The Communication Major with an Interpersonal Communication concentration explores how meaning develops in messages within personal, social, and institutional relationships, as well as how patterns of human communication behavior contribute to Christian community.

Requirements for the major are 32 hours: 14 hours in the Communication Core, 16 hours in a Concentration, and 2 elective hours of any Communication course. The Core consists of 4 courses in performance, theory, research, and a senior capstone (in which each student submits a portfolio and has a senior assessment interview). These four core courses should be completed in sequence.

To complement core courses, students select a concentration in Interpersonal Communication, Media Studies, Rhetoric and Culture, or Theater. Within each concentration, there are requirements and electives with course work progressing from introductory to advanced levels of study.

General Education Requirement. The following courses fulfill the oral communication competency requirement:

COMM 101Public Speaking2
COMM 201Fundamentals of Oral Communication (Communication majors and minors only)4
COMM 252Argumentation and Debate4

This requirement should be completed by the end of the sophomore year.

Along with specific requirements for any major, all students in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs must meet all general education and graduation requirements under a single catalog.

Communication Core 14
COMM 201Fundamentals of Oral Communication4
COMM 301Communication Theory4
COMM 311Human Communication Research4
COMM 494Senior Seminar2
Concentration Courses (Required and Elective) 116
Required Concentration Courses6-8
Interpersonal Communication
Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication
Elective Concentration Courses8-10
Communication and Gender
Strategic Communication
Communication and Diversity
Group Dynamics
Reconciliation & Conflict Resolution
Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication (Course may be repeated for separate topics.)
Organizational Communication
Independent Study
Communication Elective2
Select 2 or more credits from any offered COMM course
Total Credits32

Required and Elective Concentration courses must equal a total of 16 credits.