The interpersonal communication concentration focuses on theories of relational communication and methods of improving an individual’s success in social interactions. Students who choose a concentration in interpersonal communication often pursue careers in human resources, graduate counseling programs, law school, and the ministry.

The curriculum emphasizes social relationships, genders and cultures, nonverbal communication and communication in business settings. Students must complete 25 hours of core requirements and 18 hours of interpersonal communication concentration courses, for a total of 43 hours.

Communication Major with Interpersonal Communication Concentration – 43 hours

Required Major Courses – 25 hours

COM – 215Introduction to Public Relations (3 cr.)
COM – 225Public Speaking (3 cr.)
COM – 260Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.)
COM – 290Introduction to Mass Communication (3 cr.)
COM – 295Career Planning and Portfolio (1 cr.)
COM – 330Communication Research Methods (3 cr.)
COM – 350Business and Professional Communication (3 cr.)
COM – 480Communication Internship (0, varied course cr.)
COM – 495Senior Seminar (3 cr.)

Concentration in Interpersonal Communication – 18 hours

COM – 370Nonverbal Communication (3 cr.)
COM – 375Gender Communication (3 cr.)
COM – 390Intercultural Communication (3 cr.)
COM – 450Relational Communication (3 cr.)
COM – 475Interpersonal Capstone (3 cr.)

Approved Electives – 3 hours

Any COM course at the 200, 300, or 400 level.
CD – 335Families and Close Relationships (3 cr.)
PSY – 212Psychology of Gender Roles (3 cr.)
PSY – 332Perception (3 cr.)
PSY – 410Social Psychology (3 cr.)
SOC – 260Cultural Anthropology (3 cr.)
SOC – 335Race and Ethnic Relations (3 cr.)
For double majors, other electives may be approved by the department head. Consult with your advisor.

Why major in Communication?

Our communication program focuses on real-world learning through professional internships and hands-on experience in the classroom.

 

Our communication program focuses on real-world learning through professional internships and hands-on experience in the classroom.

Contact Information
Teresa Holder
Head, Department of Communication
(919) 760-8803
tlholder@meredith.edu
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