Interpersonal and Relational Communication

This specialization focuses on interpersonal communication processes in a variety of contexts and the development of relationships throughout a person's lifespan. Central competencies include application of relevant interpersonal communication theories, diagnosis of relational issues with emphasis on enhanced interpersonal competence, recognition of ethical dimensions of relational communication, and the maintenance of healthy personal and professional relationships.

Major Core (15 credits)

All students in the Communication Bachelor of Science Program are required to take the following five courses:
COM 200 - Fundamentals of Communication Design
COM 215 - Small Group Communication
COM 225 - Interpersonal Communication
COM 253 - Fundamentals of Video Production
COM 497 - Field Experience

Communication majors must also successfully complete COM 101 - Professional Presentations to satisfy 3 credits of the LEP Tier 1 Technological Fluency Requirement.

Interpersonal and Relational Communication Specialization Requirements (18 credits)

All students in the Interpersonal and Relational Communication Specialization are required to take the following six courses:
COM 233 - Communication in Relational Development
COM 287 - Introduction to Communication Research
COM 370 - Interpersonal Conflict and Communication
COM 387 - Communication Theory
COM 440 - Cultural Influences in Communication
COM 481 - Applied Perspectives in Interpersonal Communication

Interpersonal and Relational Communication Specialization Electives (12 credits)

All students in the Interpersonal and Relational Communication Specialization are required to choose four of the following courses. Additional courses can be taken as Free Electives.
COM 250 - Business and Professional Communication
COM 275 - Persuasion
COM 312 - Communication and Gender
COM 322 - Communication Training and Development
COM 332 - Interviewing
COM 375 - Family Communication
COM 494 - Practicum in Intercultural Communication