JTC 301 - Corporate and Professional Communication (GT-CO3)

  • 3 credits

JTC 301 – Corporate and Professional Communication works from the premise that the successful corporate leaders of tomorrow need to be trained in the effective communication of today. From instant messaging to text messaging to blogging, today’s corporations are embracing new media platforms to communicate their messages internally and externally. As a result, successful corporate employees must not only be comfortable using these new technologies but be able to critically understand how they are changing the landscape of workplace communication.

This class draws upon popular culture (TV shows like The Office, Parks and Recreation, and films like Up in the Air) and engaging, accessible books like Message Not Received to explore how new media platforms are changing the best practices of corporate communication. This course also challenges students to take one writing project, a white paper, through the entire writing process cycle (researching, planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing). By the end of the course, students will be able to write more clearly (using both traditional and new communication platforms) and analyze how technology is changing corporate communication.

In a 16-week semester, you should expect to spend about 6-9 hours each week on schoolwork. Meanwhile, in a 12-week semester, you should expect to spend about 8-12 per week on course content.

This course meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements for Advanced Writing (Category 2) and is approved under gtPathways in the content area of Advanced Writing (GT-CO3).


CO 150 (College Composition) or HONR 193 (Seminar).

Important Information

This course was previously titled "Business Communication."

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Message Not Received: Why Business Communication is Broken and How to Fix It, 1st Ed. (2015)
    Simon, Phil
    ISBN: 978-1119017035
  • Successful Writing at Work: Concise (2015)
    Philip Kolin
    ISBN: 978-1285052564


Linnea Ward
Linnea Ward


Linnea Sudduth Ward is an instructor in the Department of Journalism and Media Communication. Dr. Ward's recent research interests focus on people's communication about and perceptions of social norms across contexts like technology platforms and culture. For example, her dissertation research considered how a group of "trailing wives"--or, women who move for their partners' needs rather than their own--used social media to practice resilience.

Dr. Ward's personal academic experiences deeply influence her approach to online course instruction. Throughout her time as an undergraduate and graduate student, she completed several online courses. As a result, she is particularly passionate about integrating varied learning activities into courses, providing substantial feedback on course assignments, and clearly outlining course expectations (particularly, grading expectations). Additionally, given her personal interest in popular culture, Dr. Ward enjoys integrating movies and television shows into coursework.