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Interpersonal Communication Concentration


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 23-24 hours of core requirements and 18 hours of interpersonal communication concentration courses, for a total of 41-42 hours. The concentration requires one writing intensive course, an internship and a minimum of six hours at the 300 or 400 levels.


Communication Major with Interpersonal Communication Concentration 41-42 hours
Required Major CoursesCOM - 215: Introduction to Public Relations (3 cr.)
COM - 225: Public Speaking (3 cr.)
COM - 260: Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.)
COM - 290: Introduction to Mass Communication (3 cr.)
COM - 330: Communication Research Methods (3 cr.)
COM - 480: Communication Internship (3 cr.)
COM - 495: Communication Theory (3 cr.)
One course selected from the following
COM - 410: Senior Thesis (2 cr.)
COM - 498: Honors Thesis (3 cr.)

Concentration in MajorCOM - 370: Nonverbal Communication (3 cr.)
COM - 375: Gender Communication (3 cr.)
COM - 390: Intercultural Communication (3 cr.)
COM - 450: Relational Communication (3 cr.)

Electives6 credit hours of electives chosen from the following
Any COM course at the 200, 300, or 400 level.
CD - 335: Families and Close Relationships (3 cr.)
PSY - 212: Psychology of Gender Roles (3 cr.)
PSY - 332: Perception (3 cr.)
PSY - 410: Social Psychology (3 cr.)
SOC - 260: Cultural Anthropology (3 cr.)
SOC - 335: Race and Ethnic Relations (3 cr.)

For double majors, other electives may be approved by the department head. Consult with your advisor.



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Teresa Holder
Head, Department of Communication
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