One of the most widely sought skills in organizations today is the ability to communicate effectively. Research reveals that a mastery of critical reasoning, organization and public speaking contributes to successful job performance. We offer majors that recognize communication as the basis for interactions among all human beings. With a degree in communications you’ll develop skills focused in the following areas:

  • Problem-solving
  • Organizational strategy
  • Listening
  • Rhetorical sensitivity
  • Public speaking



Why a B.A. Degree in Organizational or Speech Communication?

One of the most widely sought skills in organizations today is the ability to communicate effectively. McKendree’s bachelor’s degree programs in Organizational Communication and Speech Communication equip you with skills in problem solving, organizational strategy, and public speaking designed to help you succeed in a wide variety of career fields. This highly adaptable degree program gives you the people skills and business know-how to stand out in your career of choice.




Photo of Holman LibraryAbout the Communication Major

Housed within the Division of Humanities, the B.A. in Communication allows students to choose from two major tracks.

Organizational Communication:

This track blends the traditional disciplines of business and speech communication to meet contemporary workforce needs.

2016-2017 Program Catalog

2016-2017 4-Year Plan

Students within this track choose from four areas of emphasis:

  • Human Resources
  • Management
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Professional Communication

Speech Communication:

This track is designed for students who enjoy the challenge of communicating effectively with people.

2016-2017 Program Catalog

2016-2017 4-Year Plan - General Track


Minors in Organizational Communication and Speech Communication are also available.




Photo of McKendree's Entryway MonumentWhy McKendree?

McKendree University provides you with interactive learning opportunities through our small class sizes, experienced faculty, and unique internship experiences that move you beyond the classroom. We are committed to your success in the degree programs we offer, the internships and extracurricular activities that will set you apart, and the college experience you’ll get here. Just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri, McKendree University is located in historic Lebanon, Illinois, and affords students a host of enriching cultural, career, and entertainment opportunities.



Program Highlights


  • Coursework provides a broad foundation for interacting with people in a host of career fields

  • Two major tracks give you the choice to blend communication with business or explore speech theories and strategies

  • Exciting internship opportunities give you on-the-job experience before you graduate

  • Related clubs and honor societies allow you to meet others and enhance your resume through a variety of scholarly opportunities



Photo of McKendree Seal MarkerInternship Opportunities

Our students have interned with a number of local companies, including:

  • Alive Magazine

  • American Red Cross

  • Anderson Hospital

  • Chan Corporation

  • Clear Channel Radio

  • Infinity Broadcasting

  • Regions Bank

  • St. Louis Blues

  • Wells Fargo




Employment Opportunities


Communication graduates are highly skilled in fields such as business, law, education, finance, training and development, social services, and religion.

Our alumni have found employment at companies such as:

  • Business Networking International


  • Scott Air Force Base

  • Edward Jones

  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car

  • Morgan Keegan & Co.

  • Fleishman-Hillard

  • Nestle Purina

  • Region’s Bank

  • St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • Wells Fargo




Interesting Courses


  • Persuasion

  • Small Group Communication

  • Organizational Behavior



Club Information / Honor Societies


  • Speech and Debate Team - McKendree’s nationally-ranked Speech and Debate teams provide communication majors with the unique opportunity to develop their argumentative abilities and compete with other skilled undergraduate debaters.

  • The McKendree Review - Hone your interviewing and writing skills by joining the student newspaper, The McKendree Review.

  • McK Radio - Get firsthand radio broadcasting experience through the university’s own student-run radio station.

  • Lambda Pi Eta (National Speech Communication Honor Society)

  • Pi Kappa Delta (National Speech and Debate Honor Society)




Related Programs


  • Minor in Organizational Communication

  • Minor in Speech Communication

  • Marketing

  • International Relations

  • Political Science




Student Support




Meet the Faculty

Photo of Betsy Gordon, Ph.D.Betsy Gordon, Ph.D.

Professor of Speech Communication
Carnegie Hall 114
(618) 537-6889



Photo of Richard E. Murphy, Ph.D.Richard E. Murphy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Public Relations & Speech Communication
Carnegie Hall 102
(618) 537-6888



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