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Human Communication Studies Emphasis

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Human Communication Studies

If your goal is to gain strong communication skills and knowledge to prepare you for a broad range of jobs, then welcome to Human Communication Studies. People talking to other people—whether by texting, teleconferencing or face-to-face—is essential to our social and personal worlds, and to the business and professional arenas. College graduates who have effective communication skills and knowledge of the communication process will be qualified for a variety of employment options. As a student of Human Communication you will enhance your skills in group collaboration and leadership, conflict management, team presentations, and adapting to communication media like email, instant messaging and cell phones. These skills are valuable for entry-level positions and beyond in corporate training, human resources, sales, corporate and employee communications, and management as well as being in demand at non-profit organizations and agencies.

Along with stronger communication skills, your coursework in Human Communication Studies helps you understand essential processes such as verbal and nonverbal communication, conflict, and persuasion. How and why does conflict happen and why does it sometimes escalate? What communication strategies seem to work when trying to get others to comply with a request? What happens when there is no nonverbal communication such as when we are using email or writing on someone’s Facebook wall? These are important questions, affecting our work and personal lives, and by studying Human Communication you will learn answers to them.

You will choose courses that look at a range of communication contexts including interpersonal, family, group, organizational, and intercultural settings and participate in a variety of activities. You may, for example, examine relationship conflicts between co-workers or roommates, with a team study and propose solutions to campus problems, analyze online interactions, observe nonverbal behaviors and practices, or describe family interaction patterns.

By developing your skills and understanding of essential communication processes across a variety of contexts, the Human Communication Studies emphasis puts you on a path for career and personal success. For more information about the Human Communication Studies emphasis, contact Dr. Robert Duran, Dr. Donald Ellis, Dr. Branislav Kovacic, or Dr. Lynne Kelly.

Course requirements

In addition to the Communication Core, students in the Human Communication Studies emphasis take:

3 courses from among these courses in Human Communication Processes:

  • CMM 212 Persuasion
  • CMM 251 Nonverbal Communication
  • CMM 366 Computer-Mediated Communication
  • CMM 335 Ethnic & Intercultural Communication
  • CMM 340 Conflict and Communication
  • CMM 428 Language and Communication

3 courses from among these courses in Human Communication Contexts:

  • CMM 222 Small Group Communication
  • CMM 225W Interpersonal Communication
  • CMM 230 Organizational Communication
  • CMM 325 Family Communication
  • CMM 343 Communication in Contemporary Organizations
  • CMM 412 Communication and Organizational Problem Solving
  • CMM 447 Linking Interpersonal and Organizational Communication

One course each from the School of Communication’s other two emphases (Advertising and Public Relations and Media and Journalism) or two courses from either one of them.

More details about these requirements are provided on the Human Communication Studies Course Requirements form.

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