Interpersonal Communication

Communication students dressed for interviews.The interpersonal communication major is designed for students who want the knowledge and ability to work closely with people in interpersonal relationships and communication contexts. Depending upon your interests and additional majors or minors, you may choose from a wide range of career choices.

Areas of interest

This major is excellent for students interested in social service careers, where knowledge and ability in interpersonal relationships is critical to success. Many students go on to graduate school from this major. Your study will cover the following areas of interest:

  • Communication ethics
  • Gender interaction
  • Health communication
  • Persuasion
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Family communication
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Human-machine communication
  • Artificial intelligence and social interaction 
  • Communication theory
  • Communication research
  • Group communication
  • Group problem solving
  • Conflict resolution
  • Decision-making
  • Team building
  • Negotiation skills
  • Effective listening
  • Motivating others
  • Leadership
  • Public speaking


Current requirements for interpersonal communication:

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Declare as a major

If you are not currently in School of Communication and would like to switch to an interpersonal communication major, please meet with the School of Communication academic advisor.

Declare this as your major

Recommended Minors

  • User Experience/Human-Computer Interaction (UX/HCI)
  • Gender & Women's Studies
  • Race & Ethnic Relations
  • Nonprofit Leadership with Certification 
  • Psychology