and technology. 

We also offer a Certificate in Strategic Communication


Pathway graduates are prepared for strategic management and communication positions within public, commercial, and non-governmental organizations. Students and graduates have interned and/or gone on to work for organizations including:

  •     Bayard Public Relations
  •     Bloom Marketing
  •     Children's Hospital Office of Public Relations
  •     Crispin Porter + Bogusky
  •     Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver
  •     Level 5 Marketing
  •     Linhart Public Relations
  •     Metzger Associates
  •     Ogilvy Public Relations
  •     The Integer Group
  •     Turner Public Relations
  •     Yelp

Contact the department's Internship Coordinator to discuss opportunities with these and other organizations.

  • 1071 Introduction to Journalism
  • 2030 Digital Democracy*
  • 2045 Workplace Communication*
  • 2051 Introduction to Strategic Communication*
  • 2071 Media Writing Skills
  • 2081 New Media Production & Management
  • 3660 Social Media for Social Change
  • 3939 Internships
  • 4051 Advanced Strategic Communication
  • 4240 Organizational Communication*
  • 4255 Negotiation and Bargaining*
  • 4665 Principles of Advertising
  • 4995 Managing Across Cultures (travel study to Italy in Maymester)

​* = Online format

For  related classes outside Communication, consider electives from the College of Arts and Media, the School of Public Affairs, and the School of Business.

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