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Department of Communication

Interpersonal & Public Communication

This concentration prepares students to develop verbal communication skills in an environment that gives equal attention to theory and practice.

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Interpersonal & Public Communication

Develop the skills needed to contextualize and communicate a message effectively to others in a variety of situations.

In the Interpersonal & Public Communication concentration, students develop verbal communication skills in an environment that gives equal attention to theory and practice. This concentration prepares students for careers in public relations, political campaigns, work in ministry and other non-profit organizations, and more. All Communication majors also take a foundational selection of courses in public speaking, communication law and research, public relations, mass media, graphic design, and journalism.

Interpersonal & Public Communication is offered as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The B.A. degree requires an additional twelve hours of foreign languages. 

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Requirements Class Name Hours
University Core Courses   42 
Communication Core   28
COM 102 Communication Research & Writing 3
COM 103 Fundamentals of Digital Communication 3
COM 202 Interpersonal Communication 3
COM 304 Public Speaking 3
COM 338 Media in Society 3
COM 442 Communication Law 3
COM 443 Public Relations 3
COM 480 Communication Internship 3
COM 499 Senior Portfolio 1
JOU 333

Introduction to Journalism

3
Interpersonal & Public
Communication
Concentration Courses
  18
COM 203 Professional Communication Skills 3
COM 301 Nonverbal Communication 3
COM 305 Argumentation 3
COM 401 Team-Based Communication 3
COM 403 Negotiation 3
COM 449 Intercultural Communication 3
Minor   18
Electives   12
Foreign Languages
(Bachelor of Arts only)
  12
Additional Electives
(Bachelor of Science Only)
  12
Total    130