Interpersonal Communication is one of the longest standing concentrations in the School of Communication Studies. For more than 20 years, the program has attracted students choosing to study interpersonal dynamics.
Regardless of the career, a valuable skill is the ability to listen and communicate effectively with others. Interpersonal communication majors will develop refined abilities to assess verbal and nonverbal messages, evaluate intended and unintended effects of messages, interpret diverse meaning, and produce culturally sensitive messages. Interpersonal Communication majors also will develop an enhanced capability to make use of new communication technologies available for interaction.
The most recent job outlook statistics from the National Association for Colleges and Employers rank effective communication skills as the most important job characteristic employers consider when making hiring decisions, ranking above even technical skills.
Greater competence and training in Interpersonal Communication prepare students to work more effectively in a wide range of situations and to meet industry demands with communication theory and research.
"The School of Communication Studies has opened many doors for me. I worked as an intern for the Communication Department and loved it! It was a great experience and was just one of many ways to get involved in the department!"
- Laura Norman, Senior, Interpersonal Communication
"Interpersonal Communication is relevant not just for a career, but for everyday life. I have used every bit of information for professional relationships and in my personal relationships. This major fosters personal growth."
- Taneisha Fair, Interpersonal Communication